October 6th was the official premiere of Big Fish at the Neil Simon on Broadway, Tony-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz’s new musical (also starring Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin). Inspired by the Tim Burton film, and directed by Susan Stroman, it’s a story about big tales and fatherhood. Andrew Lippa is responsible for the music and lyrics, while John August – who wrote the sceenplay for the film – also wrote the musical’s book.
Aaron Tveit – Norbert’s co-star on Catch Me If You Can – was in attendance at the Big Fish opening night, along with Hilary Swank, Billy Porter, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Greene, Liev Schreiber, Perez Hilton, and Zach Braff. Although Aaron did not walk the red carpet, he was at the after-party; you can view a few pics from the evening in the gallery, including an adorable shot of him with Norbert. Check out what Aaron had to say about the production below, courtesy of Broadway.com:
“It felt very nostalgic to be back at the Neil Simon,” Tveit told Broadway.com at the show’s opening night bash across 52nd Street at Roseland. The rising star previously appeared onstage at the theater when he made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2006 and later headlined Catch Me If You Can in 2011 opposite the two-time Tony-winning star of Big Fish, Norbert Leo Butz.
“Norbert’s incredible,” he said. “He’s such a force of nature. Now when I watch him, I can see the little things he’s doing, and I know what it’s like to be up there with him. It’s just incredible.” Tveit admitted that he joined the legions of grown men who have cried at the sentimental show. “Oh yeah, I cried my eyes out,” he said. “It just smacks you in the face.”
Aaron Tveit recently wrapped production on an original, independent baseball film entitled Undrafted. Written and directed by Joe Mazzello (“The Pacific” and, yes, Tim from Jurassic Park), the upcoming film focuses on aspiring baseball player John “Maz” Mazetti, who has a life-changing epiphany following his discovery that he was not drafted onto a professional team. It is based on the true story of Mazzello’s brother, a collegiate baseball star who was overlooked for a Major League Baseball draft.
Aaron is the star in Undrafted, taking the lead role of Maz. “Gossip Girl” actor Chace Crawford is playing Arthur Barone and also serving as the executive producer. Matt Barr, Tyler Hoechlin, Philip Winchester, Billy Gardell, James Belushi, and Aaron’s current “Graceland” co-star Manny Montana are also in the film. This is the directorial debut for Joe Mazzello, who has a degree from USC’s film production program.
When asked about the film at the Big Fish Broadway opening night after-party, Aaron told Broadway.com, “It’s a combination of the two things I like to do: play baseball and act.” There is currently no set release date.
One of the most versatile twenty-something actors, Tveit has appeared on Broadway (Catch Me if You Can), TV (“Gossip Girl”), and film (Les Misérables).
What’s new: Finishing the first season of “Graceland,” working on a couple of really exciting film projects, and releasing my first album. Favorite New York moment: Performing on a Broadway stage for the first time in Hairspray in 2006. Favorite neighborhood: Union Square — it’s a slice of the city. Proudest achievements: Seeing two shows I worked on in development for years succeed on Broadway; fulfilling a lifelong dream to sing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during a play-off game; and finally finishing my college degree last summer — 11 years after I started. What makes a good relationship: Honesty and the ability to laugh together, and often.
Don’t get too excited, ladies and gentlemen, but Aaron Tveit is one of New York’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. This, according to Gotham magazine, which compiled a list of successful single men ranging from the entertainment industry to sports, technology, and hospitality. Others on the list include cronut creator Dominique Ansel, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (yes, the Social Network-featured Ivy League grad twins), Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, and some familiar actors: Billy Magnussen, Bradley Cooper, and Aaron’s “Gossip Girl” co-star Penn Badgley. Check out the whole list here, including a slideshow of the very attractive men.
Thursday night, the season one finale of “Graceland” aired, tying up a bunch of house secrets — and setting up some intrigue for the recently-announced second season. What did you think? And what do you hope to see during the next season? Any speculations? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments, including what your favorite moments of S1 were! I’ve also added over 380 HD, logoless screen caps of Aaron Tveit from the final episode, “Pawn.” Enjoy!
While recently attending a “Graceland” press junket in California, Aaron Tveit talked to The Wall Street Journal about “Graceland” — including the series’ future. What can fans expect not only out of the season finale, but within season two? Where does Aaron personally see his character, Mike Warren, in the next year? He touches on the grey area of being a field agent and how that may shape the future of his character. Check out an interview excerpt below:
WSJ: The season one finale is upon us. How do you feel about Mike’s life come the end of this episode?
Aaron Tveit: Basically, the way I look at the finale, everything that has been building up in the season with Briggs and I and with the Kaza cartel and with Jangles, all of that definitely comes to head. A lot of stuff gets resolved but then, in a way, Mike and Briggs are kind of tied together; they are forced and bound together moving forward with the stuff yet to be seen.
Does Mike finally get what he’s wanted since the beginning of the season?
Yes and no. Mike doesn’t even know it in the moment, but he changes a lot in the course of the season. Going through this experience, he might not know what he wanted before might not what he wants now. Although he may have gotten what he set out to get, it’s kind of not; he may want other things. Those things could be different things then the things he got.
Two days before the season one finale, the news is finally out: “Graceland” has been renewed for a second season. (This, after Jeff Eastin tweeted a hint that it would happen.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new USA Network series is the summer’s top [new] scripted series on cable with an average of 4.3 million total viewers. Check out what USA president Chris McCumber said of the renewal:
“Jeff Eastin has once again delivered for USA Network. ‘Graceland”s brilliant serialized storytelling mixed with striking cinematography and a captivating ensemble cast has clearly resonated with a wide audience. We’re proud to be the home of summer’s top new cable drama and anticipate ‘Graceland’ will be a long-term player for the network.”
Daniel Sunjata will be in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Macbeth until January, so the second season of “Graceland” won’t start shooting until after the fact. There’s also no word yet on whether or not it will continue filming in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area. I’ll, of course, update if/when more information comes in.
Congratulations to the cast and crew for the renewal. Can’t wait to see the show back in 2014!
On Thursday, September 5th, the 2013 Broadway Show League held its first championship game. Aaron Tveit’s team, Rock of Ages, was paired up against Motown. In a surprising turn of events, RoA actually lost, with a total score of 4-10. No worries, however: because it was their first loss of the playoff games, RoA will once again compete with Motown for a second, shorter-inning game and the championship title. In the meantime, check out some HQ shots of Aaron from the recent game. Good luck, Team Rock of Ages!
On Thursday night, the penultimate episode of “Graceland” aired, setting us up for the finale to hit television sets on the 12th. Any theories on what might become of Paul Briggs? Although a second season for “Graceland” has not yet been announced, series creator Jeff Eastin recently tweeted “just checked the magic 8 ball and outlook good,” so hopefully we can expect some great news soon. Aaron Tveit wasn’t featured in this episode (entitled “Happy Endings”) as much as previous eps, but I’ve still added over 330 HD, logoless screen caps.
The Hollywood Reporter has a new video interview with Aaron Tveit in which he talks about “Graceland,” including the evolution of his character, Mike Warren. He also delves into the moral ambiguity of federal agents: does the end justify the means? Although we still haven’t received official word on whether there will be another season, Aaron sets up the potential for his character’s future by saying that Mike sees himself as a capable field agent, after all.
SEASON 3, EPISODE 03 - "Sense Memory"
AIRING July 9th ON USA NETWORK
Mike's addiction to pain medication impacts his ability to function in the field; and Briggs coaxes a former FBI agent out of retirement to help take down Ari.
"Graceland" | MIKE WARREN Currently airing on USA Network.
Graceland is a place where nothing is what it seems and everyone has a secret. An elusive group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA, and US Customs live and operate under one roof -- and their lies are their life.
When a star college baseball player is hit with the sobering news that he hasn't been drafted, a meaningless intramural baseball game with his wacky teammates turns into the most important game of his life.
Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. Assassins suggests otherwise...
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Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Aaron Tveit’s cabaret debut was for six special, sold out performances. The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below beautifully captures the masterful singer in his first solo album.
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