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1default Fan Experiences During 2016 on Thu May 12, 2016 6:18 pm

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2default Young Actors Theatre Camp/Paul DeVincenzo on Tue May 17, 2016 8:00 pm

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Darren recorded a video congratulating a young man called Paul DeVincenzo about Paul's role in a short film.   Here is the video with Darren's message to Paul.  The video is posted by Young Actors Theatre Camp, which is located in the San Francisco bay area.

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And here is the companion video that is really heartwarming, where you see Paul's sweet reaction to Darren's video. 

Young Actors Theatre Camp

3default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:01 pm

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From @DarrenArmy:
 
A nice tweet from a fan regarding the April 19 show at the Parker Playhouse.
 
"@DarrenCriss thank you for taking the time to talk to those of us who waited for you at the stage door... you're a class act sir."
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Aw, isn't it like Darren to make a fan happy, even when it's late and he's tired?  He goes above and beyond so many times for his fans.  Such a kind person. 




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annasicat: Met @darrencriss tonight at Comic Con  :big grin Was beyond excited! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. I know it was the end of the night and I’m sure you were probably already stopped about 100 times for a picture, but you have no idea how happy you made me! Thank you again  :happy face #comiccon2016 #sdcc2016 #thismomentmademylife #darrencriss #stillcantbelieveit

5default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:29 pm

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smartcasualchicunique wrote:
Meeting Darren Criss STORY TIME! Part 1.

I finally have a moment to write down my encounters over the past weekend/week with Darren Criss. 

First off, I’m writing this as a recount for myself to read back and smile and remember for as long as I can.

September 4th 2016. Elsie Fest Rehearsal & Meet and Greet at Complete Music Studios, Brooklyn.

.  . . We were escorted inside the studio to where the band was set up and Darren Criss in his beautiful talented glory welcomed us into the space . . . Darren asked if we have any requests and I put it out there if he knew any Walk The Moon tunes . . . Darren asked if anybody wants to come up and sing with him. I was hesitant at first but i honestly knew i’d never get an opportunity to ever again. So, up i went. I was so overwhelmed and nervous that I FOR SURE SOUNDED SO TERRIBLE! but it didn’t matter. I was singing with Darren Criss. I live for experiences. I wanted my new friends to share the same experience so i encouraged two more lovely girls to come join us in our little intimate sing-a-long and I’m so glad i did! It was a great sense of community and appreciation!

After our little sing-a-long it was time for photos and receiving our Guitars (yes, we got gifted Fender guitars)
Now, some of you may or may not know but my profession, what i do for a living is work year round festivals, travelling the world running arts festivals doing every job i can possibly apply myself to. So Elsie Fest, not only is it a festival i’ve wanted to attend since its birth last year. BUT its also similar to a festival i had in mind to want to start up back in Australia.

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Darren: Marina, We finally get to meet properly, Bring it in. (hugs) Hello Darling.
(pulls away from hug) Oh gosh, You’re gorgeous. Those eyes are stunning!
Me: Why Thank you! pff geez. Can i just say, You stole my idea!
Darren: Oh? and what idea was that?
Me: For a festival! Or at least we’re on the same page! I’ve been wanting to create something similar to Elsie Fest as I work festivals. I in fact just came from London and Scotland working the circuit there! I’ve been working festivals non-stop for the past 8 months! Its been a looooong run. 
Darren: Well, I’m so glad to know we share the same passion! If you’re a festival gal, have you met ricky? He’s the guy you’ve gotta talk to! (yells at ricky) HAY RICKY, did ya hear!? This chick works festivals! She knows her stuff! 
Me: I actually just had a great chat with Ricky and how there is interest on touring Elsie to Australia! Which if there is any opportunity i would LOVE to join in on the fun! 
Darren: Well, I am so so happy you’re here with us today.
Me: I have to say, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to be here right now with you. Your passion and hard work is inspiring and if it wasn’t for your influence i wouldn’t have taken the risks i have to be here right now standing in front of you. So thank you, Darren
Darren: (touched expression on his face) Thank you, you’re very kind. Im so happy to have met you, Marina. Let me write a little something on this guitar of yours. (writes a thing, we have our photos, we have another quick hug goodbye and see you tomorrow (at elsie fest) and then i return back to chatting with Ricky)

-smartcasualchicunique


Note:  I love how much Darren tries to engage and connect with his fans, as well as how he expresses supportive messages to his fans and how he consistently attempts to express his appreciation for his fans' support.  Such a kind person.







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Joe's Pub.  Part 3

Thursday September 8th 2016, Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, New York.
I was lucky enough to get to attend Justin Vivian Bond’s show at Joe’s Pub where Darren did a spot with Molly Ringwald. Now this encounter with Darren after the show for me is by far the most special and honest and true conversation i was lucky enough to have. On the train ride home I wrote out our conversation word for word to keep for me and myself on the days I need total and utter motivation and happiness
I shan’t share my special conversation with Darren after the show at Joe’s pub because a) it was a quite long conversation and will take AGES to write. b) it was shared between me and Darren and thats what made it special, i got the chance to express more things I wished I shared with him on the weekend and got to be more eloquent in more of a relaxed setting. All I wanted was a moment of his time for conversaton and he was happy to give me that time. a good 15 minutes of it… Discussions of appreciation of education, passion and enthusiasm, Working between 3 different countries, our crazy vagabond lifestyles..ect.

I didn’t ask for a photo, however Darren insisted on one after our chat which in the end i really was happy and thankful for the opportunity. 
P.s Note the photo of Alan Cumming in the background, Whom i just finished a festival run in Scotland and got to also meet that fabulous man!



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Note:  Another example of how giving Darren is with his time to his fans, and how he is genuinely interested in connecting with them and getting to know them.  :happy face



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6default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:08 pm

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch tour (SF)

khal-blaine posted a cute video at the stage door of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in SF.  But I can't post the video for some reason.  Anyway, the video shows how gracious Darren is with his fans, really trying to converse and connect with them.  Such a nice person.   To see the video, click on the link:   khal-blaine

Here is the text that she also included:

khal-blaine wrote:“I saw you up there in the front! … Hello, darling. What a cute little dress; look at you!” - *tell him I flew in this morning and am gonna fly out tonight and go to work at 8 AM* “good for you! You’re after my own heart. I do that all the time. You can sleep on the plane; if you’re small you can do that! I sleep on the plane all the time.”
Me: “thank you, Darren.” *suddenly overwhelmed with love and feels, can’t help but initiate hug* “It was just- such an honor to see you again. I just love your Hedwig so much.”
Stopped recording prematurely but after that we had a real sweet moment– when he said “I know that can’t be cheap” I replied “you’re worth it.” And he’s like “well, I dunno about /that/.” And I put my hand on his shoulder hAH (bc we already hugged so the physical ice was broken?) and v serious said something like: “You are to me.” He thanked me again in that genuine, pure way he does and wished me safe travels back.
This is literally the Darren encounter I’ve always dreamed of. Thanks to the sunglasses I couldn’t see his Magic Hypnotizing Eyes and I managed coherency for 45 solid seconds.
He is the sweetest (except for Mia who I also was blessed enough to meet today. She gives him a real run for his money in the sweet department; they are such pure kind souls.)
I can’t be any more satisfied with the way today turned out.
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October 02 2016   (Source)



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7default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:48 am

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From @DarrenArmy

At stagedoor for Hedwig and the Angry Inch in SF (tour) on October 4, 2016.





8default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:33 pm

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch tour (SF)

Here is the touching video that Lilikoiluv mentioned, of this fan who traveled all the way from Australia to see Darren and Darren being visibly touched by and grateful for her support.  Look at folks in the background.  You see a woman smiling widely and nodding her head in support.




Darren with a fan at stage door on October 4th, 2016 | source


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And here are a few pics of the same fan.   So sweet. 






Darren with fans at stage door on October 4th, 2016  Source



Ok, I think I'll sign off for a bit.  Be back later!  :happy face



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9default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:49 am

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From dailydarrennews:
Hedwig tour--SF.



Darren at stage door (Tuesday, October 4, 2016).   The video captures how sweet are both Darren and the fan from Australia (Amanda).  He really is the kindest person.  After he finishes talking to her, he moves on to talk to the next fan (who is from Manila!   yea--international fans!)


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my dreams came true!!!! here’s the video i took meeting darren at the hedwig stage door on tuesday the 4th of october :’)
October 07 2016   (Source)







Another video of the same fan, from a different angle.  So sweet--both of them.   He's such a charmer, though, isn't he?  Telling her he is going to name the little stuffed animal, "Amanda." 

haleyjames:
and here’s the full video of the clip taken from my instagram! :happy face

October 07 2016   (Source)





Some pics of stage door October 6, 2016 (Hedwig tour-SF).  It's amazing how many of these fans are impressed with how nice Darren is.  heart


So sweet that Darren talked with this boy about the Legend of Zelda.  Darren always tries to find a way to connect with the fan as a person.  Much respect.

anztooner 
Yes that is @nathanoriger with @darrencriss! Nathan absolutely LOVED Hedwig and the Angry Inch! And Darren Criss was amazing and so nice! He talked with Nathan about Legend of Zelda while signing! #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #anzphoto3652016 #photoaday #photooftoday #photo3662016






samuelrosariojr  Great show, great artist, great human being!  Nice to meet you
@darrencriss #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #broadway #actor



 
wickspicks  We met Darren Criss!! Such a sweetheart and really funny.  #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #shnsf #musical #theatre #theatrelife #actor







backstabberlie  The sweetest human being in the whole wide world. 
@darrencriss  @hedwigonbway #darrencriss #hedwigonbway #hedwigandtheangryinch #sanfrancisco





milesxking  great show, even greater guy








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10default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:43 pm

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From dailydarrennews:

Hedwig tour--SF.


Very sweet story. 
 

  
backstabberlie I was shaking as I walked up to @darrencriss. I’m a HUGE fan, but my cousin Nicholas was a way bigger fan. A lot of you know he passed away in January, and I have been trying so hard to be just “okay”. All I could do when I walked up was spill my guts to Darren real quick, cry, and show him the thumbprint necklace I have of Nick’s. On the back of the medallion, I have a quote from glee. He grabbed Nick’s thumbprint and said “I’m holding it super tight!” Before I could start crying, he threw his arms up to the sky and said “NICHOLAS!!!! THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING SHOW!!!!!!” He continued to write out on my playbill “Natalie, thank you so much! This ones for Nick!” He gave me a hug and kiss and said “Now go, before I start crying.” Darren…. you MADE my 30th birthday, you made my year better. You are the kindest person EVER, and you care so much about every single one of your fans. I will forever love you. #darrencriss #sanfrancisco #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigonbway #birthdaygirl #hedwig #sugardaddybringithome #thisonesforNICK (x)
October 07 2016
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11default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:07 pm

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Nice moments :happy face

By the way, has someone here already met Darren ? I don't remember.

12default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:14 pm

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I saw him on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.   I watched him for a bit interact with fans at stage door, but decided not to ask for an autograph. 

Have you met him, Jeremy?


Thought I would post this.

13default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:02 am

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No. Maybe someday :amused

14default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:42 pm

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Yes, I hope you do meet him some day, Jeremy.  :happy face   Cross our fingers that he makes it to Europe sometime soon.  

I'm sort of weird, I think (in more ways than one).  :amused  Because I never felt a need to meet Darren.   Don't get me wrong.  It was really wonderful to see him in person the special times that I attended his events.  And I was curious to see how he interacted with fans at the stage door on the day of the Hedwig show I attended on Broadway (so I watched for a few minutes), but I did not feel a need to chat with him, or get a pic taken.  I'm not sure why.  I'm guessing that is probably not the norm.   :amused  I'm a mystery to myself.   confused

15default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:20 pm

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From dailydarrennews:

Cute video of Darren and a fan speaking Japanese, complete with a bow from Darren at the end.



October 7, 2016 | x





Lilikoiluv, can you translate (if you can hear).  I don't speak Japanese (my mom barely could speak Japanese).  Embarassed I don't know

16default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:29 am

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@Poppy wrote:Yes, I hope you do meet him some day, Jeremy.  :happy face   Cross our fingers that he makes it to Europe sometime soon.  

I'm sort of weird, I think (in more ways than one).  :amused  Because I never felt a need to meet Darren.   Don't get me wrong.  It was really wonderful to see him in person the special times that I attended his events.  And I was curious to see how he interacted with fans at the stage door on the day of the Hedwig show I attended on Broadway (so I watched for a few minutes), but I did not feel a need to chat with him, or get a pic taken.  I'm not sure why.  I'm guessing that is probably not the norm.   :amused  I'm a mystery to myself.   confused

I'm actually the same. I like the idea of seeing famous people in person but I don't feel a need to talk with them... And, you know, I'm not sure that so many people dream of chatting with a celebrity.

17default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:04 pm

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Jeremy, I'm glad I'm not the only one.  :happy face   But still, it seems many of Darren's fans would love to chat with him/take a pic with him.   Everyone is different in this regard, I guess, which is all fine. 




From yesterday's shows.  Hedwig--SF.

From dailydarrennews:

@caseysasner   @DarrenCriss talked to EVERY person in line after #HedwigSHN . What a kind and deeply talented human!!
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#Repost kristen.sc

So nice meeting Darren Criss after the show!! He is so kind, very sweet talking to the kids #hedwigandtheangryinch #theaterkids #gleecast #mclaughlinsinsf #darrencriss http://ift.tt/2e0Wzpt
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# Repost jayspie
This has been one of the most amazing things to ever happen to me and I’m so grateful. Danke #darrencriss #lenarockerhall http://ift.tt/2d03guH





A few more tweets from yesterday's shows (10/8/16):




This was cute.



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18default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:59 pm

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Erika (wolveserika on Twitter) won a meet and greet with Darren after Sunday afternoon's performance. She tells her whole story starting with the tweet at twitter wolveserika status 785517262866448384

(Sorry about the link. I can't post links until Tuesday, I think.)


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19default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:20 pm

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Sorry about that DaisiesAndLilies.  You can post a link now.  Embarassed

Thanks for letting us know about the person who won the Meet and Greet.   I will read it soon.  :happy face

And welcome!  welcome :hello :for you


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20default Re: Fan Experiences During 2016 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:41 pm

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DaisiesAndLilies, I was not sure which exact tweet it was.  You should be able to do links now (sorry about that!). 

You can find her twitter here: https://twitter.com/wolveserika

Aw, cute story.  "It just warms my heart how he's just so nice and kind and genuinely . . .He actually cares and wants to get to know you." 

Sounds like Darren!  It's nice to hear so many different people say it over and over again.  :love

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