Take a Look Back on Aaron Tveit's Career As He Returns to Broadway in MOULIN ROUGE!
Broadway, brace yourself for the return of Aaron Tveit!
Tveit has had an extremely successful and diverse career, on stage and screen, but Broadway has been missing him since he wrapped up in Catch Me If You Can in 2011. Now, Tveit is making his return to the Great White Way in Moulin Rouge!
Take a look back on Aaron's career, and see what he's been up to since we last saw him on a Broadway stage!
Aaron Tveit made his Broadway debut in Hairspray as Link Larkin in 2006, after playing the role on the show's first national tour. In June 2008, he joined the company of Wicked as Fiyero. He had two runs in the show, the first which lasted for five months, and the second, just two, before leaving to take part in Next to Normal.
In 2008, Tveit starred as Gabe in the off-Broadway production of Next to Normal, which opened at the Second Stage Theatre. Tveit won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for this role.
In November 2008, Tveit left Wicked to reprise his role in Next to Normal during its run at Arena Stage. For this iteration of the show, Tveit was awarded the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production.
Next to Normal began previews on Broadway at the Booth Theatre in March 2009, and officially opened on April 15. For his role of Gabe, Tveit won the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors' Equity Association.
Next to Normal:
In the summer of 2009, Catch Me If You Can had its pre-Broadway run at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Tveit played the role of Frank Abagnale Jr.
In August 2010, Tveit performed in the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent, as Roger. Directed by Neil Patrick Harris, the star-studded cast also included Vanessa Hudgens, Wayne Brady, Skylar Astin, Collins Pennie, Tracie Thoms, Telly Leung, and Gwen Stewart.
Catch Me If You Can came to Broadway in 2011, opening on April 10 and closing on September 4. Tveit's role as Frank Abagnale Jr. earned him nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.
Catch Me If You Can:
After Catch Me If You Can, Tveit took a bit of a break from Broadway. He had a huge breakout role in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables, taking on the fan-favorite role of revolutionary Enjolras. The star-studded cast of Les Miserables featured Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and more.
This film led to Tveit's performance alongside the cast on the 85th Academy Awards ceremony.
In June 2013, the USA Network television series, Graceland, premiered. The series followed undercover FBI Special Agent Mike Warren, played by Tveit, who moves in with a group of other agents. The show lasted for three seasons, and was canceled in October 2015.
Tveit made his West End debut in Assassins in November 2014, taking on the role of John Wilkes Booth. The production ran until March 7, 2015, with Tveit departing in February for scheduling reasons.
January 31, 2016 brought the premiere of Grease Live, the televised live production of the musical Grease on Fox. Tveit played the lead role of Danny Zuko, alongside Julianne Hough as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, and more. Tveit was featured on the Grease Live soundtrack, which was also released that year.
Tveit's next television project was BrainDead, the sci-fi/political/straight-up-strange series which followed a group of politicians and their cohorts who get invaded by brain-eating insects. Tveit played the role of Gareth Ritter, a staffer for one of the senators.
Tveit made his return to the stage in 2017 in Barrington Stage's production of Company, as leading man Bobby. The show ran from August 10-September 10.
This brings us to the present: Moulin Rouge! In November 2017, Tveit took part in the developmental lab for the stage adaptation of the 2001 film, in the role of Christian. Performances began at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre on July 10, 2019. The show is now in previews on Broadway, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Previews began on June 28, 2019, and the show officially opens on July 25.