Listen up, nerds... yes, I'm looking at all of you who like to Viva La Nerdolution! For all of you Chucksters, smooth-talking thieves, solar powered heroes, and blonde-haired warriors of three, Zachary Levi is taking to the stage for the second time in his career.
Levi grew to fame on the ultimate nerd favorite cult television show, Chuck, starring as none other than the title character, Chuck Bartowski. The show ran from 2007-2012 and is currently streaming all five nerd herd packed, super spy filled, and tech heavy seasons on Netflix. After cancellation of the show (heavily impacted by the writer's strike in 2008 and lack of funding) Levi moved on to other projects such as the smoldering and charming thief, Flynn Ryder in Disney's Tangled. He then replaced Josh Dallas as Fandral in Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. Dallas had to back out of the role due to a scheduling conflict with his starring role as Prince Charming in ABC's television series Once Upon a Time. Though, everything worked out since Levi was originally offered the role of Frandal for the first Thor film, but sadly had to decline because of his commitment to Chuck. Levi's most recent role was that of Luke Collins in the NBC "reboot" of Heroes appropriately titled Heroes Reborn. However, that show only survived one season before being cancelled. He also guest starred in a handful of episodes of NBC's comedy Telenovela, alongside Eva Longoria.
With more than a few starring roles under his belt, Levi also finds time to run his online company The Nerd Machine, that he founded. The purpose of the company is to create and encourage a community of nerds, full of discussion forums, relative articles and videos about movies, games, etc. an online store of merchandise proudly bearing the word "nerd" or the company logo, and/or other nerd related graphics, oh and... Nerd HQ, a three to four day event where Levi hosts Conversations for a Cause. He welcomes friends who happen to be celebrities (Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, Yvonne Strahovski, etc.) and has conversations with them about pretty much anything. Last year fans paid $22 per ticket to attend a panel, and all of the proceeds went towards Operation Smile, a charity Levi is an Ambassador for. So if you thought you were as nerdy as it gets, think again.
Levi is now in rehearsal for the upcoming revival of the 1963 musical comedy She Loves Me. He is replacing How I Met Your Mother star, Josh Radnor in the leading role. Radnor had to step out of the role due to a scheduling conflict with another project. She Loves Me is set to preview on February 19, 2016 and will open at Roundabout's Studio 54 on March 17, 2016 running through June 5, 2016. But this isn't Levi's first go at live theatre. He's been doing that since he was a kid. He starred alongside Smash star Krysta Rodriguez in the short-lived 2013 romantic comedy musical First Date. While that show had a series of mixed reviews, it was definitely worth seeing because at the end of every show, Levi would stick around to sign autographs and take pictures with fans who attended the show. Though, don't try sneaking over to grab a pic with the star; Levi only signs autographs and takes photographs with fans who were in the audience. He asks for ticket stubs to prove it, so if you do go see the show make sure you hold onto your ticket! I had the opportunity to see the actor perform live and landed myself an autograph and picture.
So, be sure to get your tickets to see this 6'3" tall, goofy, nerdy, and sweet guy grace your ears with his talented pipes.