Aaron Tveit, the multi-talented Tony-winning performer whose charm and charisma have graced screens and stages, big and small, has left an indelible mark on Broadway. While many recognize him from his television and film roles, including the suave Danny Zuko in “Grease Live!,” the enraged Enjrolas in the film adaptation of “Les Misérables,” or any number of shifty singers on Apple TV+’s “Schmigadoon,” Tveit’s roots in theater run deep. With the recent news that Tveit is set to succeed Josh Groban in the title role of the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Broadway’s Best Shows is taking a delightful stroll down the memory lane of his Broadway career, relishing each note, dance step, and standing ovation.
Hairspray (2006): The Broadway Debut that Sparked a Star
In 2006, Aaron Tveit burst onto the Broadway scene in the musical Hairspray. Tveit took over the role of the swooning and crooning love interest Link Larkin in July 2006 after playing the role on the musical’s long-running national tour. His infectious energy and standout performance must have caught the attention of audiences and industry insiders alike, since little did they know that they were witnessing the birth of a Broadway star. Tveit’s exceptional singing and dancing skills set the stage for what would become a remarkable career on stage and screen. He would later return to the role for a brief 2-week run in April 2008 before hopping into his next Broadway role just months later.
Wicked (2008-2009): Tveit Takes Flight as Fiyero
In the summer of 2008, Aaron Tveit soared to new heights when he stepped into the role of Fiyero in the Broadway production of Wicked. Taking on the part originated by Norbert Leo Butz, Tveit brought his own flair to the charismatic character, creating a Fiyero that was both charming and full of depth. His chemistry with the leading ladies, particularly in the fan-favorite number ‘As Long As You’re Mine,’ earned him praise from fans and critics. Adding this chapter to Tveit’s Broadway journey, Wicked became another feather in his cap, highlighting his adaptability and charm in a role that demands both vocal prowess and a magnetic stage presence.
Next to Normal (2009): A Breakthrough Performance with Emotional Depth
Tveit’s next venture on Broadway was in the critically acclaimed Next to Normal in 2009, his first fore into originating a role of his own. He portrayed Gabe, the troubled son of Diana, originally played by Alice Ripley. Tveit’s ability to convey both vulnerability and strength in his performance earned him widespread recognition and a Drama Desk Award nomination. His rendition of “I’m Alive” left audiences in awe, showcasing his vocal prowess and emotional depth.
Catch Me If You Can (2011): A Smooth Criminal Takes Center Stage
In 2011, Tveit took on the challenging role of Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can, a musical adaptation of the hit film based on the true story. Tveit’s charismatic portrayal of the young con artist showcased his versatility as an actor and cemented his status as a leading man on Broadway. His chemistry with co-star Norbert Leo Butz was a highlight of the production, earning them both Tony Award nominations.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (2019-2020): A Spectacular Return to the Broadway Stage
The 2019 adaptation of “Moulin Rouge!” brought Tveit back to Broadway in the role of Christian, the penniless writer caught in a love triangle. This production showcased Tveit’s ability to embody the romantic allure of the bohemian world. His performances of hit songs like ‘Your Song’ and ‘Come What May’ captivated audiences, earning him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Aaron Tveit’s Broadway career is a testament to his immense talent, versatility, and dedication to the craft. From Baltimore to Oz to Paris and now onto Fleet Street, Tveit’s list of Broadway credits has taken him on an exhilarating journey through a diverse array of iconic settings and characters, proving his ability to seamlessly transition from one captivating world to another. Tveit has continually proven that he’s a force to be reckoned with on the Broadway stage.