HQ photos courtesy of Iridescent Hathaway and THG Fan.
Last night, July 16th, Aaron Tveit attended the off-Broadway opening night of the new musical, Dogfight, at Second Stage. Directed by Joe Mantello (Wicked) and featuring music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who wrote “Along The Way”), the musical was a perfect opportunity for a night out to support friends. Check out an exclusive picture sent to ATF featuring Aaron with good friend, Annaleigh Ashford, who is also starring in the show. BroadwayWorld provides a summary of Dogfight below:
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
July 15, 2012 • Category: Graceland
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Showrunner Jeff Eastin recently talked to Collider about the season four premiere of “White Collar,” but he was also asked about his upcoming USA series, “Graceland.” Although he doesn’t mention Aaron Tveit by name, he noted that the cast is “really great” and talked a bit about what to expect with the show. Basically, it’s not going to be much of a family-friendly program. Check out what he had to say on “Graceland” below:
How have things been going with “Graceland”? What can you say about that show and how it fits into the USA Network line-up of shows?
EASTIN: That was the interesting thing. “Graceland” is a much different show than “White Collar.” It’s definitely on the darker side, and that’s really what USA wanted. They said they were going for the younger demographic, and I said, “Are you guys sure about this?,” but they said they liked that it was darker. So, we did it. It’s always a real challenge, but we got a really great cast. We just got the testing back, and the testing was phenomenal, so that gave me a lot of encouragement ’cause you never quite know how an audience is going to react to something. The network really liked it, but to see a test audience really, really react well was fantastic.
One of the interesting things will be how it does fit in. Every show that USA has done lately has pushed a little further. “Burn Notice” started the trend. They were a little darker than “Monk” had been. “Suits” has pushed that even further. “White Collar,” not by choice, has become almost a family show. A lot of parents tell me that they watch it with their kids. That wasn’t a choice. That was just the nature of the show, I think. With white collar crime, you don’t have a lot of blood and guts, and things like that. Just by our nature, “White Collar” is a little safer. “Graceland” is really designed to be darker. I don’t want to spoil too much, but the opening is a guy getting shot on the San Pedro docks and it’s pretty graphic. We’ve got a lot of “White Collar” fans and I hope they like “Graceland.” That will be a real interesting thing for me to see.
On July 5th, the Broadway Softball League returned to their regularly scheduled games. Players went on to bat for the eleventh time of the season, pitting Aaron Tveit’s summer team – Rock of Ages – against War Horse. Unfortunately, RoA lost their first game of 2012, with a final score of 10-4. (We’ll just blame it on the heat, right?) Only one picture of Aaron is available from the day, but it’s been added to the gallery.
July 9, 2012 • Category: General News 0
As previously reported, the Actors Fund’s annual CelebriTee Golf & Tennis Outing was held in New York earlier today, July 9th. Participants in this year’s benefit included Broadway stars such as Liz Callaway and Norm Lewis, pictured above with Aaron Tveit and Peter Gallagher. Thanks to The Actors Fund’s official Facebook, there’s a new picture of Aaron from his golf outing; he’s standing with his father, Stanley, Dr. Jim Beyer, and Joe Benincasa. The event raised an amazing $50,000 for The Lillian Booth Actors Home.
July 5, 2012 • Category: General News 0
According to TheaterMania, Aaron Tveit will once again take part in The Actors Fund’s annual CelebriTee Golf & Tennis Outing. The event will take place on Monday, July 9th (11 am), at the Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, New Jersey. Other actors involved in the outing – which includes golf/tennis, cocktails, lunch/dinner, and live performances – include Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Peter Gallagher, Norm Lewis, Will and Anthony Nunziata, and Ernie Sabella. For more information, including ticketing, visit The Actors Fund’s official site.
June 29, 2012 • Category: Graceland
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After months of waiting, USA Network has confirmed that they’ve picked up a full series order for “Graceland”! Created by Jeff Eastin (“White Collar”), the new series focuses on a group of FBI, DEA, and US Customs agents who are forced to live undercover in a beachside house in Malibu. Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me”), Manny Montana (“The Chicago Code”), Vanessa Ferlito (“CSI:NY”), and Brandon Jay McLaren (“The Killing”) also star. No word yet on when the twelve episodes will air. USA co-presidents, Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, had the following to say on the “Graceland” pickup:
“There aren’t many people we’d trust to run two shows on our air, but Jeff Eastin is one of them. He wrote a brilliant script; [director] Russell [Fine] delivered a superb pilot; Daniel and Aaron anchor an incredible ensemble cast.”
“As soon we saw it, there was a consensus. It was one of the highest tasted shows we’ve had.”
“‘Graceland’ is very much in our sweet spot — it has that fantastic and rich look associate with most of our shows, but we also want to go to very edgy and dark places with it. The characters’ day job takes them to places we haven’t gone with our original series.”
In case you missed the pilot trailer, you can check it out here.
It has been exclusively confirmed to ATF that Aaron Tveit will take on the role of Dimitri in the upcoming 29-hour reading of Anastasia – A New Musical. Loosely based on the 1997 motion picture from Fox Animation Studios, the musical-drama borrows from the urban legend that Nicholas II’s youngest daughter, Anastasia, survived the execution of her Russian royal family.
Dimitri is a young and handsome conman seeking an Anastasia lookalike for a ten million ruble reward.
The new musical will feature songs from the film, potentially including the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past.” Fifteen original songs written for the stage production are being composed by creative team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
Terrence McNally – whom Aaron worked with on Catch Me If You Can – is writing the libretto.
As previously announced on BroadwayWorld.com, Angela Lansbury will reprise her role as the Dowager Empress Marie from the film. Aaron Lazar is also attached to the reading. There’s no word yet on who will play the title character, but an announcement can be expected soon.
The private reading will take place on July 27th.
Almost one week ago, on June 7th, Aaron Tveit played ball yet again for BSL’s summer games. Rock of Ages competed against How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, winning with an amazing score: 15-0! Like last week, there aren’t too many pictures, but the few available have been added to the gallery.