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Darren's 2016 concerts and musical performances:


January 16, 2016.   Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala (FL).


February 8, 2016.  Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, Carnegie Hall.



February 26 & 27, 2016.  Broadway Today with NSO Pops, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke.  The Kennedy Center, Washington DC.


March 11, 2016.  Broadway Today with the New York Pops, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke. Carnegie Hall.


March 29 & 30, 2016.  On Broadway, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke.   Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.


April 19, 2016.  Broadway Concert Series (with Seth Rudetsky).  Fort Lauderdale, FL.


April 21, 2016.  Adrienne Arsht Center 10th Anniversary Gala.  Miami, FL.


June 3, 4, and 6, 2016.  The Little Mermaid Live In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl (with Sara Bareilles, Jodi Benson, Tituss Burguss, Rebel Wilson, Norm Lewis, John Stamos and Joshua Colley.


September 8, 2016.  Joe's Pub (with Molly Ringwald).  NYC.


September 14, 2016.  Petty Fest (Los Angeles).


November 30, 2016.  Feinstein's at the Nikko.  San Francisco.



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Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, Carnegie Hall (February 8, 2016)




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jwilson77: @alancummingsnaps sings sappy songs with friends @darrencriss at #carnegiehall #wilsonmodelsphotography



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Alan Cumming & Darren Criss - I Don’t Care Much (Cabaret) @ Carnegie Hall, 2/8/16
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Review wrote:

Another guest, Glee’s cutely bearded Darren Criss, came out and showed his balls by beautifully duetting with Alan on “I Don’t Care Much” from Cabaret, then doing a sweet gender-switch solo on “Part of Your World.


- Out.com

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Broadway Today with NSO Pops, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke.  The Kennedy Center, Washington DC (February 26 & 27, 2016)







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@BetsyWolfe: @kencen concert required mirror selfie @DarrenCriss We are so excited!! @siasalvatore here ya go! @darrencrissnews









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@BetsyWolfe: @CarmenMarcValvo You made me feel like a million bucks this weekend @kencen with @DarrenCriss and @NSOtweets







Setlist for the Broadway Today concert at the Kennedy Center | Source




Two reviews: 

BWW Review: Darren Criss, Betsy Wolfe, and the National Symphony Bring a Little Broadway to Kennedy Center

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Review: ‘NSO Pops: Broadway Today with Darren Criss & Betsy Wolfe’ at The Kennedy Center (DC Metro Theater Arts)





Review by DC Metro Theater Arts wrote:Darren Criss owned the stage with his near-palpable charisma and his fantastic acting of the song. With his energetic opener, the fun “I Love Betsy” from Honeymoon in Vegas, by Jason Robert Brown, to the emotional intensity of “The Streets of Dublin” from A Man of No Importance, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, he showed off his legit Broadway chops, yet with his own pop twist.  

-DC Metro Theater Arts
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Review by DC Metro Theater Arts wrote:

Criss’ acoustic version of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from Les Misérables, was intimate and sad, even heart-wrenching in its sincerity. And in a first for the National Symphony Orchestra, they played a song from The Book of Mormon, as Criss (and even Reineke, for a little bit) sang the hilarious “You and Me (But Mostly Me).”

While both Criss and Wolfe were great on their own, they were even better together. Their version of “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors was upbeat and rowdy, while “Falling Slowly” from Once (with Criss playing guitar) was intimate and intense. It was easy to see that Criss is most comfortable with a guitar in his hands and singing in a more folk style. Their encore, “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent was fun and sassy—a perfect sendoff for the audience.

 - DC Metro Theater Arts
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Broadway Today with the New York Pops, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke. Carnegie Hall (March 11, 2016)






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[UHQ] Darren Criss performs during The New York Pops: Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe In Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 2016 in New York City.




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[UHQ] Actor/musician Darren Criss performs at The New York Pops: Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe In Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 2016 in New York City.






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[UHQ] Actress Betsy Wolfe, The New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke, and Actor/musician Darren Criss perform at The New York Pops: Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe In Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 2016 in New York City.



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On Broadway
, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Betsy Wolfe, and Conductor Steven Reineke.   Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto (March 29 & 30, 2016)





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torontosymphony: @darrencriss and @bwolfepack dressed up and ready to wow the crowd and take the stage for the first #onbroadway show tonight. #TSO #musicals #broadway #toronto #music #concerts #torontosymphonyorchestra #musicaltheatre #darrencriss #betsywolfe #pops






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Darren Criss and Steven Reineke.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra - On Broadway - Roy Thomson Hall
March 30, 2016






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@TorontoSymphony: Thanks to the fantastic @BetsyWolfe & @DarrenCriss for joining us for 3 great #OnBroadway shows. Come back any time!





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markchuraman: Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe singing Broadway classics accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made for a magical evening of music #TSO



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Broadway Concert Series (with Seth Rudetsky).  Fort Lauderdale, FL ( April 19, 2016)




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ha!  I'm guessing this was while he was singing "If I Were a Rich Man," from Fiddler on the Roof. :amused 



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SET LIST
 
Something’s Coming (from “West Side Story”)
Where Is Love? (from “Oliver”)
I Love Betsy (from “Honeymoon in Vegas”)
Welcome Home (from “Fanny”)
The Streets of Dublin (from “A Man of No Importance”)
I’d Rather Be Sailing (from “A New Brain”)
Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (from “How to Succeed Without Really Trying”)
Wicked Little Town (from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)
If I Were A Rich Man (from “Fiddler on the Roof”)
 
Encore:
You and Me (But Mostly Me) (from “The Book of Mormon”)

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For discussion about:

The Little Mermaid Live In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl,  with Sara Bareilles, Jodi Benson, Tituss Burguss, Rebel Wilson, Norm Lewis, John Stamos and Joshua Colley (June 3, 4, and 6, 2016)

Go here:   The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl on June 3, 4, and 6, 2016

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From dailydarrennews:



September 06 2016









Darren will appear only on September 14th - Tickets
September 06 2016




Note:  This is really interesting to me, that Darren is now making appearances to perform.

I'm hoping this is a positive sign that Darren is working on his own music.  :fingers crossed 




From DarrenCrissArmy:

Additional information about this event in an article that is linked by  DarrenCrissArmy: 



theplanetofsound.net wrote:
Norah Jones and Darren Criss Added to All star Petty Fest Lineup: Second Night Added Due to Popular Demand


Due to popular demand a second night of Petty Fest has been added at Fonda Theatre for September 14th.  The Best Fest is very proud to announce that Norah Jones, Darren Criss (of Glee fame,) and Matthan Minster of Cage The Elephant have joined the all-star line-up celebrating the music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

. . . Ticket sale proceeds will benefit Refuge Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization supporting the creation of music and art. Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the ten-acre sanctuary houses recording and art studios and residences. “Celebrating the living legacy of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with an amazing line-up is a lot of fun,” says Best Fest founder Austin Scaggs. “But raising money for Refuge Foundation, and doing our part to help support and nurture a new wave of musicians and artists makes this all worthwhile.”

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The Best Fest is proud to begin its partnership with Refuge Foundation for the Arts, which was founded in response to the lack of resources available to artists today, and honored to support their mission: “Helping Artists Create.”

“Refuge Foundation is a way for musicians and artists to take care of our own,” says Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Cory Chisel, who created the Refuge Foundation with his partner, Adriel Denae. “Our goal is to free the artist’s creative and business process from the strictures of the current model, which can often become an economic stranglehold for artists, especially when it comes to musicians, record labels, and the business of making records.” While Refuge Foundation provides opportunities for so many facets of the arts – photography, sculpture, film, dance, wood and metal working, and more –  the Best Fest will focus its partnership on emerging musicians and The Refuge Artist in Residence Program.  (emphasis added)

-theplanetofsound.net
September 6, 2016





Also, from DarrenCrissArmy

publictheater.org wrote:
Justin Vivian Bond: The Golden Age of Justin Vivian Bond (with special guests)

In Golden Age of Justin Vivian Bond, we celebrate the closing of the year-long celebration of performance icon Justin Vivian bond at Joe’s Pub. Tonight’s performance will feature the original originals Mx. Bond has created over the last few years of v’s boundless career along with some covers and every night will feature a new special guest.

Special Guests This Week Include:

Thurs, Sept 8 - Molly Ringwald, Darren Criss and Julian Fleisher

Link:  Joe's Pub



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From dailydarrennews:

Darren at Joe's Pub.  He always harmonizes perfectly.  So beautiful.  Wonder if he sang another song?


Darren on stage at Joe’s Pub with Molly Ringwald on September 8th, 2016 | source


September 08 2016
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donforringer: Molly Ringwald and Darren Criss, my phones on vibrate for you

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Oh, yeah. Did I forget to mention that Molly Ringwald and Darren Criss showed up to sing some #rufuswainwright? Yeah. That happened. #latergram #darrencriss #mollyringwald http://ift.tt/2cpfFY4
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Some pics with fans from tonight.



Pic with Lee Tonks, a big Hedwig fan.  (He looks so different without his Hedwig make-up.  :amused )

leetonks  Who is Darren Criss?
No but really I’m screeching. It’s been years since my selfie with him. Ignore my triple chins and bad hair.  @darrencriss #darrencriss I look like a killer
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alek_douglas  his hair was soft #darrencriss 

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jennasaispas_   Perfect night, perfect week  :happy face
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Another comment about his hair.  :amused


nikknyc   Closing down the bar never looked so good. Also, I believe I have a piece of his hair in my mouth. Anywayyyyy, always a pleasure, @darrencriss

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@PumpkinPie522   @DarrenCriss thanks for the awesome night. Lovely convo,great seeing u, best week,  




Cute pic.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY @thisisbreanna!  lol @darrencriss xoxo



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From the event at Joe's Pub:

From dailydarrennews:


With the star of the show, Justin Vivian Bond:

mxviv: Post-show selfie with @darrencriss. It’s a shame he’s so ugly. #thegoldenageofjvb
September 09 2016





ginagaran Hmmm, how many of my favorite people can I jam into one pic??@darrencriss @mxviv @ginagaran @nathanncarrera @sammyjodj @scarletenvy #nyc #justinvivianbond #hedwigandtheangryinch #myloves #joespub
September 09 2016




With a fan and her nice message:


@theatregirlny14: @DarrenCriss is the absolute sweetest! Hope to see him around The Public again!
September 09 2016



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From @DarrenArmy

Enter to win tickets to Petty Fest on September 14:






You need to email them to enter (must be 18+ years old).  They will pick the winner next week.    Link:  Win Tickets
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From dailydarrennews:

Joe's Pub performance.

Molly Ringwald and Darren Criss singing Rufus Wainwright
September 10 2016

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Here's a full video. It includes Darren talking about how he and Molly met and why they're singing this song.



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Thanks for posting, Lin.   I enjoyed listening to how Darren and Molly met, and that they sang before together.  :happy face

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Darren will be performing at Petty Fest in Los Angeles this Wednesday, September 14:happy face  Hope some fans go. 


                                 




darrencriss: Tickets on sale now for Petty Fest. See you there! bit.ly/PettyFestLA2
September 12 2016


Link for Tickets: 

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From dailydarrennews:


Short clips of Daren singing at Petty Fest last night, from Mia's snapchat.  He sounds really good.  :happy face  (Sounds like a fan near Mia was having a fun sing-along too  :amused )



Clips of Darren singing Free Fallin’ at Petty Fest - September 14, 2016 [x/x/Mia’s snapchat]

September 15 2016
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Another clip of Darren from last night.   I'm not completely sure, but it sounds like he's straining his voice on the high notes (it also happened for part of his performance with Vulfpeck at Brooklyn Bowl).   I love his passion when he performs--it's what makes him such a dynamic and magnetic performer--but sometimes control is compromised a bit. 


sonacat18: 2016 Petty Fest. Darren Criss was awesome. #darrencriss #fondatheatre #2016 #pettyfest #madsmithsonian

September 15 2016
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Some pics of Darren at Petty Fest.  :happy face

sonacat18: Picture perfect. #darrencriss #mads_smithsonian #pettyfest
September 15 2016






sonacat18: Rocking out to “Free Fallin”. Madliyn Smith# I got the shot of the night. He was great as usual. #darrencriss #freefallin #pettyfest #mads_smithsonian #fondatheatre"






@RyTheGuy915: @DarrenCriss You did Petty PROUD! So glad to see you perform #FreeFallin! It was amazing!! @the_bestfest #PettyFest
September 15 2016







Some really nice pics of Darren with Vulfpeck at the Brooklyn Bowl.

DARREN CRISS AT VULFPECK - September 10, 2016 by Bellemore Photography [Part 3]
September 15 2016
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DARREN CRISS AT VULFPECK - September 10, 2016 by Bellemore Photography [Part 2]
September 15 2016
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From dailydarrennews:

A mention of Darren (at Joe's Pub on September 8, as special guest at Justin Vivian Bond's show).
BroadwayWorld wrote:
BWW Review: Justin Vivian Bond is 'Golden' in Anniversary Show at Joe's Pub

Joining Bond on v's celebration was Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club), Bond's friend of two decades and a stage performer in her own right. Ringwald took the reins, singing a duet with Darren Criss (HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH), who Bond remarked looks a great deal like the Sixteen Candles star's husband Panio Gianopoulos. Together, they harmonized beautifully while singing "Vibrate" by Bond and Ringwald's mutual pal, Rufus Wainwright. And Criss, who met Ringwald just weeks ago, let her take the reins while appearing genuinely awestruck at the opportunity to perform with her.

Understandably, those in the audience lost their minds.

September 23, 2016
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Feinsteins at the Nikko wrote:
Darren Criss- Feinstein's at the Nikko - San Francisco, CA - November 30th, 2016


Actor, musician, Emmy-nominated composer and San Francisco native, Darren Criss, will make his Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut with a selection of songs from his career.

Criss is reprising his critically acclaimed Broadway performance as “Hedwig” in the San Francisco and Los Angeles engagements of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Criss made his Broadway debut in 2014 as J. Pierrepont Finch in the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is best known for his breakout role as Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning series “Glee.” Most recently Criss appeared on the Emmy Award winning FX series “American Horror Story” and will be seen in the upcoming Indie comedy “Smitten” directed by Academy Award winner Barry Morrow. He starred opposite Annette Bening and Kristen Wiig in “Girl Most Likely” and guest starred on “Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve” on PBS. Criss is the founder of NYC’s annual show tunes music festival. “Elsie Fest.”


Wed, November 30, 2016

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Sold Out

October 18 2016
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Jeremy wrote:Have a nice time

Aw, thanks Jeremy!  :happy face






Hi Lilikoiluv! 

@Lilikoiluv wrote:I've already posted my well wishes in another thread, but I'll do it here too because one can never have enough well wishes.  lol.

I know you're having an awesome time at Darren's concert at Feinstein's in San Francisco!  With the news about his upcoming events, he is sure to have a lot to share while bantering between songs.    I have my fingers crossed that he'll use this as an opportunity to formally announce the very near release of his album and plays ALL the songs from it just for you guys (and all of us via youtube) . . . as one does at Feinstein's.  <--see what I did there. 

You'll also need to explain how this white beauty played into the evening: 

 
I know! His new album must be called "White Peacock"!!!! Yup. That must be it. 
Aren't you proud of my sleuthing skills, Lin?!
 

Aw, thanks so much for your well-wishes (twice!), Lilikoiluv.   And I agree, one can never have enough well-wishes!   :happy face

And THANK YOU Lilikoiluv for posting all those lovely videos!!   I really appreciate your sharing them with us! 


My husband and I had a wonderful time at Darren's concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco.   I saw people recording early on during the concert, trying to be discreet about it.   Then Darren seemed to give his permission, so folks were more open about it.  The venue was so small (although the club packed the tables in; so it was very cozy :amused ).  


The fans of Darren are so efficient!  I was so impressed to see folks posting their videos that same night! 

The review (by SF Gate) was very nice.  I'm glad there was a nice review.   Darren was very charming.  He was very relaxed with the crowd, and chatted with the audience.  I loved hearing that he sold the pilot of Royalties (you go, Darren, way to be a mover and a shaker!).   And it was so interesting to hear him talk about the different hats he wears:  Musician, actor and songwriter/composer.   He mentioned that he does not really consider himself to be a "singer," although he is very touched when others consider him to be a singer.  (I felt like raising my hand  :hello --since I love his singing voice, so warm, so full of energy and emotion.)    It was really interesting to hear that he finds songwriting to be the most satisfying.  I think he mentioned that before, does anyone remember him saying this before? 

I thought of Lilikoiluv when he sang the 2 StarKid songs, "The Coolest Girl," and "To Have a Home."  I have loved "To Have a Home" since I first heard it.   He was hilarious when he did his spot-on impression of James Taylor while singing the beginning of "Fire and Rain."  It was sooo funny.  He is amazing in his impressions, and how he can change his voice and just the way he forms the words to sound like a different singer (still thinking of Hedwig and the Angry Inch).    After he sang "Fire and Rain," I thought to myself, that I wished he would do his Randy Newman impression because he was sooo funny in that old video (btw, does anyone have that old video where he did his Randy Newman impression?  I would love to see the video again).  ha!  And then he sang Randy's "The World Isn't Fair" (but alas, he didn't do his Randy Newman impression). 

I always enjoy him singing "I Dreamed a Dream."  I like that he plays with the pronouns, this time he kept the pronoun "he," other times he has used "she."   I always enjoy hearing him sing "Wicked Little Town," although I was taken aback how different he sounds when he sings it in his own voice, since I'm so used to  his Hedwig voice.  I also love his version of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and I am fond of his "Where is Love?"

Lilikoiluv, you asked about the white peacock.  I don't recall him mentioning it.  (Maybe the prior entertainer used that prop?)    He didn't mention any album (but if he does release one--maybe it will be called "White Peacock").  :amused  I like that he used this small intimate forum, to chat a couple of times about Royalties.  He mentioned that the show is about songwriters, and he received a nice round of applause when he said he sold the pilot.   :bravo clapping hands


Lilikoiluv, great job with posting those music videos, especially that Vimeo one!   thumbs up    Thanks again for taking the time to do that!


His friend Bruce on the piano sounded great, and was a great sport as Darren announced "just now" that he added another song. :amused   When Darren mentioned that the songs he chose to perform that night  (he brought this tiny scrap of paper that was his official songlist for the night) were moving faster than he thought, he also shared that he thought to himself, that he'll just chat more with the crowd (to take up more time).  But haha!  Then he shared with us, that he realized that didn't take as much time as he thought it would, since he speaks fast.   :big grin  At one point, he headed to the piano to play a song, and he said to the crowd, something like "Oh no, I left my list over there, now what will I do?" (he left the little scrap of paper on the stool that he sat on for some songs, that was to the right of the piano).  One person helpfully started to stand up to retrieve the scrap of paper to walk over to Darren, and then Darren assured the person that this was just part of his shtick. 

Of course yes, I would have loved for the concert to be a teeny bit longer (it ran for about an hour), but it was no big deal.  My husband and I really enjoyed the concert.  Darren proved that he is a wonderful entertainer, funny, friendly, relaxed, charming, with a lovely voice.   My favorite songs were I Dreamed a Dream (lots of emotion), Wicked Little Town (again, lots of emotion), Fire and Rain (funny during his James Taylor impression and then just lovely in his own voice), To Have a Home (touching song), and Where is Love (sweet song), and I Left My Heart in San Francisco (beautiful song for a beautiful city that is Darren's home-town).  


@Lilikoiluv wrote:Poppy, could you share what he he shared about high school prior to this?

Hmm.  Sorry, Lilikoiluv, I don't remember (I'm not kidding when I say I have a bad memory).  He did mention at the concert that he, like many children interested in theater in the area, were involved with  A.C.T and 42nd Moon.   He also sang "Welcome Home" (from Fanny).  He also mentioned that when he was a kid, that he felt more comfortable singing, but then as he got older, the boys were separated from the men in terms of their singing (he mentioned how he wasn't able to have a vibrato, but he's fine with that now).



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Thank you, Lilikoiluv, for the pictures and the videos. And thank you, Poppy, for the review.

It's funny to hear Darren saying he's not a singer while he's actually giving a concert :big grin

And the news about Royalties is obviously nice.

An one-hour show is indeed short but, as Darren often gives concerts, it's less problematic that it would be with artists like Madonna.

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You're welcome, Jeremy.  It was my pleasure and I hope you enjoyed veiwing them! 

@*Jeremy* wrote:It's funny to hear Darren saying he's not a singer while he's actually giving a concert  
ha! I agree, Jeremy!  That is funny . . . and such a Darren thing to do.   :amused

Thank you so much for taking the time post your experience and impressions of Darren's Feinstein's show so quickly, Poppy!  :hug 

I'm going out the door right now, so I'll respond to your wonderful post above later when I can take my time.  :happy face

Just wanted to leave this here as a "thank you" for you to enjoy.  

Darren and friends singing Randy Newman's "You've Got A Friend in Me" from Toy Stoy (Disney sing-a-long? Of course! What else would you do when having a StarKid get-together? :big grin ).  It starts at about 7:25.

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As I mentioned earlier, I too wished that Darren has done his spot-on Randy Newman impersonation for that song! It would have been hilarious. 

His observation and impersonating skills are impressive! If this actor/singer/composer/producer/rock start/etc./etc. gig doesn't work out (ha! lolol), Darren certainly has yet another career option methinks.  :laughing His Ryan Murphy impersonation still cracks me up too.

ETA:  Oops.  I should have posted all of those videos in this thread, which would make them easier to find later.  My apologies for that, Poppy?  I'll try to repost them here later.  Your great organization for this forum certainly makes revisiting special events so easy for us, Poppy . . . if some members (*raises hand*) would refrain from getting overly excited and simply post things in their proper place. (*raises hand again*)  Embarassed


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NOTE: Bringing over the Feinstein's videos from the other thread so that they're now in the correct location.  Embarassed

I hope you're having a fantastic time in San Francisco Poppy, although it's cold there right now. Keep warm! Looking forward to reading your review of last night's show!  

Here's a few videos from last night:

Darren doing an spot-on impression of James Taylor at the beginning of "Fire and Rain" and then ending with a lovely version of his own (via DDN): 

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Let's see if this works. Darren singing his lovely version of "I Dreamed a Dream"

yay! It worked! I just love his emotional version of this song so much.
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"A New Town is a Blue Town" from "The Pajama Game"! 

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Love his little comment in the middle there. Such a pretty rendition. 

Thank you, Darren, for including "To Have A Home" in your set last night: 


"Wicked Little Town". 'Nuff said. 

Oh. my. heart. 

I love that he did some apropos Randy Newman! He should have done his Randy Newman impersonation here too. lol. "The World Isn't Fair" (via DDN):

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There are a few more lovely videos from last night.  I'll try to post them later, if someone else hasn't already done it.  

The venue looks like an intimate one, and I hope you and your husband enjoyed your evening, Poppy!


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NOTE: Bringing over another post of the Feinstein's videos from the other thread so that they're now in the correct location.   


A few more videos as we wait for Poppy's return.  The first two are not the best visually, but the audio is great and she left in some of Darren's bantering between the songs! Love that, and he shared some interesting things, which I'm sure Poppy will fill us in on!  :big grin :for you

In this one, Darren chats about Maggianos, "The Music Man," songwriting, Carol King, and even a little about "Royalties" (via dreamsinajarcant):

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Bless this person for including some of the bantering. This teacher loved what he said about songwriting (and parenting).  He's just so personable througout.   :love Poppy, could you share what he he shared about high school prior to this?

And jenndesq has posted a little snippet of what he said in the above video: 

Speaking of what I’m up to now, I also sold a pilot, so that’s kind of cool. I’ve mentioned now probably three times these several different hats that I’ve worn in my life, and one of them is a songwriter. And that kind of grind, which is not something any of you would know about, but I’ve spent years in the writing sphere, whether it’s for myself or other people. For musical theater, for pop artists. It’s a really fun thing, it’s probably, of all the things I do, I get the most satisfaction from, because it doesn’t require me being in front. I think if we have any teachers in the room, I’d imagine it would be the same. When you have students that do something on behalf of something you’ve contributed to, it’s extremely gratifying. I love writing music for people, and hearing their voices. I’m not a parent but I’m sure for some of the parents, you have your hopes and dreams for this thing you’ve created, and ideally, hopefully it’ll surprise you, and hopefully surpass your expectations in ways you never thought. So that’s how I feel about a lot of songs that I write when other people sing them.”
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No, I'm not posting another video of this because this is one of my favorite songs (well, not ONLY because it is), but it has a bit of Darren talking about the song before. Really! (via dreamsinajarcant)
 
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It wasn't dialogue, Darren you silly goose.  It was Harry's quick change from his muggle clothes to finally being in his Hogwarts robes.  Both the song and the scene were beautiful and still gives me goosebumps. :cry :love

A portion of what Darren says is on of his first audition songs when he was little--"Where is Love?" from "Oliver!" (with a cute key change in the middle and ending)
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From Feinstein's instagram:

feinsteinssf One great night with Darren Criss. 

Hopefully we'll get videos of "Where or When" (which I love), "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", and more of Darren's great bantering later.  :fingers crossed


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 I'm so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed Darren's show. Darren giving his permission to record the show was very nice of him. The venue did look small and intimate from the pics I saw when I looked it up. Glad the show sold out, but hope they didn't pack everyone in too tightly.

Like you said in your post, Darren did look and sound very relaxed . . . and charming. I love how he just chats with the audience so casually and friendly--makes things seem even more intimate and enjoyable. Has his UMich piano playing friend accompanied him before? It seems like he has, but I can't recall a specific event. Go Blue! 

The fans of Darren are so efficient!  I was so impressed to see folks posting their videos that same night!  

Yup. The Darren Criss fandom gets sh*t done and people like me that cannot attend the events are so grateful to them!  :happy face I recall that Darren himself has said several times that when he needs a certain pic or video, he knows that the fans will have it posted somewhere online for him.   8)



I loved hearing that he sold the pilot of Royalties (you go, Darren, way to be a mover and a shaker!).
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I like that he used this small intimate forum, to chat a couple of times about Royalties.  He mentioned that the show is about songwriters, and he received a nice round of applause when he said he sold the pilot.     

Oooh!  The pilot has been sold! How exciting!! Does that mean that they've already done a pilot and it has now gotten the sponsor backing to be a show next season?  Or has their idea been sold and now they can make a pilot? Either way, HOORAY for Darren and company!  I hope their show makes it to the fall season and is a great hit! New music every week from Darren and company would be great, Darren on our tv screen each week would be even better!  But I digress. :heart:  


And it was so interesting to hear him talk about the different hats he wears:  Musician, actor and songwriter/composer.   He mentioned that he does not really consider himself to be a "singer," although he is very touched when others consider him to be a singer.  (I felt like raising my hand   --since I love his singing voice, so warm, so full of energy and emotion.)    It was really interesting to hear that he finds songwriting to be the most satisfying.  I think he mentioned that before, does anyone remember him saying this before?  
Darren really seems to enjoy trying on these different hats he's taken on and created oppotunities for himself for.  He certainly is creating such a diverse portfolio of interests and experiences.  He is a master at networking, so it makes sense that he is delving into things that interest him. He has always said that he makes a concerted effort to be fully involved in his career decisions, and I'm glad to see that that in itself seems to be something he enjoys too.  

Darren has mentioned several times how he enjoys supporting other people toward success (as a teacher, as a manager/agent, etc.) so I can see how songwriting is something he finds satisfying. For musical theatre he has said that he enjoys the challenge of writing songs to effectively support a scene and to highlight the singing strengths of the cast member(s) he is writing for.  I remember Dylan Saunders (a fellow StarKid) got a bit emotional during an interview when he shared how special it was to know that your friend (Darren) wrote the Starship song to make you shine. Nurturing other people's succcess seems like such a Darren thing, and yet another thing I admire about him.  :love  


I thought of Lilikoiluv when he sang the 2 StarKid songs, "The Coolest Girl," and "To Have a Home."  I have loved "To Have a Home" since I first heard it. 
Aww, thanks for thinking of me, Poppy.  Yes, Mama Criss and I both love this song.  "Coolest Girl" is not really in his key; did he lower it when he sang it?  I hope a video of it pops up. OT:  Darren has said that he had hoped this song would become a "go to" song for girls to sing at auditions, and he was supposedly tickled when a fan at a recent "Hedwig" stage door shared with him that she's used that song for several of her auditions. How cool.  8)

BTW, was Mama and Papa Criss there that night, Poppy?  I would have loved to have seen her face as he sang "To Have A Home".  She's so cute. 

I always enjoy him singing "I Dreamed a Dream."  I like that he plays with the pronouns, this time he kept the pronoun "he," other times he has used "she."   I always enjoy hearing him sing "Wicked Little Town," although I was taken aback how different he sounds when he sings it in his own voice, since I'm so used to  his Hedwig voice.  I also love his version of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and I am fond of his "Where is Love?"
What a nice set list.  I love his version of "I Dreamed a Dream" too--so beautifully emotional.  To hear him sing it live must have been lovely.  I'm also happy that you got to hear Darren sing "Wicked Little Town" in his own voice. It must have really brought home how he truly disappeared and became Hedwig.  I've only seen a portion of "Where is Love" but it was adorable at the end.  "Age-fluidity"--lol. 


Lilikoiluv, you asked about the white peacock.  I don't recall him mentioning it.  (Maybe the prior entertainer used that prop?)    He didn't mention any album (but if he does release one--maybe it will be called "White Peacock").   
lol. I was just being silly.


When Darren mentioned that the songs he chose to perform that night  (he brought this tiny scrap of paper that was his official songlist for the night) were moving faster than he thought, he also shared that he thought to himself, that he'll just chat more with the crowd (to take up more time).  But haha!  Then he shared with us, that he realized that didn't take as much time as he thought it would, since he speaks fast.     At one point, he headed to the piano to play a song, and he said to the crowd, something like "Oh no, I left my list over there, now what will I do?" (he left the little scrap of paper on the stool that he sat on for some songs, that was to the right of the piano).  One person helpfully started to stand up to retrieve the scrap of paper to walk over to Darren, and then Darren assured the person that this was just part of his shtick.  
Thanks for sharing these bits, Poppy! Darren's personality truly shines while bantering between songs, and I enjoy hearing these snippets so much.  I really appreciate when people leave in the bantering between songs when the post their videos, but alas, not too many do. He's so genuine, adorkable, and talented. 


Of course yes, I would have loved for the concert to be a teeny bit longer (it ran for about an hour), but it was no big deal.  My husband and I really enjoyed the concert.  Darren proved that he is a wonderful entertainer, funny, friendly, relaxed, charming, with a lovely voice.   My favorite songs were I Dreamed a Dream (lots of emotion), Wicked Little Town (again, lots of emotion), Fire and Rain (funny during his James Taylor impression and then just lovely in his own voice), To Have a Home (touching song), and Where is Love (sweet song), and I Left My Heart in San Francisco (beautiful song for a beautiful city that is Darren's home-town).
I'm so glad you and you husband enjoyed Darren's show, Poppy.  I had heard that it was a little over an hour and wondered if it was a bit disappointing; although most sets usually are about an hour. There's often more than one set. Darren seemed to pack quite a few songs (and stories) into his set though, and I'm happy to hear that it was a "funny, friendly, relaxed, charming" show with lovely songs.  Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!  :hug 
  
Hmm.  Sorry, Lilikoiluv, I don't remember (I'm not kidding when I say I have a bad memory).  He did mention at the concert that he, like many children interested in theater in the area, were involved with  A.C.T and 42nd Moon.   He also sang "Welcome Home" (from Fanny).  He also mentioned that when he was a kid, that he felt more comfortable singing, but then as he got older, the boys were separated from the men in terms of their singing (he mentioned how he wasn't able to have a vibrato, but he's fine with that now).
You have a GREAT memory, Poppy!  Thanks for sharing about this.  Now I need a video for "Welcome Home" too.  I don't think he's sang that before, has he? I find it endearing how he often mentions his lack of vibrato--especially when he's doing all of these musical theatre-y events. Thank you for sharing his memory of growing up in theatre and not developing a natural vibrato. Fandom needs to make a concerted effort to praise him on his emotional depth when singing/emoting.  Producers and directors also need to give him a nice, juicy acting theatre roll that he can blow people away with and finally earn his Tony Award as I cry my eyes out with happiness for him.  :blush


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For anyone interested, slayediest has a download for Darren's show at Feinstein's at the Nikko:


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Darren Criss at the Nikko Hotel - Full set download. photo by @yanks02
I’ll run tracking on it when I get a chance, but I do think it’s best listened to altogether.  The sound is pretty good, but it’s a small venue so sometimes the audience noise overtakes the talking between sets. Headphones are best.
Apologies in advance for my endless cackling during ‘Fire and Rain.’ It couldn’t be helped.
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Darren fandom is so spoiled when it comes to fan recordings. I love that I can see/hear all kinds of performances without flying across the country to go in person.

Poppy, thanks for the writeup! I think my favorite parts that I've heard so far would be his James Taylor impression (no wonder he likes voiceover work, with that level of mimicry) and him talking about Royalties.

Lilikoiluv, I may have seen that an attendee sat near his parents, so they probably were there. Also, thank you for the full audio.


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Jeremy wrote:And thank you, Poppy, for the review.

It's funny to hear Darren saying he's not a singer while he's actually giving a concert

And the news about Royalties is obviously nice.

An one-hour show is indeed short but, as Darren often gives concerts, it's less problematic that it would be with artists like Madonna.

You're very welcome, Jeremy. 

ha!  Yes, the thought occurred to me that it was funny to hear Darren saying he does not consider himself to be a singer, while at his own concert.  :amused  

About Royalties, I wondered if Darren preferred to talk about Royalties in a small, intimate venue in his home-town of SF.   I think this is the first time he talked about Royalties publicly, other than those few tweets?   Please correct me if I'm wrong on this.

I think we were having so much fun, we just didn't want the concert to end.  :amused  






Lilikoiluv, I knew you would have that video where Darren does a Randy Newman impression (singing You Got a Friend in Me)!   Thank you so much!   I actually had been looking for that video recently (before the concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko) because it is just so funny.  Thanks too for your helpful reference to the point where Darren is singing.  I appreciate it so much!  :happy face




@Lilikoiluv wrote:As I mentioned earlier, I too wished that Darren has done his spot-on Randy Newman impersonation for that song! It would have been hilarious.
Yes, twinsies!  :amused    The funny thing was at the concert, Darren was introducing the artist whose song he was going to sing next.  He mentioned this artist is very theatrical, and i just wondered if it was Randy Newman (it probably was in part because I wanted that Randy impression too, since this was after Darren did his James Taylor impression!).   Then it turned out it was Randy Newman!



Thanks so much Lilikoiluv for copying all your lovely comments and all the lovely videos that you posted before.   It's so nice of you to do that!     I also love that you posted here the quote from Darren from  the concert, about being a songwriter, that Jenndesq was so nice to take a note of. 

@Lilikoiluv wrote:No, I'm not posting another video of this because this is one of my favorite songs (well, not ONLY because it is), but it has a bit of Darren talking about the song before. Really! (via dreamsinajarcant)
 
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It wasn't dialogue, Darren you silly goose.  It was Harry's quick change from his muggle clothes to finally being in his Hogwarts robes.  Both the song and the scene were beautiful and still gives me goosebumps.  
 
Color me impressed again, Lilikoiluv, that you would know this.  applause   The song is very touching, and the scene sounds very touching too. 


The beginning of the concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko involved Darren singing some Broadway songs (Where is Love, A New Town is a Blue Town, Welcome Home, and Where or When) that he also sang at the Broadway at the Nourse concert  (October 2015) with Seth Rudetsky in San Francisco. 



The venue was small and intimate.  It was a very handsome venue.  Darren mentioned that they are remodeling it and that he wanted to perform in the venue before that happened.  He also mentioned Jane Lynch will be performing in the venue.  :happy face   The tables were tiny tables, and were very close together (almost touching), which was fine, we were able to chat with our neighbors a bit.   It was nice and cozy, a very intimate club.  If I lived in the area, I would go there again.  

One  interesting thing was that at one point in the concert Darren asked out of curiosity, how many folks had been to one of his previous shows and to raise their hands.  I looked around in my immediate area and I was surprised that quite a few people were not raising their hands, which caused me to wonder about those folks.  Were these folks existing fans of Darren, who just never had a chance to see one of Darren's shows, but knew him from Glee or StarKid?  Maybe some of them had seen him in the SF leg of the Hedwig tour, and were recent converts (into fans of Darren)?   There were quite a few older folks (middle-aged and up), although I also saw some younger faces.   And yes, Lilikoiluv, I'm very glad the show sold out!  It's nice to see the demand to see Darren. 

I forget how Darren said he met Bruce.  I do remember when Darren found out Bruce went to U of Michigan, that Darren wasn't sure if they would know any people in common, but it turns out they knew lots of the same people.   Darren did mention something like Bruce was used to being flexible with Darren's last-minute ways (Darren mentioning that Bruce had little time to know the songs, and in fact, Darren--while at the concert--spontaneously decided to add one of the songs :amused ).   This led me to believe that Bruce had accompanied him before. 


@Lilikoiluv wrote:Yup. The Darren Criss fandom gets sh*t done and people like me that cannot attend the events are so grateful to them!   I recall that Darren himself has said several times that when he needs a certain pic or video, he knows that the fans will have it posted somewhere online for him.   

Yup, so true.  And I also am grateful to these fans who go out of their way to share with the rest of Darren's fans who can't make it to his events.  We also are pretty lucky, as Jeremy mentioned, since Darren does concerts with some frequency (and that we get these videos shared with us).   haha!  Yes, I remember Darren saying that when he wants to find a video or pic, I think he mentioned to share with his mom, he knows that his fans will have posted some.



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@Lilikoiluv wrote:Darren really seems to enjoy trying on these different hats he's taken on and created oppotunities for himself for.  He certainly is creating such a diverse portfolio of interests and experiences.  He is a master at networking, so it makes sense that he is delving into things that interest him. He has always said that he makes a concerted effort to be fully involved in his career decisions, and I'm glad to see that that in itself seems to be something he enjoys too. 



Well-said, Lilikoiluv.  :happy face   He is a man of many interests, and  of many talents.

@Lilikoiluv wrote:Darren has mentioned several times how he enjoys supporting other people toward success (as a teacher, as a manager/agent, etc.) so I can see how songwriting is something he finds satisfying. For musical theatre he has said that he enjoys the challenge of writing songs to effectively support a scene and to highlight the singing strengths of the cast member(s) he is writing for.  I remember Dylan Saunders (a fellow StarKid) got a bit emotional during an interview when he shared how special it was to know that your friend (Darren) wrote the Starship song to make you shine. Nurturing other people's succcess seems like such a Darren thing, and yet another thing I admire about him.   

Yes, I agree with this.   And thanks for sharing the story about Dylan Saunders getting a bit choked up.  Such a sweet story.


@Lilikoiluv wrote:Aww, thanks for thinking of me, Poppy.  Yes, Mama Criss and I both love this song.  "Coolest Girl" is not really in his key; did he lower it when he sang it?  I hope a video of it pops up. OT:  Darren has said that he had hoped this song would become a "go to" song for girls to sing at auditions, and he was supposedly tickled when a fan at a recent "Hedwig" stage door shared with him that she's used that song for several of her auditions. How cool.  

BTW, was Mama and Papa Criss there that night, Poppy?  I would have loved to have seen her face as he sang "To Have A Home".  She's so cute.

Sorry Lilikoiluv, I have absolutely no idea bout the key.  He sounded good to me on "Coolest Girl."    It was nice to see Darren happy to meet that fan at stage door (for the Hedwig tour) who shared with him that she used CG for her audition.  Must had been very fulfilling for Darren to hear that. 

I did look around Feinstein's at the Nikko, curious to see if Mama and Papa Criss were there.  I spotted them in the back (they were standing) chatting with two men.  Darren also mentioned at the end of his concert that he was planning to have dinner with them right after the concert. 


@Lilikoiluv wrote:I'm also happy that you got to hear Darren sing "Wicked Little Town" in his own voice. It must have really brought home how he truly disappeared and became Hedwig.

Yes, you described it well, Lilikoiluv.   Listening to him singing WLT in  is own voice, it hit home how much he really disappeared into the character of Hedwig in HATAI. 


Oh-haha!   Ok, you were joking about the White Peacock.  :laughing


The bantering is so Darren.    It is half the fun of seeing him perform.  He's very quick, funny, and charming.  So it is really nice when people's videos capture the bantering, as well as the song performances.

Darren sang Welcome Home at the "Broadway at the Nourse" concert (October 2015) that he did with Seth Rudetsky in San Francisco.     Here is a recording by Brian Willy:  Welcome Home (Nourse Theatre)    And here is a recording by Brian Willy of Where or When:  Where or When (the Nourse Theatre)



@Lilikoiluv wrote: I find it endearing how he often mentions his lack of vibrato--especially when he's doing all of these musical theatre-y events. Thank you for sharing his memory of growing up in theatre and not developing a natural vibrato. Fandom needs to make a concerted effort to praise him on his emotional depth when singing/emoting.  Producers and directors also need to give him a nice, juicy acting theatre roll that he can blow people away with and finally earn his Tony Award as I cry my eyes out with happiness for him.  

Yes, it's endearing that Darren feels comfortable sharing this with us.  It feels very personal.  I'm glad that he's comfortable now (about not having a vibrato).  And I believe him.  He also said this at the Nourse concert, about being fine now and having accepted that about himself.  He repeated at the concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko (also stated at the Nourse concert), that he once thought voices "like his" did not have a place in the Broadway world, and that he feels so happy that this no longer seems to be true.  I believe that at both concerts, he said that it's fine (that he doesn't have a vibrato), and that it's worked for him so far.  I think he expanded a bit more at the Nourse concert, and shared that he even thinks because he doesn't have a vibrato, he figured out a way to make song performances work for him.   (Here's a part of my notes for the concert at the Nourse Theatre/October 2015:  "He went on to say that at some point, though, he shifted from feeling embarrassed about his voice not being that typical Broadway voice, to a philosophy that if one could sing a song in his/her own way, if one could "do you" (ie, be himself or herself), as well as if one could put his or her heart into a song performance, then hopefully the song would make sense.  I found it really touching and inspirational, how Darren struggled with accepting his "limitations," until he accepted his "difference" as a strength, by emphasizing that which made him unique and interesting as an individual--and combined with showing how much heart and emotion he puts into a song performance--resulted in him finding a way to make his performances shine.")


@Lilikoiluv wrote: Producers and directors also need to give him a nice, juicy acting theatre roll that he can blow people away with and finally earn his Tony Award as I cry my eyes out with happiness for him.  

Yes, so true!


Thank you Lilikoiluv for the slayediest's download.  I appreciate your keeping an eye out for us.  :happy face




Hi DaisiesAndLilies! 

@DaisiesandLilies wrote:Darren fandom is so spoiled when it comes to fan recordings. I love that I can see/hear all kinds of performances without flying across the country to go in person.

We are so lucky!


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Poppy, thanks for the writeup! I think my favorite parts that I've heard so far would be his James Taylor impression (no wonder he likes voiceover work, with that level of mimicry) and him talking about Royalties.

You are welcome, DaisiesAndLilies!   I really enjoyed the James Taylor impression as well.  The audience was laughing quite a bit.  It was so amazing and so funny at the same time!    And yes, it makes sense that he likes voiceover, as you so eloquently put it, with his impressive skill in mimicry.   In fact, just today, my husband mentioned that he spoke with his friend again (the person who I mentioned in the Hedwig thread about fan reviews, who does stand-up comic work), and his friend said that he had heard from someone that Darren was very good in doing different voices.  I am so curious how the acquaintance of my husband's friend (sorry, for not using names to avoid confusion)  knew this about Darren.

I also really enjoyed hearing him talk a bit about Royalties.  He used an analogy about how Tina Fey's show, '30 Rock, is loosely about creating a show like Saturday Night Live, just like Royalties will be about the experience of songwriters, including the dynamics of working with other songwriters.



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