This week, I thought I would feature Darren Criss since he’s in Toronto for the film festival, having walked the red carpet on Friday for the film Imogene. This movie, which also stars Matt Dillon and Kristen Wiig, is about a playwright who stages a suicide in hopes of winning back her ex. Sounds pretty dire, right? Apparently it’s pegged as a comedy and I am even more intrigued by it now.
When Darren made his first appearance on Glee as Blaine from the Warblers, he was an instant hit. With the Warblers’ rendition of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, it skyrocketed Darren and “Blaine” to become a household name among Gleeks. I had the pleasure of seeing him and the rest of the Glee cast perform last year when they were in town to do a weekend of concerts and you can bet that the screams and cheers for the Warblers were louder than any other segment of the show.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that Darren-as-Blaine actually wasn’t the first time I had seen him. I was informed that he was, in fact, the one behind A Very Potter Musical and my mind was blown. I remember watching the musical online and never made the connection that it was the same guy. As a founding member of StarKid Productions, they produced the musical based on the famous Harry Potter books which soon went viral online.
Then, in a weird twist-of-fate way, he follows in Daniel Radcliffe’s footsteps again by being cast to replace him on Broadway as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business. I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Dan on Broadway last summer (see my recap of the hilarious live theatre blunder!) and wish I could have gone back to NYC 6 months later to see the show again with Darren but, really, I couldn’t justify that expense! (…….. even though I did find myself in NYC over the holidays.. so I technically did miss Darren’s opening night on Broadway by a day. )
So let’s see here… this talented cutie is not just a triple threat who can sing, dance, and act but he’s also associated with Glee, loves Harry Potter and does musical theatre? What’s not to swoon about??
A few discussion questions:
- Have you seen Darren as Blaine on Glee? What’s your favourite Warbler performance?
- He often sports ties and bowties in his roles. Which do you prefer?
- Who is your favourite Triple (or more) Threat?