So you didn’t score tickets to Aaron Tveit’s concerts? Well, neither did I. Tickets sold out amazingly quick. I doubt even Justin Bieber can sell out that quickly.
Tveit is set to perform a series of concerts at New York City’s 54 Below next month. If you were lucky enough to land yourself some tickets, congratulations. I am both jealous and way excited for you.
If you weren’t so lucky, never fear! Broadway Records is set to turn these concerts into Tveit’s first solo album entitled The Radio In My Head: Live at 54 Below. (Which you can pre-order now on Amazon.)
What sounds better than Tveit singing some of his favorite melodies to swooning fangirls everywhere? I can’t wait to find out which tunes he’s going to choose. He has already said he’s going to sing “I’m Alive” (Next to Normal, where he starred as Gabe) and “Goodbye” (Catch Me if You Can, where he starred as Frank Abagnale Jr.) Tveit not singing these two songs would be akin to going to a Hanson concert where they didn’t sing “Mmmbop.”
If I had it my way, he’d also sing “Something’s Coming” (West Side Story), “What Do I Need With Love” (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Funny Girl). Yes, I know. “Don’t Rain on My Parade” is traditionally a female solo. But since when has that ever stopped him? May I remind you that he has covered “Back to Before” (Ragtime), “Fly, Fly Away” (Catch Me if You Can), and “What is This Feeling?” (Wicked, in which he previously starred as Fiyero). Head on over to YouTube if you haven’t seen the videos and want to be impressed.
But can we go back to talking about how quickly the six shows sold out?
Four shows sold out in a matter of minutes. Minutes! Two more shows were added because of the high demand and they sold out instantly. The days of “that guy… you know, Gabe… from Next to Normal” are over. Tveit’s fandom has exploded and guys and gals are chomping at the bit for a chance to see him live in living color.
Let’s take a trip back to Tveit’s Next to Normal days. The first time I ever heard that album was right after the show opened on Broadway in 2009. I remember sitting in my car with my sister and neither of us could get over “that voice” (whoever the guy with that voice was). Being from the south, we never did make it up to New York to see the show, but we were (to put it lightly) completely obsessed with Gabe Goodman. And we weren’t the only ones.
Most everyone who knew about Next to Normal was obsessed with Gabe Goodman. With his devastatingly boyish charm, rockin’ abs, and affinity for swinging around poles, what was there not to love? Tveit was becoming the (insert your favorite Hollywood heartthrob here) of the Broadway community. We watched, we listened and we cried when he didn’t get the Tony nomination we all expected.
Flash forward to the 2011 Tony Awards and the one and only Norbert Leo Butz gives an outstanding performance with the cast of Catch Me If You Can. But wait? Who was that cutie who sang the short bit at the beginning? Could it be? It’s Gabe! It took a little while but Tveit was back on Broadway and back in the front of our hearts and minds. His fan base grew and so did the number of Tumblr posts and tweets he was tagged and mentioned in.
Speaking of Tumblr and Twitter, has anyone else noticed that you can hardly visit one of these sites without coming across his precious face? Ironic for a man who has sworn off social media altogether. I really started to notice the upsurge with the December 2012 release of the Les Miserables movie. You know, just that little movie where he played the guy in the red coat with the completely unpronounceable name. Enjol-what? (Just kidding. I’m totally in love with the movie just like the rest of the world.)
That movie seemed to have a “chicken or the egg” effect on Tveit’s fandom. Did Les Mis make Tveit popular or was it Tveit that made Les Mis popular? I think it may be a little of both. I speak for myself when I say I’ve always been a fan of Les Miserables but it sure as heck didn’t hurt that one of my favorite Broadway boys was playing one of my favorite characters.
Tveit’s career and fandom may have changed over the years but one thing that has not is his humility and good-naturedness. He never denies his talent but is always grateful for those who have supported him along the way.
Whether you’re a veteran fan or a new one, let’s keep the love alive! We all know he deserves the best!
I leave you with the following questions: When were you first introduced to Tveit? Are you one of the lucky ones who will be attending one of his 54 Below shows? What songs would you like to hear him sing? Which of Tveit’s roles has been your favorite so far? What role would you like to see him in? Leave a comment and let me know!