WHY DARREN CRISS IS ENTIRELY WRONG FOR THE BROADWAY REVIVAL OF HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
This production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is set in present day. Hedwig was in her late 20′s when she left Berlin (as she describes while talking about her academic career). Let’s be kind to Darren and say Hedwig was 27 when she left Berlin. So, that would make Hedwig 28 when the Berlin Wall falls a year after she leaves. That was twenty six years ago. That conservatively makes Hedwig 54 in this production. Conservatively. Darren Criss is 28 which is about half the age he needs to be for his performance in this production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to work. He does not read as being in his 50′s or even in his 40′s. Logically, the show does not make since with Darren Criss in it.
Darren recently refered to Hedwig are a “woman thing” (source). Which not only show no reverence for the role but also shows no respect for that entire community of people.
Darren Criss is simply not a strong singer and not a strong actor. These things are CRUCIAL for Hedwig. Those things can sometimes be overlooked with stage presence. Darren also has none of that as evidenced from his stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was terrible in in, regardless of how much money he made during his run, because he had no ease on stage. He looked uncomfortable, couldn’t sing a role that was TAILOR MADE for non-singers, and was not engaging on stage at all. Hedwig requires 200% more than his role in How to Succeed took role took. There’s just no way.
NEUTRALIZATION OF THE MATERIAL:
As is evidenced from how his fans acted during How To Succeed, Hedwig will now become The Darren Criss Show. It will not not be about the character anymore for the people coming to see the show because it will become about a screaming mob of Gleeks who are excited to fetishize homosexuality and transexuality. This will completely water down the beautiful nuisances of the show and turn it into a vehicle for Darren’s ego.
It doesn’t mean he’s going to be good just because Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, the creators of the show, are talking up Darren joining. They A) Have to Talk Up The Show and B) well… I love them… but John wrote a long blog begging people to give Ally Sheedy a chance when the Jane Street Production was running… and we know how that went (In case you don’t)