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Darren's Concerts and Other Musical Performances for 2016

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31default Royalties on Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:29 am

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@Lilikoiluv wrote: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. 

My limited knowledge of the process is that it does not necessarily mean that the network has approved the airing of a pilot, or that the network has agreed to pick up a series.   I think there is still some ways to go yet.  But it's positive that as of now, on the verge of December 2016, that the process is still ongoing.  thumbs up 


Here is a fairly recent article (which I have only had the chance to skim so far):  The Whole Crazy Process of Creating a TV Show, From Pitch to Pilot (1/25/15)


If people want to move this discussion to the Darren Appreciation thread, that's fine with me (it's also ok to keep it in this thread too).



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From dailydarrennews: 

Some pics of Darren at the concert (Feinstein's at the Nikko):

feinsteinssf One great night with Darren Criss.
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Darren Criss at Feinstein’s The Nikko in San Francisco on November 30th, 2016 (x)









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Thanks Lilikoiluv for posting this quote from Darren about songwriting:
@Lilikoiluv wrote: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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Nice review of the concert:
SF Gate wrote:

Criss charms hometown crowd in Feinstein's show

December 1, 2016

Criss, whose parents were among the sold-out audience, grew up in the city, went to St. Ignatius Prep, did shows with 42nd Street Moon as a child, trained with the American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory Program and may or may not have wandered into Martuni’s to sing and play piano when the mood hit him.

For a little over an hour, Criss held a kind of loosely organized homecoming show with song and chat–”Like many things in my life, I planned this an hour ago,” he deadpanned before offering the song he essayed at his first audition, “Where Is Love.” He couldn’t resist poking musical fun at the sappiness of the song from “Oliver!,” just as, later on, he couldn’t resist a dead-on imitation of James Taylor when he sang, “Fire & Rain.”

Criss was clearly at ease with the hometown crowd and having fun, which was instantly contagious. Often consulting, and sometimes ignoring, a scrawled set list on a small piece of paper, he tested accompanist Bruce Kiesling’s flexibility from time to time, but the fellow University of Michigan theater arts grad seemed unfazed as Criss announced he’d added a song to the show “just now” – Carole King’s (and Gerry Goffin’s) “One Fine Day.”

As a student at Michigan, Criss and some friends launched StarKid, a musical theater company best known for its take-offs “A Very Potter Musical” and “A Very Potter Sequel,” from which Criss sang a pair of charmers, “To Have a Home” and “The Coolest Girl,” both of which he wrote with A. J. Holmes. Alas, the hometown crowd was denied the chance to hear songs from another StarKid show from Criss’ student days, “Me and My Dick.”

Although Criss readily admitted he thought of himself as an actor and musician and not necessarily a cabaret singer, he showed convincing mastery of the format with “Til There Was You” from “The Music Man,” which Criss performed with a bossa nova beat accompanying himself on guitar, and Rodgers and Hart’s “Where or When,” with Kiesling on the piano.

He also managed the seemingly impossible, finding a way to cut through the treacle of “I Dreamed a Dream” by stripping the “Les Miserables” anthem down to winning simplicity with a minimalist folk-rock arrangement.

Criss just wrapped his stint in the title role of the national tour of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in Los Angeles, following a four-week run at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater, but said he hopes, “God willing, that I’m not done with that part.”

At the moment, he’s in rehearsals to host “Hairspray Live,” airing on NBC on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a cast that includes Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad.

Darren Criss has proved he can do just about anything, but it’s safe to say that while he could easily win over an audience in any town, his one-night stand at Feinstein’s was strictly for the hometown crowd, right down to its apt finale, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”




A pic from the SF Gate article:

 Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle








A nice pic:



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@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.
Agreed. It's pretty amazing that the development of social media (youtube especially)has allowed this to be the case since even his early gigs in small LA and NYC venues. Fandom, even in the early StarKid days, has always been awesome and generous in recording and sharing videos and audio recordings, and I am so thankful for for that.


@DaisiesandLilies wrote:Lilikoiluv, I may have seen that an attendee sat near his parents, so they probably were there.

@Poppy wrote: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.  
Thank you for sharing the info, DaisiesandLilies and Poppy! I'm glad Mama and Papa Criss were able to be there for Darren's Feinstein's debut.  I would have loved to have watched Mama Criss' face as Darren sang, "To Have a Home."  :love 

@Poppy wrote: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.")
Thank you for sharing this again.  I find it remarkable and heartwarming that Darren openly shared this very personal struggle, insight, and growth journey. 


@Poppy wrote:My limited knowledge of the process is that it does not necessarily mean that the network has approved the airing of a pilot, or that the network has agreed to pick up a series.   I think there is still some ways to go yet.  But it's positive that as of now, on the verge of December 2016, that the process is still ongoing.   

Here is a fairly recent article (which I have only had the chance to skim so far):  The Whole Crazy Process of Creating a TV Show, From Pitch to Pilot (1/25/15)
Thank you for sharing the link to that informative explanation and your thoughts, Poppy. 

After reading the article, could Darren and company have already submitted their pilot script (it says that this could happen) and perhaps that is what he is referring to when he says he sold his pilot? So now perhaps they are going to film already? Darren doesn't usually talk about his projects before they are finalized or formally announced so, it would make sense that the project was a bit more down the development road.  That said, that would be unusual (but not unheard of). "Royalties" following the usual process is still fantastic and I wish he and his collaborators all the best!


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Michael Thomas Grant had a gig at the Prospect Theater in LA last night (12-08-16) and Darren was there to support him and perform a couple of nice duets:  

This first one is a lovely duet cover of "Gone for Good" by The Shins: 


I love the bit of bantering before the song--especially about older brothers. They sounded great together!

Darren also accompanied Michael Thomas Grant on "Not Alone!" The beginning is cut off, but my StarKid lovin' heart loved Michael and Darren's sharing intro to the song. Michael has a nice voice! 


Some nice pics from last night (via DDN): 

lisawitte: mtg singing the shins with darren criss makes for a v good thursday

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I had never heard of Michael Thomas Grant, but google tells me that he is an actor on the television show "The Fosters." He has a great voice and I wouldn't be surprised if he's done musical theatre too. He did a lovely rendition of, "Waving Through a Window" from "Dear Evan Hansen."  Darren and Mia must have been the loudest of those cheering in the audience for that song! 

[url=dailydarrennews.tumblr.com]DDN[/url] has other shorter videos of the two songs (including some cute snapchat videos from Mia) that you can also enjoy.   :happy face


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35default Feinstein's at the Nikko (November 30, 2016) on Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:08 am

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@Lilikoiluv wrote:After reading the article, could Darren and company have already submitted their pilot script (it says that this could happen) and perhaps that is what he is referring to when he says he sold his pilot? So now perhaps they are going to film already? Darren doesn't usually talk about his projects before they are finalized or formally announced so, it would make sense that the project was a bit more down the development road.  That said, that would be unusual (but not unheard of). "Royalties" following the usual process is still fantastic and I wish he and his collaborators all the best!

I'm thinking the same thing you are Lilikoiluv! 

I said something similar to what you said in another thread ( Darren Appreciation Thread)  sorry for the confusion.     I know we are discussing this in a couple of threads (in the 2016 concert thread, since Darren mentioned it at the concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko and also in the Darren Appreciation thread).   

Great minds think alike, Lilikoiluv.  :amused  I also was thinking of Darren's modus operandi of not announcing a project until the last minute, thus wondering if maybe the pilot already was greenlit by FOX, basically allowing filming to begin.   I also wish Darren and the rest of the Royalties team the best.  Cross our fingers we hear something in late January.   :fingers crossed


Thanks so much Lilikoiluv for posting those videos of Michael Thomas Grant and Darren performing together.  I loved listening to them sing "Not Alone."   And yes, I agree, Michael has a lovely voice.  Some trivia:  Bradley Bredeweg is the creator of the TV show, The Fosters.  Remember when people were speculating that Darren was in the Sleepy Hollow musical?  Bradley Bredeweg is connected with that project.    And yea to Darren and Mia for being supportive of Michael!  

And Feinstein's at the Nikko released some great quality videos of Darren performing Wicked Little Town and Fire and Rain!  applause
















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Thank you for posting those youtube videos from Fienstein's at the Nikko, Poppy!  They are so clear and the audiois taken from the venue, so that's great!  8)


I'm thinking the same thing you are Lilikoiluv! 
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Great minds think alike, Lilikoiluv.    
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We both agree so it must be true right?!  :cheeky Wink 
:fingers crossed 

I'll move my conversation over to the Appreciation thread to keep the conversation(s) more sane. Thanks for replying here and linking me to the other convo, Poppy.


Some trivia:  Bradley Bredeweg is the creator of the TV show, The Fosters.  Remember when people were speculating that Darren was in the Sleepy Hollow musical?  Bradley Bredeweg is connected with that project.
Interesting! Great sleuthing/memory, Poppy! Darren's impressive networking skills makes for lots of interconnectivity doesn't it?  I wonder how Michael and Darren met?  Darren mentioned that Michael had been to his house, so they must be more than just acquaintances in the same field.

Here is another video that has a longer section of the cute StarKid connections conversation they had before singing "Not Alone".  I loved hearing how StarKid/Darren were instrumental in Michael becoming involved in his school's drama program and how Darren was impressed/touched by Michael knowing the words to his song.   :amused 

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And I'll just post her "Gone for Good" video too, since it is from a nice vantage point and has great audio:  

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Thanks for the new videos of Darren and Michael Thomas Grant.  It is really fun to hear the bantering between Darren and Michael.  Very cute to see them having so much fun performing together (love their mutual smiles while singing).   The videos are great, very close up, with clear audio!

@Lilikoiluv wrote:I wonder how Michael and Darren met?  Darren mentioned that Michael had been to his house, so they must be more than just acquaintances in the same field.
I was wondering also how they met.  When I googled Michael, I found that he dated Evan Rachel Wood in 2015 (not sure how long it lasted or if still together).   Darren did that "Big" parody in 2014 with Evan.  Not sure if they met through Evan or some other folks/means.

@Lilikoiluv wrote:  I loved hearing how StarKid/Darren were instrumental in Michael becoming involved in his school's drama program and how Darren was impressed/touched by Michael knowing the words to his song.   

Yes, it was sweet to see that Darren was touched by that story told by Michael.  heart

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From dailydarrennews:





Another nice video of Darren singing with Michael Thomas Grant:

Prospect Theatre - December 8, 2016

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