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I was fortunate enough to get tickets to SHN In Conversation with Darren Criss, Lena Hall and Hedwig co-creator, Stephen Trask. I thought it was just going to be a talk, but they treated us to this acoustic “crusty nugget” performance of Sugar Daddy. We weren’t supposed to record, but Adam Savage (the moderator) told everyone to get their phones out for this SO HOW COULD I NOT COMPLY :D

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Midnight Radio at SHN Conversation with Stephen Trask, Lena Hall, and Darren Criss

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Darren Criss, Stephen Trask and Lena Hall performing Sugar Daddy

“Darren is the most transformable and thrilling of all the Hedwigs I’ve seen,” says Slaight. “He brings enormous vocal dynamics from rock to ballad, unique and deeply resonant character choices, much heart and extraordinary humor.”

“He just simply has star quality,” agrees Greg MacKellan, co-founder of 42nd Street Moon, “It’s why he took off so quickly on ‘Glee, and why he’s continued to shine in his other performances. Although he has impressive training, you can’t learn star quality.”

Getting to take the wig out of the box in his hometown is the uber fanboy experience.

“This city knows and loves ‘Hedwig’ all too well,” he says, “Once I knew they were going to bring it to San Francisco, I knew it had to be me.

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Midnight Radio -Hedwig  

with Stephen Trask, Lena Hall and Darren Criss

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Stoked Bay Area native Darren Criss brings ‘Hedwig’ to hometown crowd
“Glee” alum Darren Criss, who grew up in San Francisco and studied at ACT, comes home to star in the Broadway smash “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

When Darren Criss was 14, he used to sneak down to the basement of his family’s San Francisco house to watch the 2001 cult classic flick “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” with his brother. He always felt like a delinquent, terrified of what his mom would think if she caught him getting his glam on with this tale of a transgender rock diva.

Now, the actor who cut his teeth at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater before having a breakthrough as Blaine on the hit Fox show “Glee,” is returning to the Bay Area to put his own stamp on Hedwig, the “internationally ignored song stylist.”

Criss launches the national tour of the Tony-winning Broadway revival, stepping into the stilettos previously filled by stars such as Neil Patrick Harris and Taye Diggs. The 29-year-old, who has long considered himself a hardcore Hed-head, will share the stage with another San Francisco native, Lena Hall, who nabbed a Tony for her turn as Yitzhak on Broadway. “Hedwig” rages Oct. 2-30 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre as part of the SHN Broadway series.

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Even as a very young boy, he possessed an extraordinary imagination, significant musical gifts, transformational acting talent and a very bright light behind the eye,” says Craig Slaight, director of ACT’s Young Conservatory. “He compelled attention. And his abundant joy from all of the work was contagious. As he grew, all of this sharpened and deepened.

Darren is the most transformable and thrilling of all the Hedwigs I’ve seen,” says Slaight. “He brings enormous vocal dynamics from rock to ballad, unique and deeply resonant character choices, much heart and extraordinary humor.”

“He just simply has star quality,” agrees Greg MacKellan, co-founder of 42nd Street Moon, “It’s why he took off so quickly on ‘Glee, and why he’s continued to shine in his other performances. Although he has impressive training, you can’t learn star quality.