While we were writing it, we knew that it was going to be such a music focused show, that we would need to have tons of music…..I had a very good friend named Grant Anderson…..and we said, you are going to the music guy…..and maybe you will play Toby….And it was kind of known thing at U of M that summer, at least among the theater kids, that some of the theater kids had won $20,000 and were going to make a web series…..
And we were talking to this dude who we new from theater classes, but I at least never really talked to, I don’t think Nick had really talked to him either. He was sitting on a stoop and we were chatting about this project - the music thing. And he said “You know, I write music I could help you guys out”, and we said “Yeah, he seems like a pretty cool guy, let’s do it.” And that guy was, you know, Darren…Darren Criss who also went to our college. And this was the beginning of the relationship between all of us and him, as far as I know.
And he came in and he started writing songs. And there was a little bit of tension between him and my friend Grant because Grant thought he was going to be the music guy. But then Darren came in and Darren was writing just incredible songs, like, I think a lot of people know…they know what a good composer he is. That he writes incredible pop rock music, that is so emotional and interesting. And we picked his songs over some songs that Grant wrote. We basically moved the songs that Grant wrote to other places in the show……And we gave, of course, Toby to Darren instead.