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Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tour--SF and L.A.

SF:  October 2-30, 2016  (SHN Golden Gate Theatre)

L.A.:  November 1-27, 2016 (Hollywood Pantages Theatre)


This thread is for any reviews of Darren in the SF and L.A. shows of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch tour.

Please feel free to post fan reviews and comments, as well as any media reviews and comments from members of the media, about Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the SF and L.A. venues of the tour,


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I am so looking forward to Darren performing in this wonderful musical again!

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                                                                 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tour at SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco:   October 2 - 30, 2016.





From dailydarrennews:


@actualcatNikkiM Well… damn. @HedwigOnBway @shnsf @DarrenCriss #dressrehearsal #slayedit #waitedatthestagedoorlikeanerd


Note:  @actualcatNikkiM's Twitter page says she works in theater.


Hope we hear from others who were lucky enough to be there tonight!   I assume media do not go to dress rehearsals?



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Posting a few reviews here to start off this thread.  :happy face


From dailydarrennews:


A tweet from a member of the media:




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Love this portrait by Michael Arthur, who is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in drawing about theater, dance and music. 


michael arthur‏ Last week, I watched invited dress rehearsal of @HedwigOnBway tour with @DarrenCriss – San Francisco is in for a treat. #sketchbook
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From dailydarrennews:

A nice pic at curtain call for the preview show on October 2. 


theshirin Darren Criss slaying as Hedwig. Will go see him again. Highly recommend.
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From @DarrenArmy:















This person tweeted several times (he didn't know who Darren was when he bought tickets):







And a few more tweets:












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I hope you don't mind, Poppy, but DDN posted the full version of some of the October 4th tweets you posted above, so I'll repost them here: 









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Adding sacteachv2's coments from Sunday's preview to this thread too: 
sacteachv2:
Loved everything about this first show! The SF references were great and the combo of Lena and Darren was amazing. It seemed like Darren hadn’t taken any time off- he was right back in the role without hesitation. He got some fun lines in - talked about Darren Criss, referenced Lea Michele and got a dig in about If/Then. So glad the “Chris Col-fur” line is gone. Some elements were a little different but they worked. Not used to major cheering after WLT curious to see if that changes. Both Michael and Darren confirmed that LA is it for Darren and Lena and there will be a new group for other cities. Pretty much knew that but hearing it directly was good. Stage door was interesting but Darren made sure to sign for everyone. Going back on Tuesday and can’t wait!
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You can click the little 'x' link above to see the pretty photos she had posted with her thoughts!  :happy face



yanks02 on tumblr posted her impressions from last night's second preview.  She had mentioned that no one shouted descriptions for Hedwig's hair on Sunday, and so she had asked people for suggestions.  Here's what she said about last night: 
So Darren changed the “James Franco” line back to James Franco tonight. I guess “Darren Criss” was just a one off.


Also, the anon who sent me the message about how Lea Michele was brought up: It’s when Yitzhak is singing “When Love Explodes” and Hedwig says “I don’t know, I thought Lea Michele was better in the role” and then when Hedwig throws the sheet music into the audience she says “*Do* stop believing.” I couldn’t remember that on Sunday lol.


The crowd has continued to be weird, I don’t understand it? It’s pretty raucous and everyone cheers but like no one is shouting out hair suggestions when Hedwig asks for them (I yelled out “bananas” tonight so thanks for all the replies with random adjectives guys, I guess I’m going to have to memorize them and yell them out every night so Darren has something to work with) and tonight some guy literally just randomly yelled out “Show us your ass!” in a quiet moment, which Darren took and ran with about seeing her after the show and she’d try to “fit him in”. But still… don’t just yell out stuff, shit man.


I took my friend who only knew of “that guy from Glee” and after the show she could not stop smiling and thanked me over and over again for taking her because she said it changed her life. She’s already looking at buying more tickets and talking about how she’s going to download the album tonight. Bless, it’s so nice to watch someone’s life being changed because of Darren-as-Hedwig.


Okay off to bed. Full work day tomorrow and then Hedwig opening night! 

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I'm glad that Darren is quick enough to choose when to play or not play with the yelling of inappropriate comments, but gosh.  wha? 


I loved that her friend was impressed with the show.  That is one of the best things I love about Darren doing Hedwig again. Like yank02's friend and the tweet from Thom (@knitmastergoat) Poppy posted above, I love seeing people that were not familiar with Darren prior to the show being overhwhelmingly surprised and impressed with his talent.  celebration dance! 

She's going yet again to tonight's opening! She's one lucky girl!


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@Lilikoiluv wrote:I hope you don't mind, Poppy, but DDN posted the full version of some of the October 4th tweets you posted above, so I'll repost them here:

Nope!  I don't mind at all.  :happy face  I appreciate your doing that, Lilikoiluv!

And thank you so much for posting sacteachv2''s comments and yanks02's comments!  I really enjoy reading the longer comments of people who are willing to write out their thoughts. 


@Lilikoiluv wrote:I'm glad that Darren is quick enough to choose when to play or not play with the yelling of inappropriate comments, but gosh.   

I loved that her friend was impressed with the show.  That is one of the best things I love about Darren doing Hedwig again. Like yank02's friend and the tweet from Thom (@knitmastergoat) Poppy posted above, I love seeing people that were not familiar with Darren prior to the show being overhwhelmingly surprised and impressed with his talent. 

Some people need to learn some more manners.  I mean, honestly.  It's just inappropriate behavior. 

Agree so much with you, Lilikoiluv about yanks02's friend really loving the show, and about people who are not that familiar with/do not necessarily consider themselves fans of, Darren, yet who turn out to be really touched by and impressed with Darren  after seeing the show. celebrate 


Yup, yanks02 is a lucky person!   I see her name around a lot.  She's a very supportive fan.


Thanks again for all your posts, Lilikoiluv!  I haven't worked my way through all of them yet, but I will!

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From dailydarrennews:

I thought this comment was really interesting.  I'm not sure, but I don't think she was previously a fan of Darren.  She and her friend are artists.  Her comment was very perceptive, about not meeting many actors, and that she found it interesting to meet an actor who may inhabit different characters ("interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes.  I don't meet many actors.  That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.")


chachasikes At @kmimagine’s insistence we waited in a line to meet the cast of @hedwigonbway / and then how sweet that was because we were able to thank @darrencriss for his soulful and rockin performance as Hedwig. It’s was special and for many reasons & feels like the New Year began. Interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes. I don’t meet many actors. That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.  “try & tear me down”


Note:  Her friend who went with her to the show posted this comment on chachasikes's instagram:

kmimagine   "Admittedly jealous  of your moment.   But I think he knew you were someone special who appreciated the purity of his art form ; ) also what a gent saying hello to ALL of his fans."



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I think that's so interesting too.  Loved her friend's comment about Darren being a "gent" too! 

Here are a few opening night tweets that DDN captured: 
 






Darren's mom and dad are so sweet (via DDN):

Jim Levy: Michigan grads and me. Darren Criss gives an unbelievable performance in Hedwig at the Golden Gate - an extraordinary theatrical experience. Must see. And…he’s a really good guy. Thanks to his mom and dad for taking us back to see him after 
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This person sounds like he was in the 'splash zone' last night. lol (via DDN): 

slairm #hedwigonbway was amazing!!!#hedwig #broadway #spitonme
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DDN has posted a segment of a wonderful review/article from SFGate.  Here are the Darren-related parts, but the entire article is lovely with well-deserved high praise for many aspects of the production (I added on the end of the article because I thought that was lovely too)!

SHN’s ‘Hedwig’ either excellent or transcendent

Let’s be clear: Darren Criss is superb in the title role of SHN’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Golden Gate Theatre.

Pumping out the show’s glam and punk rock anthems, he works his mic stand at times like it’s his own appendage, at others like it’s a sexual partner. His miniskirt highlights his every sinew — his leg muscles practically have their own leg muscles, and his bulging veins are visible from many rows back.

Yet his strength isn’t just physical. When the guitar in the four-person band that is the Angry Inch blasts out power chords at the command of his outstretched arm, it’s a product not just of bodily power but of messianic deviance and contagious rage.

Hedwig has a lot to be angry about: a bungled sex change operation that left her, en route from Hansel to Hedwig, with the “angry inch” of the show’s title; a brutal breakup with the soldier she had that operation for and moved from East Berlin to Kansas for; and a second, even more cruel breakup, this one with a teenage boy who steals her musical ideas, becomes famous and never credits or remembers her, even though she gave him his rock star name, Tommy Gnosis.

As Hedwig plays her show for us, Tommy’s AT&T Park concert (John Cameron Mitchell’s script allows room for many nods to the Bay Area) takes place simultaneously offstage. Each time an upstage door gets opened — usually by Yitzhak (Lena Hall), Hedwig’s slavish but vindictive sidekick — the lights and sound from Tommy’s much bigger show overwhelm Hedwig’s.

Save for a few well-timed outbursts, when Hedwig’s not singing, Criss keeps Hedwig’s jealousy, hurt and fury restrained, speaking in a menacing singsong that’s like the voice Robin Williams used to play Mrs. Doubtfire: a lilt ever threatening to drop into acerbic baritone.
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For all her suffering, Hedwig also is a deity, and that’s what made the musical, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1998, so pioneering: It gives a gender-queer character not just flaws, not just agency, but superpowers in the all-American language of rock ’n roll. And in this production, those superpowers are wielded by not one, but two superheroes/heroines.
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Thank you for posting that review, Joy.   applause   Nice review of Darren, Lena, and the production team.

Yes, Darren is superb! 

And this made me laugh:   "His leg muscles practically have their own leg muscles."  Razz



And thanks Lilikoiluv, for posting the fan reviews.  Glad to hear that Darren's parents were there on Opening Night to show their support.  Now, we know why Darren is so kind.  His parents are so thoughtful and caring. 

Referring back to one of my posts, about a comment from these two friend who saw Hedwig on Opening Night together.
@Poppy wrote:I thought this comment was really interesting.  I'm not sure, but I don't think she was previously a fan of Darren.  She and her friend are artists.  Her comment was very perceptive, about not meeting many actors, and that she found it interesting to meet an actor who may inhabit different characters ("interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes.  I don't meet many actors.  That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.")


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chachasikes At @kmimagine’s insistence we waited in a line to meet the cast of @hedwigonbway / and then how sweet that was because we were able to thank @darrencriss for his soulful and rockin performance as Hedwig. It’s was special and for many reasons & feels like the New Year began. Interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes. I don’t meet many actors. That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.  “try & tear me down”


Note:  Her friend who went with her to the show posted this comment on chachasikes's instagram:

kmimagine   "Admittedly jealous  of your moment.   But I think he knew you were someone special who appreciated the purity of his art form ; ) also what a gent saying hello to ALL of his fans."





Dailydarrennews posted more comments from them.  I especially like that comment from chachasikes.


kmimagine  "They had a moment which I failed to capture but @darrencriss also thinks @chachasikes is awesome ; ) #hedwigandtheangryinch @shnsf"

chachasikes  "It really was special.  I feel like the ghosts of Hedwigs-past flow through me."






Joaquin tweeted.  Was he there?





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francofinn  What an unbelievable unique show, #hedwigandtheangryinch & amazing performance by @darrencriss  Takes a great actor/singer/performer to do what he does! Bay Area's own too...another amazing show @shnsf  Deserves 2x woop woop!  #shnsf #sanfrancisco #theater





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rebekahdamaris  Last minute tickets = after party invites and @darrencriss Hedwig has fullfilled and surpassed my dreams. Always and forever love this show. #thankyou #hedwig #dream #goals #connection #ilostcoolpoints #shnsf #bae #theater #future




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Another review by a news source of the Bay Area:  The Mercury News:  "Review: Bad-ass 'Hedwig' returns with a vengeance"
 
It's a mixed review.  The good:  She approves of Darren's "wisecracking bitchiness," his skill in "tart repartee," and finds Darren to be a "legit rock singer," with "white-hot vocals,"  and "endearing."

The bad: The critic seems to disapprove of Darren's interpretation of the character of Hedwig, wanting less "youthful exuberance," "muscular bravado," and "hopefulness,"  and more world-weariness.  Interestingly, she notes it is unfair to compete with memories of John Cameron Mitchell (the book is by John, which is loosely based on his life).  She also felt that Darren is "too baby-faced" (for this reason, I wonder if she would disapprove of Andrew, although she neglected to mention Andrew's name in the list of Broadway Hedwig actors).   
 
I think this sentence is in line with her perspective (which she of course is entitled to have; there is room for different perspectives):  "Some of the songs are less spiky this time around and more upbeat, which will rankle the devotees of yore . . . "


Her perspective reminds me of an insight of a long-time Hedwig fan. 
ablurredrainbowconnection wrote:
Anonymous asked: what are your fav things about all the actors that played hedwig on broadway and how they portrayed her?

well first off, I tend to use gender neutral terms for Hedwig, since their gender identity is never made clear . . . 


So I will start out by saying that it just isn’t ever going to get better then JCM. When you are so ingrained in writing/creating/portraying a character, the character becomes a part of you. Which is not to say the JCM is Hedwig, just that there are pieces of Hedwig that are JCM. So watching JCM do Hedwig is as close it gets to Hedwig being a real person, the person they were intended to be. IF that makes any sense.

In order to talk about the other actors it comes down to two camps(neither which i think is the right answer): did you try to do JCM’s Hedwig? or did you try to do your own version of Hedwig?

Both do and don’t work. For Instance I adore Micheal Cervisis’s Hedwig, definitely one of my favorites. But it is very much an homage to JCM’s. He didnt really put his own spin on it, but that was fine because he replicated it so well.

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The other option is to interpret Hedwig as your own, and not try to be JCM( which is probably the smarter choice). I would say MCH was the one actor who kind of straddled the line between these two schools of thought. While there were moments that felt new for him, a lot of it still felt like the JCM show . . .

Then there’s the final three [of those actors who tried to do a different version of Hedwig], who all made it there own to varying degrees of effectiveness.

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Despite what appears to be unpopular opinion, Darren has been one of my fave hedwigs, and not cause he’s Darren. His Hedwig felt both emotionally real, but not like a copycat. Not to mention his voice is best suited for the score. I’ve talked a lot about why I like Darren’s Hedwig, so I wont go completely into agian: but it basically boils down to the fact that his Hedwig is really devestating- and he doesn’t shy away from it. It’s a devastating show and to honor that is really important.

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From dailydarrennews:


halfpintsimon: That one time we stood in line to talk to @darrencriss NMD. He was amazing playing the role of Hedwig @shnsf #SanFranciscoAF #hedwigandtheangryinch #shnsfhedwig







browerc82  Met the great #talent @darrencriss
 tonight at #hedwig in #sanfrancisco such an #awesome person!  Thanks for an amazing performance!  #hedwigshn #datenight







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A tweet from Mark Hobin, who is part of the Online Film Critics Society and has his own site about film reviews:





A couple of fan comments (via dailydarrennews).  Music Addict took a couple of good pics.  :happy face






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A few more comments, via @DarrenArmy:








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It seems that Darren's performance gets a lot of positive reactions :happy face

Which doesn't surprise me at all :amused

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Jeremy wrote:It seems that Darren's performance gets a lot of positive reactions

Which doesn't surprise me at all

That's so sweet of you to say that, Jeremy.  

Having seen Darren on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it's also no surprise to me that he's getting a lot of positive reactions.  It's so nice that West coast fans and people closer to the West coast (than the east coast) were given this opportunity to see him in this wonderful show.   It's also nice to see people who meet him remarking how nice he is to his fans, in terms of trying to get to everyone, and trying to connect with people at the stage door.

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Via DarrenCrissArmy


Repost # rixtraordinary  "Hey boy, take a walk on the wild side!" Darren Criss!! I absolutely loved his portrayal of Hedwig.  Can you say DREAM ROLE?!  #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #darrenchriss #lenahall #goldengatetheatre #shn  http://ift.tt/2dLbV3y

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From dailydarrennews: 

A nice review. 

San Francisco Examiner wrote:
Criss, Hall light up 'Hedwig' tour in The City

The sometimes blinding light design by Kevin Adams matches the glee of Darren Criss' performance in the title role of the show's national tour, which recently opened at the Golden Gate Theatre.

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References to The City — from the theater impresario Nederlander family, to AT&T Park and the Tenderloin, to annoying Google buses — pepper the funny, dense dialogue, expertly delivered by Criss, who did the role on Broadway, following Neil Patrick Harris’ award-winning turn.

Criss dons Hedwig’s wild wigs, glittery togs and high heels (great costumer by Arianne Phillips) with confidence, and pulls off Trask’s varied score, from the loud crunchy tunes (“Tear Me Down”) to pop (“Wig in a Box”) and ballads (“Wicked Little Town”) wonderfully backed by the bona-fide rock band, The Angry Inch: Justin Craig, Matt Duncan, Tim Mislock, Peter Yanowitz.

-San Francisco Examiner
October 7, 2016


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From dailydarrennews:

Kevin Sessums's comment is supportive of both Darren and Lena.  :happy face

Kevin Sessums is an American author and editor
October 07 2016
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"But you are now great in this."

"He's become a remarkable Hedwig."



Such high praise!  I cannot wait to see Darren in L.A. to see how he has grown.  The last time I saw him in the show on Broadway, was three weeks into his run.  I can't wait to see how much he has grown into the role!

Note:  Kevin Sessums also has seen John Cameron Mitchell in the role of Hedwig.






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# Repost jan_jon

I was able to meet Darren Criss after his electrifying/stupendous/tear-invoking performance as Hedwig tonight. Not only did he hug me, ask my name, call me a beautiful man…he also FaceTime chatted with ahen86 and said her name too! I am too amazed from the show to exist. #darrencriss #northerncalifornia #norcal #sanfran #sanfrancisco #shn #goldengatetheatre #hedwig #hedwigandtheangryinch #darrencriss
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Amazing performance. And yes, that's Darren Criss from Glee.










Curtain Call - October 7, 2016   Source 
"When you sit in the 2nd row, you're bound to get spit & sweat on by Hedwig
Epic show!! Darren Criss & Lena Hall were simply amazing!!"



Curtain Call - October 7, 2016
zeniyma  "The back of yo head is ridiculous @darrencriss.   Amazing performance.  Amazing show.  Must see #SF!#hedwigonbway #darrencriss #broadway"









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Some tweets about the October 7 show.

















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Here is a tweet from @RHS TheatreCo:









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darrencriss killed it tonight as Hedwig!! http://ift.tt/2dKjZ2s








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Hedwig with #darrencriss absolutely amazing!!!  Thank you so much #campyatc for the continuous amazing opportunities! http://ift.tt/2dWAKeC






Darren has been involved with Young Actors' Theatre Camp (YATC) for a while.    Cute little video.

           
#Repost  campyatc

darrencriss was #amazing in hedwigonbway shnsf #thankyou #awesome #amazeballs #amazeinch

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From dailydarrennews:









Tweets from after the matinee performance on October 8th, 2016
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Some more tweets:




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From dailydarrennews:


@kirakiramarie  I'll leave you all with some arm porn. If you have the chance please go and see #DarrenIsHedwig! It's phenomenal. Darren is a star!






Some more tweets about yesterday's shows (click on the date to see the source):

From the same person above.



More tweets:





















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I think this is from yesterday's show (10/8/16).

From @DarrenArmy


@meat  that time @donut_binge and I got to meet the inimitable @DarrenCriss after a stellar Hedwig performance

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From dailydarrennews:


Nice pic, Darren!  :happy face


@GodHatesMarge @DarrenCriss thank you for such an amazing show and being such an incredible, beautiful, and inspiring person #HedwigSHN  heart
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So this happened. And it was basically a dream come true. Fantastic show, incredible cast, and an unbelievably perfect way to finish celebrating my birthday #hedwigandtheangryinch #shn

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A couple of tweets:


For one of the 10/8/16 shows:





I think this was for the Sunday (10/9/16) matinee show.










From the BroadwayWorld Message Board about the tour:

This person (A Canadian in NYC)  had seen Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.  The name is familiar to me ( I had read posts on the BWW message board, about Darren in Hedwig on Broadway), and I remember this person previously had some negative things to say about Darren's performance.   Anyway, he/she wrote this recently regarding Darren in the Hedwig tour.

A Canadian in NYC wrote:In the performance I saw, he was very weak and pitchy with the ballads.   Great with the hard rock and his Tommy was pretty close to the best (no-one beats JCM).  I won't be seeing him this time around, but great casting for San Fran and LA.  He'll draw the crowds out no problem - and have a TON of fun with his San Fran patrons I'm sure!

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The thread of "Darren Criss to lead Hedwig tour"



And then, he/she saw Darren in the Sunday matinee show yesterday (10/9/16) in SF, and said this:

A Canadian in NYC wrote:Well I just got out of the matinee show and I wanted to write this before I see Lena tonight because I really do have to give Darren some love. I've been hard on him and his performance in past posts because I honestly thought he didn't rise to the standard. When I saw him at the Belasco his acting was great. When he sang the rock songs he did it well; but I faulted him on the ballads. IMO he was pitchy and breathless.  So I was disappointed. 

Well hello Mr Criss and what have you been up to??? Because he was AMAZING today. I don't know what he's done and a part of me thinks maybe the heat is on with Lena starring with him. They have great chemistry. Whatever the reason he really was amazing. He's totally owning the role. Changing up the songs just enough to make it his own. His ballads were strong and emotional. I was so impressed. And I'm happy for him. To perform so strongly in his home town - kudos all around. 

He has catapulted up to be my fave Hedwig at the moment... we will see what Lena has in store in a couple of hours! 

The set is modest but works really well. They do a lot with the lights.  I actually preferred it to Belasco. 

Managed to dish out some digs to Donald. Well done. Also the Blue Angels are in town for fleet week. Hedwig noted " I blew angels before; they were never that loud"

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Posted 10/9/16
In the thread, "HEDWIG TOUR"


Note:  He/she also wrote a post highly praising Lena's evening performance on Sunday.   I have read a few comments about her performance last night , and it sounds like many of the people in attendance were fans of her (with one person commenting that for the performance she saw with Darren, it was a relatively quiet crowd that seemed to be people who were not familiar with the show, but who patronized SHN Golden Gate Theatre).   The person above (A Canadian in NYC) said that in part because of the adoring audience, Lena's performance felt like a party, a celebration of her playing the lead role of Hedwig well, a role that she had expressed wanting to play for a while.  Because she is playing a relatively small number of shows, eight (versus Darren's 50 or so shows on the tour), it's more likely that her shows will be more concentrated with her fans, and that fans of Darren will be spread more thinly over his larger number of shows.   For Hedwig and the Angry Inch, audience interaction/enthusiasm is so crucial.  (For those Darren fans seeing him in this tour, be sure to try to help him out by being interactive when the rest of the audience is quiet.)

I think for Lena, there will be several reasons why I am sure she will win rave reviews (both from the media and fan-based):   Because she had won a Tony for the role of Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway (and thus she is highly respected by both the media and Hedwig fans for such a great achievement); because she is beloved by Hedwig fans/Hedheads for having been a talented and constant presence for a year in the Hedwig family on Broadway (longer than any of the male actors who played Hedwig, except for John's presence in the Hedwig family); because she is one of the few women to play the lead role of Hedwig (I think only the second woman, after Ally Sheedy); because for the first time in this show's history, one actor is playing both the  role of Hedwig and Yitzhak in the same production; and of course, because her voice is most likely the most trained voice of all the actors who played Hedwig on Broadway, with a large range and great power (as for actors who played Yitzhak, I have to say Rebecca is truly impressive too).  I am sure her dramatic scenes are good as well, although I have not had the privilege of seeing her in the show (but I have a Hedwig friend who adores and reveres her).   To keep things in perspective as a fan of Darren, Darren continues to get wonderful comments from audience members, as well as good reviews in this tour, just as he did on Broadway.  If anything, he sounds like he has fine-tuned his performance, if one is to take the word of this person (A Canadian in NYC) who had mixed feelings about Darren after having seen him on Broadway, yet after seeing Darren in this tour, now reveres Darren's performance to the degree that he is near the top of this person's list of favorite Hedwig actors.

Sorry for being long-winded.  I just wanted to comment that this situation of having two different actors play the lead character in the same time period does feel unusual.  However, I am going to just enjoy the praise that Darren receives from media and from the audience, as well as enjoy how much Darren is relishing being able to play his dream role just a little longer.  :happy face  As for Lena, she is so talented and I am sure that the praise that she receives is well-deserved.  I am glad for her that she has the opportunity to shine in this role, like the men who played this iconic character on Broadway.



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From dailydarrennews:

A review:

Vmedia wrote:
October 7, 2016

HEDHEADS ARE IN BLISS, DARREN CRISS AND LENA HALL ARE ELECTRIC IN THE ROCK MUSICAL OF THE DECADE.

Criss’s pitch perfect performance is a revelation and the opening night the sold out audience was jumping and whooping, shouting out the lyrics to the songs.

[. . . ]

The intensely charismatic Hedwig, and Criss fits the bill and more as the self-obsessed, spiteful, and gleefully punning anti- hero who proves herself heroic after all soldiering on through disappointment after disappointment. Criss’ story telling of Hedwig’s life is sincere and he captures that moment of childhood dreams as he shoves his head into his mother's oven.

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Unlike the movie version, the live version succeeds as a very loud rock concert cabaret act, performed by a single character whose songs tell the story of his life. It’s a show containing a narrative, and personality, angst and passion that Criss is excellent at creating.

[ . . .]

“Wicked Little Town” shows off Criss’ tenor voice and his passion for this role of the lost hurt and bitchy Hedwig . . . Given a younger energy by a performer who has the voice, the talent, the glamor, and the dazzle the role demands. Her tragedy and triumph is iconic and this adds up to a brilliant treat for Hedwig fans.

Note:  The Vmedia site changed the title of the article for some reason, so I did as well.

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A few more tweets:





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From dailydarrennews:



Yesterday's show (Tueday, 10/11/16)

Stage Door - October 11, 2016
eggomyknego    I’m dead. Just met Darren Criss!! Phenomenal performance as Hedwig!!!! #kriscriss #hedwigandtheangryinch







@JustinMendoza: My blurry selfie w/ the one & only, @DarrenCriss. He delivered an outstanding performance in #HedwigAndTheAngryInch






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This is such a cute pic. 

iclemyer_darren   Thankyou @DarrenCriss! Truly the nicest, most pleasant, patient human heart Such a pleasure to see you as Hedwig! Thanks for making my trip 

Travelling from Scotland to SF… I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Darren 3 more times as Hedwig, and he did not disappoint!

@DarrenCriss you continue to amaze me  :heart eyes And if its even possible, you’ve excelled yourself! I can’t tell you how much I love this show! And, I don’t think I can thank you enough for introducing me to it #DarrenIsHedwig




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Note:  Jery R (@theactorvista) is an actor.  He explained he drunk-tweeted and thus misspelled Darren's name.  :amused



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From DarrenCrissArmy



# Repost rseligstein   #hedwigandtheangryinch at #shngoldengatetheatre totally rocked it out last night. #darrencriss and #lenarockerhall were fantastic! Definitely one of the more interesting musicals I have seen. Great show!! http://ift.tt/2e6OBPG




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Another glorious Hedwig performance!  (at Golden Gate Theatre)



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From dailydarrennews:




brieface   
An amazing show. I was in the front row and it was so epic. Highly recommend seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch if you get a chance.











NatashaNieva: The best day of my life @DarrenCriss thank you for being so amazing! You never fail to put on a phenomenal show. @HedwigOnBway


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This same person also posted another nice message (with the same two pics, above).

angelnieva  I watched Darren in New York, roughly a year ago (as Hedwig), and I cannot explain how incredible of a performance this man has put on both times. To the tears, laughs, and me literally jumping out of my seat from excitement, I have never witnessed such stellar presentation. From his outstanding vocals, acting, and the way he just comes alive on that stage, I have done nothing but idolize him from the very start. Thanks to my mom, I couldn’t be happier for having this opportunity to finally speak to the man, who has always given me reason to follow my passion. I love you so much #darrencriss thank you for being absolutely amazing!  heart you were magnificent
(via DarrenCrissArmy)



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