"I never like to make it easy for myself," he laughed to Billboard about tackling two female songs at the NYC event, including "Take Me or Leave Me" from "Rent" with Gavin Creel.
Aaron Tveit had always wanted to sing a song from character who "struck a chord" with him, but unfortunately the part is written for a woman and Tveit will never get to play her professionally.
Enter Miscast, the annual gala for the off-Broadway MCC Theater, during which actors perform musical numbers they would never otherwise get to sing. Tveit sang Nancy's big number from Oliver!, "As Long as He Needs Me" (see exclusive video below) and performed Maureen's part in "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent, with Gavin Creel as Joanne (see that video at the bottom of the post).
"I never like to make it easy for myself," Tveit tells Billboard with a laugh on the carpet before the show. But the part he'd really like to play is one he's particularly close to. "When I was doing Next to Normal, I thought Alice [Ripley]'s part was really something. I think I'd like to try my hand at that."