Going on a Date with Aaron Tveit

February 5, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live 4

Ever wonder what it’d be like to go on a date with Aaron Tveit? Well, Glamour magazine took care of it for you by sending one of their reporters to the Frosty Palace with Aaron. There, they took their time – over plastic milkshakes and fries – to talk about “Grease: Live,” sports, and even some relationship advice. And, yes, Aaron answers the question on so many minds: he is, in fact, single. Read the excerpt below for a taste of the interview, then head to the source for the full piece:

Glamour: Of all the characters you’ve played, which one is closest to your personality?
That’s so interesting. It’s different times in your life, you know? It’s so hard to say. All of them have different aspects of my personality. I think [Catch Me If You Can‘s] Frank Abagnale Jr. is the closest, without the con-man part. [laughs] He’s the guy I hope to still be. I think it’s similar to how I was younger: wide-eyed and optimistic. I’m a very positive person, and I always find the good in things and work really hard.


Returning to Musicals in “Grease: Live”

In a recent interview with Nylon, Aaron Tveit spoke about his then-upcoming role of Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live.” There’s a great conversation happening throughout, including him finding the balance between working on television and his ongoing love for musicals. In fact, there’s quite a discussion of musicals throughout, including which “muscles” he uses when performing and what his worst stage experience was (a story he had previously never shared). Check out the excerpt below – and new pics in the gallery – before heading to the source for the full interview.

This project is a perfect symbiosis of the two things that you’ve been doing throughout your life, which is musicals on stage and acting in front of the camera. What’s that been like?
It’s amazing. It’s a very similar feeling that I had when all the Les Mis stuff came together, because at that time, I had been working on stage and working on television and doing some films and that kind of felt like a perfect storm of all of them combined. When I was starting out in film and television, I wanted to have a lot of the work that I did initially not necessarily have to do with musicals. I didn’t want just to be known as a musical guy. Now returning to it, I want to embrace it, because I haven’t done musicals on stage in New York since 2011, so to kind of be back doing this now, I’m kind of falling in love with it again.


The “Emotional Rollercoaster” from “Graceland” to “BrainDead”

From the cancellation of “Graceland” to the immediate casting in CBS’ “BrainDead,” Aaron Tveit has experienced an “emotional rollercoaster” in recent months, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Although this new-ish interview was released before “Grease: Live” (and consequently talks about the then-upcoming live telecast), it delves pretty thoroughly into Aaron’s other television-based work.

After the abrupt cancellation of USA’s “Graceland” last year, fans were left in the dark as to what a possible fourth season might entail. Aaron finally gives some insight on what the writers were planning, which included searching for Jakes. Additionally, we learn some more about the upcoming comic-thriller Aaron will be starring in – “BrainDead” – and what attracted him to the role in the first place. “He’s not a kid,” he said of his character, Gareth. “This is a young man who’s already in his prime so I’m excited to do that.”

Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for the full piece:

You have a big year coming up with “BrainDead,” which you signed up for right after “Graceland” was canceled. What was that time like between gigs?

It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because I did “The Good Wife” years ago; so they had called saying that they were interested in me and sent me the “BrainDead” script, and I loved it. But at that time, we were fairly confident that “Graceland” was going to get picked up and we thought the pick-up was imminent so I said I was unavailable. They saw some people and then they came back about a month later and it just worked out. We literally thought “Graceland” was going to get picked up any day, but I told them, I’m going to come in anyway. They knew full and well that “Graceland” might get picked up and then, the day that “Graceland” got canceled is when I was in the room with them; so it was just one of those things that there just seemed to be something else looking out, and it just seemed meant to be in the way it all worked out.


‘Stereotypically You’ to Debut at Santa Barbara Film Festival

January 28, 2016 • Category: Film News, Gallery, Stereotypically You 0

Stereotypically You, writer/director Benjamin Cox’s new NYC dating comedy, is finally ready to debut. The Santa Barbara Film Festival will hold the indie film’s world premiere on Saturday, February 6th (at 2:00PM) with a follow-up showing on Sunday, February 7th (11:40AM). The screenings are occurring at the venue’s Metro 2 and Metro 3, respectively. For more information, visit the SBFF’s program guide.

Aaron Tveit stars in this fantastical romantic-comedy, which promises a story in which his character faces an “hallucination-fueled, post-breakup quest to find new love… and himself.” The cast also includes Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller, Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman, Lewis Black, Chris Elliott, and the hilarious Broadway favorite Annaleigh Ashford.

You can find the film’s first poster in the gallery, as well as some new film stills on Just Jared.

The 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival runs from February 3-13th in Santa Barbara, California. For those interested in attending, you can purchase passes and/or packages in a variety of price points, needs, and interests at their official online shop.

Out of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions: “Popular”

January 27, 2016 • Category: General News, Wicked 0

Having performed Fiyero on Broadway years ago, Aaron Tveit is no stranger to Wicked — an essential for anyone who wants to be part of Out Of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions. As part of this ongoing series, Wicked alumnus and current performers are asked to sing “reimagined versions of Wicked songs.”

Back in October, Aaron joined Rachel Tucker to duet a beautifully stripped down version of “Defying Gravity.” Now, he’s performing solo, giving us a new and unique take on a, well, popular song from Wicked: “Popular.” Check it out in the video above.

New Concert Set for June at Irving Plaza

January 26, 2016 • Category: General News, Stage Work 3

Back after popular demand, Aaron Tveit has officially been booked for a new concert. He’ll return to New York City for a one-night performance at the historic Irving Plaza music venue on Saturday, June 11th. Years after his sold-out shows at 54 Below (and demanding stage appearance at 2015 Elsie Fest), fans will finally be able to catch a solo show once again. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see Aaron live — I promise it’s a treat!

Tickets for the event will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Monday, February 1st at 12:00 noon Eastern; a Live Nation presale begins on the 28th at 10AM EST. The price is set at $26.

“[Aaron’s] gonna do a great job,” says John Travolta

January 26, 2016 • Category: General News 0

Throughout “Grease: Live” promo, Aaron Tveit has been questioned many times over whether or not he’s heard from John Travolta, who played Danny Zuko in the original film adaptation. While he had previously received encouragement from Olivia Newton-John (who played Sandy), Aaron can officially say that Travolta is also Team Tveit.

“From what I can tell, he’s got the talent,” Travolta told The Insider during an appearance at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards. “He’s able to sing and dance, and I’m sure he’s gonna do a great job.” The OG Danny also mentioned that he will, indeed, see “Grease: Live,” which airs live on Fox January 31st at 7PM Eastern.

“Ask A Star” (January 2016)

January 26, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News 3

After fans responded to Broadway.com’s call for questions, Aaron Tveit sat down and partook in a short but fun Q&A. Called “Ask A Star,” he tackled sensitive subjects such as which Game Of Thrones character he would be and what hair products he uses. And when asked who he’d like to star alongside in a Broadway production, he mentioned friend Annaleigh Ashford. My question now is: Sarah, did you get your puppy?!

“Grease: Live” Gets Ready

January 25, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live, Television News 0

There are two new articles pertaining to “Grease: Live” that talk about preparing for the groundbreaking production, set to air live on Fox on various sound stages (with live audience). There are various quotes from cast and crew in the articles – by Los Angeles Times and New York Times – that further gives insight into this ambitious project. Check out excerpts below before heading to the sources for the full article:

The elaborate NBC renderings rotated scenes on one New York soundstage; the Fox affair is even more ambitious. The production will unfold over two soundstages housing a number of sets on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Production will also take place on Midwest Street — i.e., a backlot that they’ll use for exterior scenes of Rydell High and the carnival grounds.

“Ask me after it’s all over if I think the multiple soundstages was a good idea,” joked stage director Thomas Kail, known most recently for his celebrated stage work with Lin-Manuel Miranda in the smash Hamilton. “I wanted it to feel vibrant and vital the way the film did,” he said. “I wanted locations that felt like real places that could ground us so when we lift off and go to the fantasy of ‘Greased Lightnin” or the Teen Angel arrives, you have something to depart from.”


“We have affection for the movie and the stage play just as much as everybody else,” [Thomas] Kail said. “But it’s not about trying to redo those. It’s trying to capture the spirit.” …

[Aaron] Tveit, who is a bit more James Dean than John Travolta, said that he had a difficult time breaking free of the movie. “I had to say my lines out loud over and over for, like, two weeks before I got Travolta’s voice out of my head,” he said. “Tommy really helped,” Mr. Tveit continued. “He has this way of telling you what he wants without making you feel like your original choice was wrong. For actors, that’s everything.”


“Grease: Live” Promo Video Master Post

January 25, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live 1

With so many promo videos for “Grease: Live” circling around, it can get a little intimidating keeping up! There’s also so many that site updates would be seemingly endless. Because of that, I’ve decided to create a “master post” featuring all the shorter videos that otherwise might get lost in the news shuffle.

Here, you’ll find videos that often feature Aaron Tveit in small interviews or as a soundbite. The newest videos will always be at the top, so keep checking back in (and following ATN on Twitter, where I’m constantly [re-]tweeting the latest as they’re released). To continue, click below:

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