Catch Him If You Can: Aaron Tveit on "Graceland," Coming Back to Broadway and Tveiter Tots
02 Sep 2014
Playbill.com catches up with Broadway leading man Aaron Tveit. The star of "Graceland," Next to Normal andCatch Me If You Can chats about upcoming concert engagements, returning to the stage and Taylor Swift's role in his concert repertoire.
Aaron Tveit may not have plans to sing while starring in the TV show "Graceland," but Broadway fans need not fear: The versatile actor admits he has a tendency to burst into song while on set — but off camera.
"I just sang for the first time the other day — when I hadn't really sang other than in my shower or at my house or on set — to the chagrin of my castmates," said Tveit, who has starred on Broadway in the musicals Hairspray, Wicked, Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can. "It's a bit of a stress relief, because while I'm dealing with burning dead bodies and shooting people, I can sing a little bit to relieve some of the tension."
While the role of Mike Warren, the rookie FBI agent sent to live undercover in Southern California, does not require singing, the actor has no intention of letting his vocal talents rest for too long. Tveit will next be seen performing with California's Pasadena Pops Sept. 6 in the concert "New York! New York!" alongside Patti Austin and Liz Callaway, with Michael Feinstein conducting.
"I just jumped at it," Tveit said of the opportunity. "This is just something I've really wanted to get into – the concert stuff, being able to travel the country… just to perform with these incredible orchestras. I'm really, really excited. I'm singing some great stuff. It's a really cool show based on 'New York, New York.' It's going to be a real thrill."
"New York, New York!" does not mark Tveit's first venture into concert venues. Tickets to "The Radio in My Head: Live at 54 Below," which he performed in May 2013, sold out in less than five minutes, prompting the leading man to schedule several more engagements at the nightclub located below Studio 54. Tveit confessed the concert's success was a complete surprise to him, saying, "It was kind of my first venture, my first concert I'd done for myself. I didn't know what to expect. I really, honest to God, hoped that people would come and see it. And the fact that it was met with that response and the audiences were so incredible, I couldn't have dreamed for a better first concert experience in that way." When asked how he could top that experience in any future engagements, he said, laughing, "I don't know!"
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