The first poster for season three of “Graceland” has been released via Entertainment Weekly. If it kinda looks familiar, it’s because the shot was borrowed from the season two promo shoot — although, this time, Daniel Sunjata’s Paul Briggs is at the forefront. Don’t fret, though: Aaron Tveit has already confirmed that his character, Mike Warren, will be “there in some capacity.” “Graceland” returns to USA Network for its third season on June 25th.
Aaron Tveit has been announced as a performer at Vineyard Theatre’s 2015 Gala to take place on Monday, March 30th at the Edison Ballroom in New York. This year, the annual fundraising event will honor Margo Lion, a seasoned producer whose productions have won a total of 20 Tony Awards, 4 Olivier Awards, and 1 Pulitzer Prize. Aaron will join Betty Buckley, Holly Hunter, Kate Mulgrew, Kathleen Chalfant, Matthew Morrison, Tony Kushner, Tonya Pinkins, and host John Waters at the gala. Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) is to direct the evening’s performance.
“We have long admired what Margo [Lion] has accomplished in the theatre; from Jelly’s Last Jam to Angels in America to Hairspray,” said Sarah Stern, the artistic director at Vineyard. “She has been responsible for bringing some of the most groundbreaking plays and musicals of the past three decades to the stage, and we are delighted to be celebrating her in what promises to be a very fun evening, featuring renowned artists and collaborators from the extraordinary works she has produced.”
The Gala event serves as a fundraiser for Vineyard and will include a cocktail hour, auction, and dinner along with live entertainment. Individual tickets range from $1000-2500. For more information – including where/how to book tickets – please visit Vineyard Theatre’s official site.
His performance as John Wilkes Booth in Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins has been lauded, but Aaron Tveit will bow out of the role early due to filming obligations. (Specifically, this news is due to changes in the “Graceland” filming schedule.) Although originally scheduled to perform the entire run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Aaron will now leave the production on February 8th.
Michael Xavier is set to take over the role of Booth. He is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, garnering accolades for his work in Into The Woods and Love Story.
While I know this must be disappointing news to many – including those who have already purchased tickets to Assassins in its last month – I strongly encourage the ongoing support for Menier’s superb production of a classic Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical. It is as timely as ever, Lloyd’s new vision dazzles, and the cast continually provides knockout performances. If you have tickets to any of the remaining shows, I hope you attend and enjoy Assassins, with or without Aaron’s involvement. I promise, you’re still in for a treat.
The first film still from Aaron’s upcoming romantic-comedy, Stereotypically You, has been released via the movie’s Facebook page. Aaron Tveit is featured in the still, along with his co-star Abby Elliott. The photo has been added to the gallery — which, by the way, has recently hit over two million views!
Stereotypically You is directed by Benjamin Cox and does not yet have a release date… but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see it very soon. In fact, they are having screenings in Austin, TX and Dallas, TX on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. They’re also interested in hearing where else they should test screen the movie, so feel free to hop on over to their FB page and leave suggestions.
Photos courtesy of wallshipjournal.tumblr.com.
Back in August, Aaron Tveit and an array of other talented stars recorded a concert at the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, as part of Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The hour-long concert will air on December 31st at 11PM on your local PBS station, helping you to ring in the new year and welcome 2015.
Michael Feinstein is a two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated entertainer. (Aaron also performed with him at the Pasadena Pops’ “New York! New York!” concert back in September.) Other celebrities you can catch at the New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room include Darren Criss, Leslie Odom, Kelli O’Hara, Marilyn Maye, Julia Goodwin, and two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole. “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry wrote and directed this event.
Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek might be New York-based, but he recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about Assassins in London, England. Together, they did a small-scale “Show People” with a cheery Christmas backdrop, where they talked about all things Assassins – including some peculiar John Wilkes Booth-inspired facial hair – and Aaron’s London experience(s). As always, they have a fantastic and comfortable rapport, so the interview is certainly worth a watch.
(You might also be interested in the first ten seconds of this Broadway.com Show.)
The Hollywood Reporter has published a great, new article on Aaron Tveit talking about Assassins and taking on the role of John Wilkes Booth. In the piece, he speaks of how he never dreamed of playing this particular role, but that the Menier Chocolate Factory’s offer made him rethink his days of singing the Balladeer’s parts. “I’ve played a lot of younger men, kind of kids, onstage,” he says, “so I was excited at the chance to actually play more of a man.”
The New York native’s recent relocation to London for the Menier production is also brought up, in which Aaron recalls the spirit of live theater throughout London — even inside pubs. But don’t worry: that doesn’t mean his heart has left NYC. “London’s a great place to be for a while,” he clarifies, “but I always say one of the best things about leaving New York is you get to come back.”
Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for the full piece:
[Aaron Tveit’s] only relationship to the show was through the cast album. He’s relished researching the era during this process, saying history was his favorite subject in school and he’s always been fascinated by the Civil War. But looking at the time period from the Confederate side is new territory for him.
“You start to kind of empathize with Booth in a way, and then you have to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute,'” says Tveit. “Yes, he was fighting against these things, but he did a stupid, terrible thing. The lure of the piece and the production is that it makes you think about the other side of history.”
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Last night (December 1st), the Menier Chocolate Factory in London held its press night for Jamie Lloyd’s Assassins. Aaron Tveit stars in this revival of the Stephen Sondhein/John Weidman musical, portraying Abraham Lincoln murderer John Wilkes Booth. Photos from the press night after-party have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come. You can also view many more images from the evening at Dan Wooller’s site.
The Twitter buzz over this “audacious” revival of Assassins has been incredibly positive since previews started back in November, so it’s no surprise official reviews have been raving as well. ATN has featured the Aaron-specific praise on the Assassins page; you can also read some highlights regarding Aaron’s performance below, from three separate five-star reviews:
“Aaron Tveit is both elegant and provocative as John Wilkes Booth.”
— LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“It is interesting… how Sondheim ennobles the beliefs of the original assassin John Wilkes Booth, he of Abraham Lincoln fame – a marvellous performance from Aaron Tveit – in the glorious ‘aria’ section of ‘The Ballad of Booth,’ and how ‘Another National Anthem’ for those who have slipped through the cracks conveys both anger and fervour.”
— THE ARTS DESK
“[T]hree characters stand out at the front – Broadway import Aaron Tveit as John Wilkes Booth, Jamie Parker as a folk balladeer who becomes Lee Harvey Oswald, and Simon Lipkin as the clown-faced fairground proprietor. The recurring presence of each – sternly principled, lyrical and haunted, by turns – brings this show into a fierce focus that is rarely experienced.”
— THE STAGE
While one solo shot debuted a few days ago, there are now several other production photographs from the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Assassins. You can see some of director Jamie Lloyd’s vision shine through in these group images, where we get our first views of Aaron Tveit’s castmates in costume. As an even bigger treat: these three new pictures are HQ!