A.J. Shively: I Don't Want to Be
A.J. Shively stars as Owen Duignan in the musical "Paradise Square", which opened on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre on April 3, 2022. Shively has also been seen on Broadway in "Bright Star" (where he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award), "La Cage aux Folles", and "Brigadoon". Additionally, he performed in the National Tour of "The Sound of Music".
On television, Shively was seen as Jerry McConnell on CBS' "Bull", as well as Chef André Soltner in HBO Max' "Julia". Additional television credits include "Hunters", "The Blacklist", "Madam Secretary", "Younger", and "Homeland".
On June 20, 2016, Broadway Sings for Pride premiered its 6th anniversary benefit concert "Ovation" in New York City, at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This milestone event was filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests, and more. The show honored Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and support these young people, so that they may reach their full potential.
Shively performed the song "I Don't Want to Be" during the benefit concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. It is a song by American singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw from his 2003 debut album, "Chariot". The song gained exposure after being featured as the opening theme to The CW teen drama series "One Tree Hill", and it was released as a radio single on February 17, 2004. It peaked at number 10 in the United States in 2005 and became a top-20 hit in Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
DeGraw wrote the song as a message to adolescents, encouraging them to be themselves, and to not let outside factors change their personalities.
Last Updated: April 23, 2022