A Middletown Tenor Sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium

Orange County native Aaron Tveit knocked it out of the ballpark at Tuesday’s Wild Card playoff game.

If you tuned in to Tuesday’s Wild Card playoffs between the Yankees and the Twins, you might have caught a familiar face — and it wasn’t a Yankee.

Middletown High School grad Aaron Tveit sang a moving rendition of the national anthem, after inviting everyone in the stadium to join him in the song.

Tveit just wrapped up a starring role in Stephen Sondheim’s Company with Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. Critics of his performance in the Pittsfield, Mass., production cited Tveit’s “riveting magnetism.”

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The tenor graced Middletown High’s stage in many performances before he graduated in 2001. Since then, he’s appeared on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, Wicked, and Hairspray. His screen credits include television’s Graceland, Grease Live!, and Gossip Girl, and the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables. His hometown showed its pride in him by naming part of South Street outside the Paramount Theater “Aaron Tveit Way” in 2014.

An avid Yankees fan who appeared in the 2016 baseball-themed film Undrafted, Tveit has more of a reason to celebrate this month, besides the fact that his team won on Tuesday: his 34th birthday is October 21.

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