On Friday, October 28th, Aaron Tveit took part in the TimesTalk series to help honor the visionary director, Michael Greif. Speaking to The New York Times’ Scott Heller, Greif reflected on his wondrous career, which includes directing RENT, If/Then, Next To Normal, and the upcoming critically-acclaimed Dear Evan Hansen. If you notice a complex theme running through his various productions, there’s a reason for that: “I’m generally drawn to musicals that, at some point, get invested in difficult journeys for their characters,” Greif stated at the event.
In addition to a Q&A with Greif were performances and discussions with actors who have been involved with his work. Ben Platt, Jennifer Damiano, Adam Chanler-Berat, Rachel Bay Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Aaron Tveit were joined by Alex Lacamoire (musical director/orchestrator of Hamilton) on the piano to sing stripped down versions of songs from musicals in which Greif was creatively involved. Aaron sang three songs at the TimesTalk: “One Song Glory” and “What You Own” from RENT and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next To Normal.
You can watch a majority of the Q&A and performances in the video below. For more information on Dear Evan Hansen, check out their official site — and consider checking it out, if you’re in the NYC-area. Tickets are still available via Telecharge.