Media Morsels 3.29.13

Aaron Tveit to Play Concerts at 54 Below in May

That's right: for the first time ever, Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Catch Me if You Can, Les Miserables) will play solo concerts at New York's newest cabaret venue, 54 Below, located under Roundabout's Studio 54 theatre, which is itself built upon the remnants of the famed Studio 54. Tveit will play four shows, each of which starts at 11pm: Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 11, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Tickets go on "presale" on April 2, and will be available for the general public beginning April 5. More information is available on 54 Below's website. Tveit will sing covers of his favorite songs, musical theatre standards and signature songs from some of his own shows (like, maybe, "Goodbye," from Catch Me? Watch below!). What do you hope to hear this ridiculously talented star of stage and screen sing?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Back on TV

The founder of hitRECord (the online communal creative-collaboration production company) is producing hitRECord on TV!, part of the lineup for the new cable channel pivot. Backed by Participant Media (which produced films like Lincoln and The Help) and in partnership with Rolling Stone, pivot, launching August 1, is targeting the coveted 18-34 demographic with "TV that matters for the new greatest generation." The channel is planning for heavily interactive programming, exemplified by hitRECord on TV!, which will be a variety show, hosted by Gordon-Levitt, that features contributions—or RECords—from the myriad hitRECorders who are part of the artists collective. Learn more about hitRECord and contribute a RECord over on, and learn more about pivot on Indie Wire. And watch hitRECordJoe himself describe the partnership below:

And speaking of new stations, FX is launching a new network, FXX, also aimed at the 18-34 demographic, on September 2. FXX will be the new home of current FX shows It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, among others, and will also air reruns of beloved shows like Sports Night, Freaks and Geeks and Arrested Development. Read the USA Today article for more details. 

Joe Iconis + Family Jamboree Album

You know how much I love Joe Iconis's music, right? (To wit: my interview with the songwriter, plus my reviews of two of his shows, Bloodsong of Love and ReWrite.) Well good news: Iconis and the Family have recorded a jamboree album, meant to capture the spirit of what happens in live shows (which the cool kids call jamborees). The album, to be released digitally by Sh-K-Boom on April 16, features new renditions of previously recorded songs (like "Headshot" and "Honey" from Things to Ruin) and favorites that have been recorded for the first time (like "Rosalie" (watch below) and "Lisa"). Head over to Sh-K-Boom for details and to sign up for a reminder when the album "drops." (Want to check out a jamboree live and in person? Head to 54 Below this spring and catch one of four shows.)

Oscars Update

I know - the Oscars are over (and they were pretty good). But that doesn't mean people aren't already planning for Hollywood's biggest night for future years. The Academy announced this week key dates for the 86th and 87th annual Academy Awards. The 86th fete will be held on March 2, 2014, and the 87th on February 22, 2015. Other noteworthy dates for the 86th awards ceremony: December 27: nomination voting begins; January 16, 2014: nominations announced; February 25: final voting ends. Rolling Stone reports that the Oscars are moving [back] to March in 2014 so as to not conflict with the Winter Olympics, which run February 7-23.

New York City Ballet Screen Test: Ashley Bouder

In this installment of City Ballet's new video series, which gives us a peek into the Company members' personalities, we get to know principal dancer Ashley Bouder.

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  • The poster for the 67th Tony Awards has been revealed. The badge is at right. For the full poster, see my pin.

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  • This week, the SCOTUS heard arguments for two Marriage Equality cases. Wouldn't it be great if this clip from Sesame Street could be submitted as some sort of amicus brief?