Playbill Poll: Readers Pick Aaron Tveit's Next Broadway Role
By Carey Purcell
Stage and screen star Aaron Tveit thrilled audiences in New York when he performed his one-man show at 54 Below in early May. The concert, which sold out in record time, left audiences wanting more. Even though Tveit is starring in the upcoming USA series "Graceland," theatre fans long to see him back onstage.
Tvet has performed on Broadway in the hit musicals Hairspray and Wicked and originated roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can. His versatile resume has left many wondering what role he will play onstage next.
Playbill.com asked readers to suggest the next role Tveit should play on Broadway, which might land him his first Tony nomination. Read Playbill.com's coverage of Tveit's sold-out 54 Below show here.
Click through to see what part our readers would like Tveit to perform in his next Broadway show.
Malina Malainah: I'd kill to see him play Enjolras on stage! So yes, Les Misérables
Seeing Tveit reprise his on-screen role as the revolutionary leader was a popular request from readers, many of whom were first introduced to the Broadway actor when they saw him on the big screen, leading fellow students a rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing?"
Bridget Colleen Finnegan: He should fulfill his dream of playing Marius Pontmercy in the upcoming Les Mis revival!
Readers had a "heart full of love" for Tveit as Marius, the romantic student in the musical.
Terry Halvorson: Elder Price (Book of Mormon)
The Book of Mormon was another popular choice for Tveit, whose preppy good looks and wholesome charm would be well-suited to the role of Elder Price. And we know he could sing a great rendition of "I Believe."
Ron Hallsten: Carousel
Tveit sang a moving rendition of "If I Loved You" from Carousel at his 54 Below concert and told the audience the role of Billy Bigelow is one of his dream roles. Maybe his dream will come true sooner than expected!
Cristián Omar LaBoy: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar!
Even though Judas tells Jesus, "I don't like what I see," audience members would love to see Tveit tackle the intensely complex role of Judas in the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical.
Jennifer Rose: I'd be interested in seeing him do Sweeney Todd...
Playing the murderous barber obsessed with revenge would be a new challenge for Tveit. It would be interesting to see him take on a darker role and sing the challenging score by Sondheim. He'd also make a perfect Anthony!
Many want to see Tveit tackle a Sondheim score by playing the eternal bachelor or the troubled painter.
Another popular choice among readers, the tribal rock love musical could provide a way for Tveit to show a new side of himself onstage.
Bia Abreu: If they go ahead with Anastasia, he should play Dimitri. This has to happen.
Anything Disney - and royalty - would be well-suited to Tveit, according to his fans.
Dennis Broussard: Joe Gillis - Sunset Boulevard
Tveit could follow in the footsteps of his Les Misérables co-star Hugh Jackman, who played the role of Joe Gillis in Australia. Playing the down-on-his-luck screenwriter who is seduced into a world of forgotten glamour, Tveit would certainly be believable as the object of Norma Desmond's obsession.
John Falcon: Kiss of the Spider Woman. It would stretch him as an actor.
This would certainly be a change of pace for Tveit, and the score, which includes the song, "Anything For Him," which many of his fans would want to sing along to.
katiecat013: I'm leaning towards a future rendition of Mean Girls: The Musical #AaronSamuels = #AaronTveit
If Tveit were cast as Aaron Samuels in the musical adaptation of the hit movie by Tina Fey, that casting would be so fetch.
Jennifer B: I want to see him take a crack at Shakespeare. See how he fares with Iago or Benedick.
Tveit hasn't done a non-musical yet on Broadway, and taking on the role of love-struck Benedick, or the darkly obsessed Iago, would show some talents his fans haven't seen onstage yet.
XxKatie11xX: Curly in Oklahoma!
It would certainly be a beautiful morning for his fans if Tveit played the romantic cowboy in the classic musical.
Matt Welch: A revival of Damn Yankees!
Tveit is a big baseball fan and he could combine two of his loves here by taking on the role of Joe, who sells his soul to the devil so the Yankees won't win the championship. But Tveit is a Yankees fan, so could he really play the part?
Honorable mentions included Alan in Equus, Tommy in Tommy, Ramades in Aida, Charlie Price in Kinky Boots and the title role in Pippin.
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