Aaron Tveit, left, performs with Karen Olivo during a performance of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” in New York. Tveit was the only actor nominated for a Tony in the category of best actor in a musical for his role.
Aaron Tveit, right, performs with Karen Olivo during a performance of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” in New York. Tveit was the only actor nominated for a Tony in the category of best actor in a musical for his role.
By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Even in a crazy year with so many ups and downs, think about Aaron Tveit’s last 12 months.
The Broadway star wowed fans in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical “when it was suddenly closed by the coronavirus. Then he signed COVID-19 himself. He bounced back to lend his voice for relief efforts, got a few high profile acting appearances, and then landed his first Tony nomination.
“It’s hard to have perspective,” he said. “I just think it takes a little time and a little 25,000 feet of visibility to see what actually happened last year.”
Two consecutive strikes occurred within a few weeks last March when his show closed and Tveit was one of the first Broadway actors to speak publicly about the signing of COVID-19.
“I was kind of like saying, ‘Look, I’m someone who really cares about my health and I would like to think that I’m in good shape.’ I was basically trying to say, “This can affect anyone. Please take this seriously, “he said.
Tveit, 37, says he now suspects he was sicker than he thought he was then. He slept 13 hours a day for several weeks, but luckily his lungs weren’t affected. “It was like a terrible, terrible sinus infection.”
A few weeks later it had a flare up. “In terms of permanent effects, I think I was fine,” he said. “I know a lot of people who have really, really suffered. I feel very fortunate to have coped with a case as mild as I did. “