Aaron Tveit already knows the way to Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Parker Playhouse, which has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The actor lived behind the theater in Victoria Park while filming three seasons of USA network’s drama, “Graceland,” here in South Florida.
“I drove by Parker Playhouse every single day, so I know where I’m going,” Tveit said.
The native New Yorker still has fond memories of his time in South Florida.
“It was a wonderful place to spend the winter for three years. I really enjoyed my time there. The people were welcoming and the locals were very nice,” he recalled. “I really found my niche between where I was living (just two blocks behind the Parker Playhouse) and the coffee shops.”
On Saturday, April 29, Tveit will return to the old neighborhood for an evening of songs and stories about his career.
“For the first time in many years, I actually have some time off,” he said.
Tveit got his break on Broadway in 2006 as Link Larkin in “Hairspray” before moving on to “Wicked,” “Next to Normal” and “Catch Me if You Can.” Television audiences caught his performances on “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife” and “Gossip Girl” before he landed the lead role as a young FBI agent in “Graceland.”
Last year, he earned rave reviews for his steamy performance as Danny Zuko in Fox’s live broadcast of “Grease.”
“The fact that it was live, I really had to rely on my Broadway experience to keep my nerves in check,” he admitted.
His independent film, “Created Equal,” is starting to hit the festival circuit across the country.
“TV is where a lot of the great writing is,” Tveit said. “Film is hard, and I’m open for the next theater project. It’s always a matter of timing and how things fall together, whatever the next great thing that comes my way.”
In the meantime, Tveit enjoys the opportunity to escape to the links. When he wasn’t filming in South Florida, he could be found golfing. In between rounds and rehearsals—he adores Stephen Sondheim’s music and cites “Assassins” as his favorite Sondheim show—Tveit enjoys video games and quiet moments at home.
“I’m sillier than people might expect,” he confessed. “At meet and greets after my shows, people are always surprised at how open and talkative I am. That’s who I am,” he said.
For now, the 33-year-old performer is in an enviable position: “I’ve been so unbelievably blessed with the work and varied work I’ve gotten to do…I hope this wealth of work is what I get to do for another 10 years.”
Broadway and television star Aaron Tveit appears at the Parker Playhouse at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Tickets start at $33 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.