–by Liz Qiao
Aaron Lazar was raised in the quaint Cherry Hill Township of New Jersey, but was recently seen performing, singing, and dancing with renown actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in Broadway’s successful revival A Little Night of Music. Mr. Lazar’s successful career did not come all in a sudden; his professional record reveals the amount of work and patience necessary to achieve one’s end goals.
Mr. Lazar attended Duke University, where he a pursued a future in medical studies alongside a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. While most students proceeded to follow more conventional and stable industries like investment banking and law, Mr. Lazar made a 180 degree turn and headed for the stage lights.
No tall, dark, and handsome belongs in a medical clinic. Probably realizing this, Aaron abandoned academia to embrace a realm in which he has found much success. After attending the College of Conservatory Music, Aaron became one of the “triple threats” that the CCM is well known for breeding. He was able to sing, act, and dance with equal skill. .Once he nailed a role in the Broadway National Tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel, he never turned back.
In 2007, Mr. Lazar was nominated a Drama Desk Award for his fascinating performance in the 2006 Broadway revival of Les Miserables. He has also starred as Fabrizio Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza, and as “Charles Darnay” in the 2008 revival of A Tale of Two Cities. Mr. Lazar has also held understudy roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Oklahoma! More recently, he appeared in episodes of “Ugly Betty,” and “New Amsterdam,” and in films “The Notorious Bettie Page,” and “One Man’s Castle.” This year, Mr. Lazar performed in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music as the gullible, jealous, yet hilarious military man Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm. His performance was captivating, believable, and above all, brought inspiration to the Duke students who glowed and beamed with pride as his audience.
Aaron Lazaar. Web. Nov. 2009. <www.aaronlazaar.com>.
“Aaron Lazaar.” Cllege of Conservatory Music. Web. <http://www.aaronlazar.com/images/njlifemag.pdf?id=3245>.
“A little Night Music.” Broadway World. Web.