I’m very lucky because when things tend to work out despite failures, you forget them. But, I will say, I was fired from a gig. It was a non-paid, non-union gig, which [did] not motivate why I was less than punctual to most of the days I was supposed to be there, [but] I was writing a musical at the time. I was the only independent there; most were kids. I was the 22 year old amongst a lot of teenagers that lived nearby. I had to drive across town. I was working two jobs — it was like the worst thing in the world, but I was like, ‘The opportunity is great!’ I won’t say what it was for. If people are reading this, they’ll know what it’s for, but I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus because it was a lovely experience, [but] I could not keep up for the life of me with everybody. And, I basically got fired, and then Skylar Astin took over for me, who I would become friends with years later and work with on 'Glee.’ So it worked out great because the job I booked right after that was 'Glee.’ So you just keep going! I think for a lot of actors, people forget that for every yes, there’s been about 100 nos. And, everybody always goes, 'No, you’ll be fine.’ It’s like, 'No really, man. I know what it’s like to struggle.’ There was a long time where I wasn’t booking any jobs, so I did this theatre company — I was with StarKid, and I put my time and energy into that. It’s not all a bed of roses as everybody knows, but you just got to keep going!
The biggest goose bumps on Broadway can be had at the Belasco Theatre where Darren Criss is currently stopping the show eight times a week with Stephen Trask’s flaming anthem, “The Origin of Love” in Trask and John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Is there anything better than a ballad by a hard rock band? Somehow the roughness of the sound makes the sweet songs so much more tender. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that “The Origin of Love” is a summation of the central theme of Hedwig, we are all broken souls searching for our other half. This “ancient truth” is conveyed painfully and unforgettably.
“The Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch is #1 on Playbill.com’s “The Essential LGBTQ Love Songs” list (Source)
The Superbowl is coming up and playbill.com was kind enough to translate the big game for all of us :)
Cheerleaders: Chorus girls. Coach: Director. Deflate-Gate: You lose $4.5 million on a show because your South African mystery investor suddenly dies from malaria. End Zone: Backstage, including our dressing rooms. (Hasn’t everybody scored in a dressing room before?) False Start: “Didn’t they call places like 15 minutes ago?” First Down: Scene Change! Fumble: It’s like falling out of your triple pirouette. Ugh. Hail-Mary Pass: Oh, Lord! In football, this is when the players throw the ball really far in hopes of scoring. In our world, it’s like when a theatregoer is trying to “score” tickets to a show via the lottery system. Imagine: You’re at The Book of Mormon on 49th Street and your friend is at Wicked on 50th, and you’re keeping in touch via cellphone. Your name is called at Wicked, and now you’re running for your life to get there before they skip your name and give the tickets away to someone else. The whole time, you’re like, “Hail Mary, full of grace…” Half Time: Intermission. Substitute a $5 bag of peanut M&Ms for a hotdog. Huddle: We call this: Prayer Circle. Instant Replay: “One more time, facing away from the mirror…” Interception: To best explain this would be to refer to the way Anna Kendrick stepped onstage to sing ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ in “Camp.” Kick Off: The start of the game, otherwise known as the “Overture.” Am I right?”
Criss was the headliner of the 2016 Junior Theater Festival. He
performed a concert for all attendees featuring songs from his Broadway
and television career.
Photo by Marcus Woollen/Music Theatre International
We asked our readers to name the actor they would pick to star alongside Watson in the role of the Beast. Readers’ picks: Ramin Karimloo, Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Constantine Maroulis & Harvey Fierstein
Darren Criss was one of the few younger choices from Playbill readers for the role of the Beast. In spite of his youth, Criss has managed to build a very successful career as a performer.
POLL: Who Should Play The Beast Alongside Emma Watson In Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? (Playbill.com)
Karofsky asks what happened at Rachel’s party and Blaine owns up to the duet. “Why would I be upset that you sang a duet with Kurt?” Dave asks. “You guys don’t stop singing. That’s not it.” And then he figures it out. “Oh, man.” And as much as I’ve hated Karofsky from day one, Max Adler does some really beautiful work in this moment. […] Blaine apologizes, but Dave is cool with it. […] They hug, and Blaine kisses Dave on the cheek. One last look, and Blaine walks out the door, and once again, [Darren] Criss just nails the emotion. Considering how short the scene was (and how neat and tidy the ending was), both actors really hit some emotional high points. Cheers to them both.