Dude, it’s been such a hoot and it’s been such a blast. It’s like old times. It’s weird because I’m seeing worlds mesh before my eyes, like, worlds that are very separate. There’s my Flash life, these people that I’ve been working with for the last two to three years, and then there’s Darren, whom I used to goof off with in college and write musicals about genitalia. [Laughs] That’s what we used to do. So, it’s very weird to have to experience that through a work setting, but dude it’s so much fun. Honestly, he works so hard — it’s been a really enriching experience and I’m learning a lot from it.
Carlos Valdes on working with Darren on the musical cross over [ew.com]
I always said yes to everything, for better or for worse, there are times I wish I hadn’t. A lot of our actors and actresses were much smarter than me cause they would say « I don’t think so, that’s gonna make me look bad », and they were very wise to do that, you know, they’re not being difficult, it’s like, you should speak up for yourself if you’re uncomfortable with something, you shouldn’t do it, that’s okay. But I never did, cause I was like « Yeah, sure, why not, that sounds cool! » and there are times I wish I didn’t because I wasn’t a big fan of how it turned out.
The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover was an immensely charming and necessary hour of television that brought some much-needed light to The Flash‘s detrimentally dark third season. The music numbers were fun, Darren Criss did an amazing job as Music Meister, and the entire cast looked like they were having the time of their lives, which made it more entertaining for the audience.
‘The Flash’-'Supergirl’ musical crossover recap: 'Duet’
Hedwig! Oh, man. What is she? Again, she’s one of these great characters that straddles the line between good and evil. She straddles the line between a few things. Oof, that’s tough! Maybe because of the romantic in me, because she does redeem herself in the end, despite the terrible things she says, she’s been a victim and a lot of bad things would happen to her… I don’t know, I think I would argue both [Gryffindor and Slytherin]. I think the romantic in me will say Gryffindor, even though she thinks she’s a Slytherin. I don’t know, that’s really tough, it’s a good one! I’m stumped. It’s a tie between the two. She’s a woman who lives in dualities on a lot of levels, so I think there’s room for a Slytherdor.
It’s fantastic to see Darren Criss as a part of the “Arrowverse;” whether one loved Glee or hated Glee, Criss performing “Teenage Dream” was one of the best moments of that six-year run, and his character of Blaine, who once memorably took a slushie to the face courtesy of Grant Gustin’s nasty Sebastian Smythe, was a highlight. I was disappointed that this episode didn’t feature much of Criss’ musical talents; perhaps a return appearance may be in order so we can see more of what he can do.
Flash/Supergirl Musical Review: Putting A Little Love In Your Heart [comicbook.com]
I could not be happier that he’s here. He’s killing this role. He’s bringing such a fun energy to set, the way he did on Glee as well. We interacted quite a bit on Glee. Our characters were in the New Directions together, and his was kind of a mentor for the younger group of kids, which I was a part of that. It’s obviously a different dynamic now, but nevertheless it’s a low-key artists net.
Melissa Benoist “What was it like getting to reunite with Darren?” - EW
Kreisberg says Criss was destined to play this role. “Darren so brings him to life,” the EP says. “I’m not sure who we would have gotten to do it if Darren had said no, but it turned out to be one of those things where we wanted Darren and Darren actually wanted the part. It was very kismet.”
Inside the super-sized Glee reunion on The Flash-Supergirl musical crossover [EW.com]
Not for now. I mean, there was so much going on and I know a lot of people are curious about the music that I do. I mean I really like writing music for other people and letting them do their own thing and I’ve done so much over the past couple of years that I just need to be an actor again because, you know, Glee was the longest I’ve ever done a job, ever. It’s kind of crazy. Doing theater my whole life, you know you’re in a show for two months tops, and then you go on to the next thing. So, I’m used to going back and forth, so to do the same thing for five years, it’s a little, I don’t know how to translate this but, taxing? It takes a lot out of you, so I just really wanted to be an actor again and just put all my energy into that. So I imagine I’ll be doing a lot of that. And if the music thing happens, okay, that’s fine, but I just wanted to take a break from that because acting is so important to me that I needed to really pay attention to that. Yeah, so we’ll see, I don’t know, but Hedwig first. First things first!
Darren on if he has other projects after Hedwig (during his meeting room at the gleek reunion)
Although the rationale behind the villain’s evil scheme wasn’t entirely coherent — he wanted to drain their powers while making them understand love, or something? — it didn’t need to be. Criss was put in this episode for two reasons: to look good in red suspenders and to sing. And he did both quite well.
[Glee] dealt with something that was revolutionary at the time, which was this young, gay, teenage love story on primetime TV,” he said. Seeing the show’s adolescent fans react to the story of Blaine (Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), he said, “reminded me of who I was, as a young, confused teenager. It was a doorway for them to talk about things that aren’t easy to talk about.