In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter at South by Southwest, Broadway favorite Aaron Tveit chatted about his upcoming USA series, 'Graceland.' On crossing over from stage to screen, Tveit commented: "Today, there's a lot of crossover with film actors doing television, which never happened before, so those lines are a little bit more blurred than they used to be. One thing that I wanted to try to do was try to keep my musical stage work separate from my onscreen work at first. I know I did the Les Mis film, but I had also done a lot of television and movie work that had nothing to do with singing. I wanted to try and do that first."
Tveit also revealed that he is currently working on putting together an NYC concert of songs he has sung on previous shows.
On his 'Graceland' character, he added: "The thing that really spoke to me is how he's just a winner. Mike is a smart guy and very complex. Like, he's the new guy but then there's the juxtaposition of what they said about him being at the top of his class and really smart, so I thought maybe the new guy was something he was doing for effect."
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From the acclaimed creator of White Collar, Jeff Eastin, the new one-hour drama follows a diverse group of undercover agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and U.S. Customs whose worlds collide while forced to live together under the same roof of a seized beachfront mansion in Southern California called "Graceland." No matter what agency they're from, the residents all operate by the house's unofficial motto: "When you work for the bureau, your lies are your life."
The series begins with Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit), a by-the-books rookie who graduates at the top of his FBI class and is thrown into an unconventional assignment at Graceland, rather than the administrative DC job he requested. Once there he encounters the legendary Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata), the house's senior FBI agent whose Zen approach to life doesn't match his credentials as the Bureau's ace agent. The series also stars Vanessa Ferlito as DEA agent Catherine "Charlie" Lopez, BranDon Jay McLaren as U.S. Customs Agent Dale Jakes, and Manny Montana as FBI agent Joe "Johnny" Tuturro.
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