Aaron Tveit: The Radio in My Head

Live at 54 Below

Performer: Aaron Tveit

Distributed By: Broadway Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Broadway Records' Live at 54 Below concert series of albums has been met with mixed reviews on this site.  Some of the albums are incredibly entertaining, while others fall a bit flat.  So, of course, it was with mixed feelings that I began listening to the latest Live at 54 Below album I had received, Aaron Tveit: The Radio in My Head, released in September 2013.  I needn't have worried.

                Aaron Tveit is an American theatre, television and film actor who has starred in such notable works as the film as Les Miserables, the television series Graceland and a number of top Broadway musicals, including Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, Next to Normal and Hairspray

                The Live at 54 Below concert albums are usually themed and for his concert, Tveit chose to perform music that helped shape the person he has become.  The chosen songs are quite diverse in nature featuring rock, pop, country and R&B.  Tveit exits his comfort zone a bit by straying from the norm.  Not just sticking to songs he has performed on stage, like I'm Alive from Next to Normal, Something's Coming from West Side Story, One Song Glory from RENT, If I Loved You from Carousel and more, Aaron Tveit experiments with some contemporary music as well.

                Some of his finer moments are when he performs these more contemporary tracks like the country song To Make You Feel My Love (a nod to his country-loving father), Billy Joel's Always A Woman, Joni Mitchell's A Case of You and more.  I was surprised by his addition to When I Was Your Man to his song list, but he does a credible job with the song.  I still like Bruno Mars' version better as it is much grittier and believable version, but Aaron Tveit has a great voice and does a nice job with it.  And I thought Tveit's version of Taylor Swift's We Are Never Getting Back Together was hysterical.  I wish I could have actually seen it performed as it sounded like the audience was getting a kick out of Tveit's performance.

                All-in-all, I have to say that I really enjoyed Aaron Tveit: The Radio in My Head: Live at 54 Below and wish I could have seen some of it in person.  Tveit's story about his influences and career and his strong vocal performances make this album a treat to be enjoyed, not something to be endured.  This album would make a great addition to any music fan's collection.


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