By Michael Gioia
10 May 2013
Photo by McCarten/Mathew Imaging
In the midst of college, Tveit was cast as the Mark and Roger understudy in the national tour of Jonathan Larson's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent. He talked about his time on the road and in the 2010 Hollywood Bowl production — in which he starred as Roger opposite Skylar Astin as Mark and Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi — and then offered "One Song Glory."
Another highlight of the evening was the lesser-known "I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You," from Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, which was seen in the musical's Chicago premiere and later replaced by "Shiksa Goddess" — both made famous by original Last Five Years star and Tveit's Tony-winning Catch Me If You Can co-star Norbert Leo Butz — for Off-Broadway. He followed with Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk's popular ballad "Run Away With Me" from The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, a song that he performed the last time he sang in a New York City concert (here's the YouTube video, one of the best performances of "Run Away With Me" on the internet); Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman"; and Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You."
After offering his take on Taylor Swift's "We Are Never, Ever, Getting Back Together," Tveit said with a laugh, "[The song is] catchy as sh*t!" The crowd, it should be noted, sang along as Tveit — looking dapper in a powder blue collared shirt and vest — rocked out.
In case you weren't among the few to score a ticket to Tveit's run, Broadway Records will record "The Radio In My Head: Live At 54 Below," a live solo album based on his engagement.
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