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The Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tour in SF and L.A. (Promotion, Pre-Performances & Miscellaneous Information)

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So sorry for the double post, but . . . 

Someone is selling their SECOND ROW CENTER orchestra ticket  for the same day I will be seeing it! And she must have bought her ticket early because it is not the hiked-up $212 central orchestra prices they now have; hers is just $115.  My tickets are not bad (off to the left side, Row D), but SECOND ROW CENTER! Help me people…talk me back from the ledge that will have me abandoning my wonderful husband for the performance, because I'm like . . .






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@Lilikoiluv wrote:Someone is selling their SECOND ROW CENTER orchestra ticket  for the same day I will be seeing it! And she must have bought her ticket early because it is not the hiked-up $212 central orchestra prices they now have; hers is just $115.  My tickets are not bad (off to the left side, Row D), but SECOND ROW CENTER! Help me people…talk me back from the ledge that will have me abandoning my wonderful husband for the performance, because I'm like . . .




Um, I think Darren and Stephen said it all, Lilikoiluv.  I mean, how often does one get a chance to see him up soooo close.   I saw him six rows from the stage on Broadway in an aisle seat (of Center Orchestra, to the right end of Center Orchestra) and it was fantastic to see his facial expressions so close.  But SECOND row!!!  It's too hard to beat that.   (Sorry, hubbie.)   And I'm sure you can sell your ticket.


Welcome back from your trip, btw, Lilikoiluv!    So nice to hear you had a wonderful time! 

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I've been trying to keep my hopes and theorizing regarding his comment about 2017, but Darren never lets things lip like that unless things are pretty much a done deal, so I'm excited! 
And YES! to everything you mentioned above, Poppy! No EP for me though, I desperately need want him to release a full album! I'll also continue to hope that he'll have the opportunity to workshop a new dramatic play that makes it way to Broadway. I'll also take a new comedy or musical too, but I think he would so relish the challenge of a dramatic play role. *crosses fingers for any and all of these to happen*


Yes!  I've been trying to keep my hopes in check, but like you said, it is unusual for Darren to let things like that slip.  And combine that with Tim Davis being given the ok, to post an instagram (on August 24) about working with Darren on a project, AND additionally, looking at Darren's recent haircut videos (which as Lin pointed out, seems to indicate something relevant is about to happen, given that he chose the same day of the month--September 18--as the haircut photos for Glee six years ago), . . .  well, it just sounds like something is up.

haha!  Ok, Lilikoiluv, no EP for you.  :amused   I prefer a full album too (but I'll take an EP too, or even a single).  

Oh yes!   I would be so happy if Darren workshopped a dramatic play too!  I think if Darren brought one of his own theater pieces to Broadway, or off-Broadway, whether it is a musical or a dramatic play (or a comedy), as long as it originated from him, I would be so happy.  But at the same time, I agree, I am really interested in seeing him in a dramatic play, since except for White Rabbit Red Rabbit, he hasn't done that yet. 

And even if he didn't workshop his own project, but is cast in an original theater production and not as a replacement (prefer a play, but a musical would be good too), I'll be very happy.  Having his own project being workshopped would be even better!


@Lilikoiluv wrote:Have I mentioned that I'm trying to keep my excitement, hopes, and theorizing in check?  

haha!   It's hard not to get our hopes up high, isn't it?    But it really does seem as if Darren is breaking away from  his modus operandi, which usually is to be silent, until an announcement happens at the last minute (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl).   Instead, he's giving little spoilers to his fans.  :happy face



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Lilikoiluv, another benefit of sitting up close, beside being able to see all of Darren's wonderful facial expressions, is that Darren has been noted (by fans) as making eye contact with certain audience members.  I really do think he looks for a friendly face or an engaged audience member to focus on.  (I could be imagining it, but I thought he made eye contact with me at the time I saw him on Broadway.) 

Let us know what you decide!

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





From dailydarrennews:

Ohhh, Hedwig prep!  applause  Is that his foot, with the green socks?

Via Darren’s Snapchat - September 24, 2016
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Thanks for the update, Michael Mayer!  :big grin





And Darren has his Hedwig nail polish back on!   :happy face   thumbs up


Global Citizen Festival - September 24, 2016 | Source
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Hedwig, California-style!  :amused 


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steven_perfidia: And now I’m comin for you .
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tour !! San Francisco here I come…
September 25 2016
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A great way of supporting HRC on October 4, through Hedwig and the Angry Inch.



hrcsf: Don’t forget that October 4th is HRC Night with @shnsf at the Golden Gate Theatre! Be sure to use promo code: HRC1 $10 of proceeds will go towards fighting for equality and fairness!  heart heart #Equality #Theatre #Hedwig #darrencriss #LGBTQ #Lesbian #Gay #Bisexual #Transgender #Queer heart heart
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September 27       Special event for SHN Members, a conversation with Darren, Lena Hall and Stephen Trask at the Orpheum Theatre.  7-8 pm.  Log into SHN Account




October 2-30       Hedwig & the Angry Inch. SF:   Tickets




October 19              Interview at St. Ignatius.  7 pm. RSVP.  Tickets




November 1-27    Hedwig & the Angry Inch.  L.A.:    Tickets






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Very nice article in the Mercury News.  I really enjoyed hearing from Darren's theater mentors when he was growing up in SF.   I also loved reading how much it meant to Darren to be able to share this experience of playing his dream role of Hedwig with his mentors and his friends and family in his hometown.  Before reading this article, I wasn't sure when Darren started with ACT.  I learned he started at age 9 and he was involved with them for nine years.

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The Mercury News wrote:
Stoked Bay Area native Darren Criss brings 'Hedwig' to hometown crowd

When Darren Criss was 14, he used to sneak down to the basement of his family’s San Francisco house to watch the 2001 cult classic flick “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” with his brother. He always felt like a delinquent, terrified of what his mom would think if she caught him getting his glam on with this tale of a transgender rock diva.

Now, the actor who cut his teeth at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater before having a breakthrough as Blaine on the hit Fox show  “Glee,” is returning to the Bay Area to put his own stamp on Hedwig, the “internationally ignored song stylist.”

Criss launches the national tour of the Tony-winning Broadway revival, stepping into the stilettos previously filled by stars such as Neil Patrick Harris and Taye Diggs. The 29-year-old, who has long considered himself a hardcore Hed-head, will share the stage with another San Francisco native, Lena Hall, who nabbed a Tony for her turn as Yitzhak on Broadway. “Hedwig” rages Oct. 2-30 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre as part of the SHN Broadway series.

“As a fan, it’s so cool for me to get to be part of the ‘Hedwig’ tribe,” says the down-to-earth Criss, during a break in rehearsals, “It’s so badass to be part of this crew. It’s been a total joy for me. And now I get to share this experience with everyone I grew up with and my mentors. It’s a full circle moment, for sure, a homecoming.”

The Emmy-nominated actor/songwriter may be best known as a TV “it boy” for “Glee” but he’s been a theater geek since he was 9. That’s when he started at ACT’s Young Conservatory, where he honed his craft for nine years, before going on to star in musicals at 42nd Street Moon. It was the origin of his love for the stage.

“The Young Conservatory was a big part of my life,” he says. “I grew up there.”

From the start, he took the theater seriously, learning everything he could about digging deep into a role, paying your dues as part of a repertory and not getting distracted by the vagaries of celebrity.

“Even as a very young boy, he possessed an extraordinary imagination, significant musical gifts, transformational acting talent and a very bright light behind the eye,” says Craig Slaight, director of ACT’s Young Conservatory. “He compelled attention. And his abundant joy from all of the work was contagious. As he grew, all of this sharpened and deepened.”

Hedwig has been the role of a lifetime for Criss, who got his degree in theater at the University of Michigan. His favorite number from this habit-inducing score remains “The Long Grift” although it’s not even one of his songs.

“Not to sound too pretentious, but this is like Hamlet or Mama Rose, once you play this role, it stays with you forever,” says Criss. “The trick is to capture the universality of Hedwig, to get the audience to see past the makeup to the hurt inside.”

“Hedwig” is the sort of show that throws genre out the window. It’s a hard-driving alt-rock jam that traces the story of a young gay man in 1980s East Germany who is desperate to get over the wall. He ends up getting a botched sex change operation in order to marry an African American GI and escape to the West. The GI doesn’t last but the “angry inch” is his forever. A musical for people loathe musicals, “Hedwig” demands equal parts glam rock star and gritty character actor.


The gender fluid rock goddess is just the kind of role Criss yearned for. Aware that he might get pigeonholed as a teen heartthrob after “Glee,” Criss is trying to reach out for roles that push his boundaries as an actor. On Broadway, he’s starred in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as well as “Hedwig.”

“I never wanted to be a star, I’ve always just wanted to work, to be a working actor, and this has been a dream role for me,” says Criss, “It’s almost operatic, almost Shakespearean but there’s also this (expletive) great rock music. It’s such a blast.”


“Hedwig” creator and original star John Cameron Mitchell has given Criss his seal of approval, dubbing him “the sweetest, hippest straight queer boy on the block.”

That meant the world to Criss who considers Mitchell “the ultimate Hedwig, now and forever.” Indeed, he was tentative about taking over the Farrah hair at first but as he watched other actors play the part, he realized it was a honor “to be part of that passing of the torch.”

Indeed, Slaight, who has been a Hedwig fan since Mitchell first started riffing the character at parties in NYC, says Criss has the fishnet diva in his bones.

“Darren is the most transformable and thrilling of all the Hedwigs I’ve seen,” says Slaight. “He brings enormous vocal dynamics from rock to ballad, unique and deeply resonant character choices, much heart and extraordinary humor.”

“He just simply has star quality,” agrees Greg MacKellan, co-founder of 42nd Street Moon, “It’s why he took off so quickly on ‘Glee, and why he’s continued to shine in his other performances. Although he has impressive training, you can’t learn star quality.”

Getting to take the wig out of the box in his hometown is the uber fanboy experience.

“This city knows and loves ‘Hedwig’ all too well,” he says, “Once I knew they were going to bring it to San Francisco, I knew it had to be me.”

Contact Karen D’Souza at kdsouza@bayareanewsgroup.com. Read her at www.mercurynews.com/author/karen-dsouza/ and follow her at Twitter.com/karendsouza4


September 27, 2016
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‘HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH’
By John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, presented by SHN
When: Sunday through Oct. 30
Where: Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco
Tickets: $45-$212; 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com










I love these quotes in particular:

From Craig Slaight, the director of ACT's Young Conservatory:
Craig Slaight wrote:"Even as a very young boy, he possessed an extraordinary imagination, significant musical gifts, transformational acting talent and a very bright light behind the eye,” says Craig Slaight, director of ACT’s Young Conservatory. “He compelled attention. And his abundant joy from all of the work was contagious. As he grew, all of this sharpened and deepened.”

"He compelled attention."   "And his abundant joy from all of the work was contagious."  Yup, I agree with you, Craig.



From Greg MacKellan, co-founder of 42nd Street Moon:
Greg MacKellan wrote:
“He just simply has star quality,” agrees Greg MacKellan, co-founder of 42nd Street Moon, “It’s why he took off so quickly on ‘Glee, and why he’s continued to shine in his other performances. Although he has impressive training, you can’t learn star quality.”



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Hope we get some news tonight from the SHN event.  :fingers crossed   :happy face

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Wow!  I am so happy to see so many pics and even youtube videos of tonight!  We are so lucky.  Ha!  It made me laugh when Lena was surprised to see a sea of cell phones being held up to tape them (welcome to Darren Criss's social media-happy fans).   And awww.   What Stephen said at the beginning of the first video (Sugar Daddy)  when he talked so highly of Darren and that he asked Darren at Neil Patrick Harris's first night.  :cry



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Darren sounds really good.  And I love the 3-part harmonies between Darren, Lena and Stephen.  So special.

Darren Criss, Stephen Trask and Lena Hall performing Sugar Daddy
September 28 2016




Darren Criss, Stephen Trask and Lena Hall performing Midnight Radio
September 28 2016






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Midnight Radio at SHN Coversation with Stephen Trask, Lena Hall, and Darren Criss
September 28 2016   (Source)






September 27 2016
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@shnsf .@stephentrask @LenaRockerHall & @DarrenCriss an acoustic “Sugar Daddy” & “Midnight Radio” from @HedwigOnBway!  #HedwigSHN
September 27 2016
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@scottkaneSF .@LenaRockerHall @DarrenCriss @stephentrask from @HedwigOnBway absolutely killed acoustically on the @shnsf stage tonight. #Hedwig
September 28 2016
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  Amazing getting to hear @DarrenCriss @LenaRockerHall @stephentrask perform some @HedwigOnBway tonight! Can’t wait to see the show! @shnsf
September 27 2016
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via SHN’s Snapchat on September 27th, 2016
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fionnapple @therealadamsavage +@darrencriss + @lenarockerhall +@stephentrask = too much fun! thanks for this, @shnsf! #hedwigshn
September 27 2016
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Darren Criss with Lena Hall & Stephen Trask at In Conversation event on September 27th, 2016 [x/x/x/x]
September 28 2016
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Darren Criss with Lena Hall & Stephen Trask at In Conversation event on September 27th, 2016 [x|x]
September 28 2016
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From dailydarrennews:

More pics from tonight's SHN event.  :happy face




@shnsf .@HedwigOnBway’s @darrencriss @stephentrask & @lenarockerhall have arrived at the SHN Orpheum Theatre!   #HedwigSHN

@TitsofClay It’s backstage at the Orpheum @DarrenCriss @stephentrask @LenaRockerHall @InXanadu Is that Davis Binder?
September 27 2016
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ha!  :big grin










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From dailydarrennews:





@bamitslily: I guess I’m a paparazzi now. @DarrenCriss #HedwigSHN

charuki: Oh hello Darren! #hedwig #hedwigandtheangryinch #darrencriss #glee #soskinnyinperson #fanboying #celebritysighting
September 28 2016



You can see how slender Darren looks in these pics.  He really watched his weight for these performances.

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From dailydarrennews:
Stephen Trask wrote:

Darren’s really good which is the reason why I asked him after Neil’s first night ‘Would you come and do [Hedwig] and 'cause I couldn’t think of anybody else.


 - Stephen Trask at ‘Hedwig In Conversation’ on September 27th, 2016







In the video, you hear more clearly the dialogue between them at the beginning of the video.  At around point 0:45, you hear Stephen say the above quote about Darren.  




I came across the below quote (from February 2015) from the Wall Street Journal.  David Binder is in one of the photos with Darren, Stephen and Lena (above).

The Wall Street Journal wrote:
The casting of Mr. [Darren] Criss is interesting — he’s a lesser-known star than his predecessors, who include Neil Patrick Harris and Michael C. Hall. But producer David Binder says Mr. Criss, who attended the very first preview of “Hedwig” and saw each subsequent Hedwig (there have been four so far) was always a consideration for the role.

“We’ve been talking to him about this since day one,” says Mr. Binder.

— The Wallstreet Journal (x)
February 17, 2015
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From dailydarrennews:


Some more great videos:


Beautiful close up!!!

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I was fortunate enough to get tickets to SHN In Conversation with Darren Criss, Lena Hall and Hedwig co-creator, Stephen Trask. I thought it was just going to be a talk, but they treated us to this acoustic “crusty nugget” performance of Sugar Daddy. We weren’t supposed to record, but Adam Savage (the moderator) told everyone to get their phones out for this SO HOW COULD I NOT COMPLY :big grin
September 28 2016   (Source)
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Lena Hall, Darren Criss, Stephen Trask singing Sugar Daddy from the Hedwig in Conversation in San Francisco on September 27, 2016.
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Lena Hall, Darren Criss, Stephen Trask singing Midnight Radio at the Hedwig in Conversation in San Francisco on September 27, 2016.
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Nice pics!

















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Darren Criss, Lena Hall, and Stephen Trask at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, September 28, 2016 - Hedwig in Conversation.
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From DarrenCrissArmy

It's getting close!  


# Repost lenarockerhall

And here we go!!! First day of tech! #yitzogram #hedwigram #hedwigonbway #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigonbroadway #hedwigontour #titsofclay #hedwigonbway http://ift.tt/2cWodCI





How exciting!  applause

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From @DarrenArmy

SHN posted a video! 








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From DarrenCrissArmy


:amused

# Repost @hedwigonbway
Hey, Sugar Daddy, Hansel needs some sugar in his bowl… http://ift.tt/2daSVLq






I don't know if this was posted before.  Nice article about Darren.  There's some new info in there; it seems Darren actually spoke to the writer on the phone.  It's cute that Darren's mom was missing Hedwig.  It does sound as if he would have been in the role of Hedwig at an earlier stage, if he was not still with Glee.   What's very interesting to me, is that it sounds like SF and L.A. shows are going have some changes tweaked from the Broadway show, in terms of how Darren will perform.  Can't wait to see it!  Lilikoiluv will be the first to see it!  

The Bay Area Reporter wrote:
Darren Criss comes full circle

When Darren Criss was starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, he could hear his parents in the audience laughing at one risque joke or another. "And I'd be, like, guys, what I just said was terrible. You should be scolding me." His parents may be "a little bit old-fashioned," but after his run as the transgendered rocker had ended, "My mom was always telling me, 'I miss Hedwig. I miss Hedwig.' Had you told my 16-year-old self that my mom would be anticipating the next time I got to do this character in this movie I was watching in the basement, I'd say you're crazy."

Starting Oct. 2, Criss' mother will get her wish, and she'll only have to travel across town to the Golden Gate Theatre, rather than across the continent. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is beginning its post-Broadway tour in his hometown, and Criss made sure that he would be part of it as soon as he got wind of it. He'll play Hedwig in San Francisco and then Los Angeles before it travels on with another actor as its star.

"The thought of someone else doing it in San Francisco just seemed so wrong," Criss said by phone from New York, where he was in rehearsals for the upcoming run. "By the time my run on Broadway was over, I just didn't feel done with the role, and the fact that I get to resurrect it in my hometown is a very poetic way to finally put the heels aside. It's a full-circle moment for me."

Criss got his start on San Francisco stages before he had even reached his teen years, including three musicals with 42nd Street Moon. "It was my first interaction with any kind of professional theater," he said, "and I think it made me grow up faster than a lot of my peers because I was at the theater with 30somethings, and staying out late, and going with them to a diner after rehearsals."

In those days, he was playing urchins, orphans and babes on Broadway, and he would become the youngest of the six actors to play Hedwig on Broadway during its recent run. He began lobbying to play Hedwig from the moment he heard that the John Cameron Mitchell-Stephen Trask musical was headed to Broadway in 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris as its star. "I did everything in my power to do it, and I mean everything," he said. "In fact, it would have been sooner had I not been shooting Glee ."

The role of the "internationally ignored song stylist" from East Germany, "a slip of a girlyboy" before a botched sex-change operation, was quite a leap from his role as a schoolboy on Glee. He joined the cast of the hit show in its second season as the wholesomely gay Blaine Anderson, who became the love interest of another gay glee-clubber in a storyline that led to their marriage by the time the series ended in 2015.

Glee instantly sent his career into orbit, and earned him special attention in the gay community. He "came out" as straight in 2011 because, he told Out magazine, "I think it's more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I'm articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character."

In Hedwig, he's playing a character of indefinable sexuality who arrives on stage looking like a woman and makes a final exit as a man. In-between, the audience learns her story during a concert, as the musical moves between monologues and glam-rock songs. Hedwig shares the stage with her husband and backup singer, Yitzhak, a former drag queen whom she both depends on and abuses. Lena Hall, another San Francisco native, won a Tony Award for her performance as Yitzhak. She had left the Broadway production by the time Criss joined it, but she's returning to the show for the SF and LA runs.

"We both kind of lean to the rock-n-roll sides of our singing," Criss said, "so to be able to put those two things together is fun, and it makes it something new for both of us. She worked with a lot of different actors as Hedwig, so now she's kind of reconfiguring her muscle memory to what I do." Hall will also play Hedwig at one performance a week, with an understudy taking her place as Yitzhak.


"The cool thing about doing the show on tour is that we've had a year-and-a-half to reconsider a lot of things that were locked in on Broadway," he said. "After notes today, I said, 'How come you never said that to me the last time, because I would have played it completely differently?' And it was, like, oh yeah, at the time we were just trying to get you into the show. I was taking from the hodgepodge of the actors who had come before me, but now we've all had a clean reset."

Not that Criss didn't feel like he made the role his own on Broadway. "I never felt like I was doing someone else's show. There were plenty of moments that were definitely unique to me. The role has been added to and taken away from by all the people who have done Hedwig, and it's fun to be part of that small club."

When Criss first joined the Broadway company, a joke was inserted that acknowledged that he was a younger Hedwig than his predecessors. "It never got any response," said the 29-year-old actor. "The people were, like, why did you take me out of the story? It was jarring. Whatever the age of the actor, Hedwig comes on full force and you're transported into her story. It's the kind of part that just possesses whoever's playing it."

Hedwig and the Angry Inch will run Oct. 2-30 at the Golden Gate Theatre. Tickets are $55-$212. Call (888) 746-1799 or go to shnsf.com.

The Bay Area Reporter
Richard Dodds
September 29, 2016



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I'm just loving all of the photos and articles we are getting as we get closer to the tour's opening night! Seeing the makeup table with the glue stick and all actually made me eek out loud! lol. And Darren's Hedwig nails are back! I'm also enjoying the little background/BTS tidbits that we are getting. Thank you for posting them all, Poppy!  bow to you

I'm so glad we also are getting some great pics and videos from the conversation with Stephen, Lena, and Darren.  What an incredible event for those that got to attend! 

The @shnf twitter had tweeted that they had taken HD video of the event and that we would love it, and true to their word, they're starting to post them on youtube!  So far, they have the trio singing and all of the bantering before and after. That little quote from Stephen about Darren at the beginning is priceless.  I love how they are loving and enjoying singing together here. The video is close-up and the audio is so clear:

Here's hoping that they'll post the entire conversation portion of the event too!   :fingers crossed

Thank you also, Poppy, for your support during my second row Hedwig ticket dilemma--although you were supposed to talk be away from the ledge, no push me over!  :amused

I decided not to get the ticket though.  One of the things I was looking foward to (besides, you know, DARREN...and HEDWIG...and DARREN) was enjoying the show with my husband.  He doesn't know much about it, and I know that he's going to be blown away!

Coincidentally, St. Ignatius' "An Evening with Darren Criss '05" is happening in the evening of the same day.  Thanks so the fantastic DDN reporting, we've gotten tickets to attend that event too!  

I can't believe that after a little over seven years I will finally get to experience Darren performing live--as Hedwig no less! EEK! Plus, we'll also get to enjoy his chat at his alma mater that evening! Double EEK! I am just beside myself with the excitement and anticipation of it all!  excited

Edited to add:   :I made a mistake Oops, it takes my computer a bit to load up all of the pics and videos in these threads, and I now see that the ever-efficient Poppy has already posted this same video above. My apologies for the double post! Embarassed


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Hi Lilikoiluv!

I'm enjoying all the photos, articles and behind-the-scenes moments too (love that pic of the makeup table)!   It's so exciting.  Lena Hall is very good about social media, so she's helping getting people excited.  :happy face  Darren posted his "Hedwig eyes" on his Facebook too.   And thank you for posting all your wonderful posts too, Joy!   heart  I appreciate it!

I am loving that the blue Hedwig nail polish is back!

That SHN event was such a wonderful idea, wasn't it?   Loved the videos of the performances of the two songs.  (Too bad it wasn't open to the pubic, but I guess that would defeat the purpose of a special event rewarding its members.)    It was especially lovely to hear Stephen Trask harmonizing with Darren and Lena. Great video posted by SHN, like you said, really good quality.  And aw.  Yes, that little comment from Stephen Trask about Darren was touching.   He has been so supportive of Darren.  And yes, I really would love to see the conversation between the three!  Cross our fingers, like you said, that they post  a video!

haha!  Sorry for trying to drag you over the ledge, Lilikoiluv, in terms of that Hedwig ticket.  I'm no help in these kinds of things.  :amused   Thank goodness you stayed strong.    You will have a beautiful evening with your husband, with both of you enjoying Darren's performances together!   Maybe he'll even get carwashed . . . :big grin  One can only hope.

@Lilikoiluv wrote:Coincidentally, St. Ignatius' "An Evening with Darren Criss '05" is happening in the evening of the same day.  Thanks so the fantastic DDN reporting, we've gotten tickets to attend that event too!  

I can't believe that after a little over seven years I will finally get to experience Darren performing live--as Hedwig no less! EEK! Plus, we'll also get to enjoy his chat at his alma mater that evening! Double EEK! I am just beside myself with the excitement and anticipation of it all! 

OMGOMGOMG!  Lilikoiluv, it's so wonderful that you are going to that St. Ignatius event!!!  :bravo   :very happy Thank goodness for the wonderful folks of DDN, who reported it so early!!!  Ah, that's gonna be a great event to attend!  How often do we see Darren back at  his old school, being interviewed by one of his favorites persons?!     (Bonus that St. Ignatius supposedly has some resemblance to Dalton Academy.)     I really would have loved to attend too.  This is an event where something similiar to it may never happen again.  It is  going to be very special.  Lilikoiluv, I am so happy for you (and somewhat envious too Razz ).    I hope you will share with us your experience.    Congrats, Lilikoiluv!  clapping hands   Well done!


(ha!  No worries, about that video.  I do that all the time.  I just really appreciate your being on top of things and bringing it  here to share with us.  Thank you, Lilikoiluv, for supporting this little forum. :hug )

And also thank you to Lin, dusty, and Jeremy for coming here and posting your comments too.  I really do appreciate all your support.

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I (and anyone else who wants to) will be posting here until Hedwig performances start on Sunday (October 2), and then after that I'll be posting in one or more of the other 4 threads for the SF and L.A. tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 


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So many wigs!


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ariannephillips: wigging out with @pott28 #dressrehearsals #hedwigandtheangryinch #reunited #hedwigfamily @hedwigonbway
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I don't have a lot of time for posting at the moment, but
@Lilikoiluv wrote:Here's hoping that they'll post the entire conversation portion of the event too!    :fingers crossed
I saw that you got us confirmation on Twitter, well done! applause


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@Lin wrote:I saw that you got us confirmation on Twitter, well done! 

lol. Yes, I have no pride and asked SHN if they would be posting the conversation portion of the evening, and they tweeted back, "Yes. Stay tuned . . . "  I'm so looking forward to hearing those three chat about Hedwig. What an incredible opportunity that was!  They seemed to have had a running "shower" joke after Darren's slip in "showering praise" on Stephen, so that should be fun to watch too.  :amused 


I realize that it's good publicity for them too, but I'm thankful to SHN for recording the event in HD and sharing it with fans.

@Poppy wrote: Maybe he'll even get carwashed . . .   One can only hope.
laugh until you cry Don't get my hopes up, Poppy!  If they keep the staging similar to the Belasco's we'll be in the correct area, but I bit too far from the aisle, I'm afraid.  lol.

And thank you for sharing in my excitement, Poppy.  :hug


Saw this piece of nostalgia come across my tumblr dash: 

ariannephillips: throwing back to my first meeting with @darrencriss for @hedwigonbway at my house trying on his bespoke HEDWIG boots #hedwigandtheangryinch #costume #tbt #ariannearchive #darrencriss

I love how Darren's t-shirt choice back then unknowingly foreshadowed future Hedwig events. :big grin


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@Lilikoiluv wrote: lol. Yes, I have no pride and asked SHN if they would be posting the conversation portion of the evening, and they tweeted back, "Yes. Stay tuned . . . "  I'm so looking forward to hearing those three chat about Hedwig. What an incredible opportunity that was!  They seemed to have had a running "shower" joke after Darren's slip in "showering praise" on Stephen, so that should be fun to watch too.  

I realize that it's good publicity for them too, but I'm thankful to SHN for recording the event in HD and sharing it with fans.

Yea Lilikoiluv!!  Thank you for doing that!   bow to you   :bravo   Now, we have the video of the conversation from SHN!    Still haven't had a chance to listen to all of the conversation, but am eager to listen to it tonight!   And yes, what a wonderful thing for SHN to share this with fans, what a great opportunity to listen to the thoughts of these two actors about this wonderful show, and what a luxury to be able to listen to the thoughts of one of the co-creator's!

Love that pic of Darren with the SF shirt, Lilikoiluv!   Darren just knew in his sub-conscious that the tour would be in SF and he would be in it!  :amused

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@Poppy wrote:I (and anyone else who wants to) will be posting here until Hedwig performances start on Sunday (October 2), and then after that I'll be posting in one or more of the other 4 threads for the SF and L.A. tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 
That sounds like a great plan, Poppy!  

Things are really ramping up toward Sunday's premiere (is that the correct term?) of the"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" National Tour!  More pics:  

I dunno why, but seeing Darren's nailpolished fingers just gets to me: 

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I love Lena Hall and her generous posting of pics and such.  She's  hugely talented and loves the show so much. She's going to be an incredible Hedwig: 

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DDN has a short audio of Darren rehearsing "Angry Inch" (sorry, I dunno how to post that here), and he sounds great! 

And SHN has put up their HD video the entire evening.

What an entertaining and interesting event!  Seeing these Stephen, Lena, and Darren together to talk about Hedwig was such a gift.  Their love, camaraderie, talent are lovely to see and hear.  :love

TodayTIX will be offering $40 rush tickets or Hedwig: 


Here's an extended version of the above pic:

Is this a new photo?


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From dailydarrennews:




Yea!  How exciting!  applause

Darren rehearsing “Angry Inch” (audio only) | source

September 30 2016
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Edit:  Oops!  double post of the SHN video.  Beat to the punch by the speedy Lilikoiluv!

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Great post, Lilikoiluv!   Thank you so much for posting so many goodies!

And I know, seeing Darren with the blue Hedwig fingernail polish just symbolizes to me that the team of Hedwig really believed in Darren, and gave Darren this wonderful opportunity to play this complex character, to sing this gorgeous music, in a way that really shows Darren's potential as an actor and a vocalist.   I'm so grateful that Daren was given this opportunity, especially given his relatively young age, compared to the other Hedwig actors. 

I only listened to part of the SHN video, but Lena has a longstanding love of Hedwig too, it seems.  She's gonna be an awesome Hedwig, like Lilikoiluv said.

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What a great deal too, to have $40 rush tickets!  I hope people take advantage of such a great price!

I don't know if that is a new pic of Darren, or if it just gives us a larger view of an existing pic.  Either way, it's cool that we get to see what to us seems like a  new pic!

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@Poppy wrote:
And I know, seeing Darren with the blue Hedwig fingernail polish just symbolizes to me that the team of Hedwig really believed in Darren, and gave Darren this wonderful opportunity to play this complex character, to sing this gorgeous music, in a way that really shows Darren's potential as an actor and a vocalist.   I'm so grateful that Daren was given this opportunity, especially given his relatively young age, compared to the other Hedwig actors. 

I only listened to part of the SHN video, but Lena has a longstanding love of Hedwig too, it seems.  She's gonna be an awesome Hedwig, like Lilikoiluv said.
Well said, Poppy!  And yes, Lena is going to kill as Hedwig.

Thank you for posting the video of Darren's "Angry Inch" rehearsal.  thumbs up


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You're welcome, Lilikoiluv!

I keep forgetting what seats you  have, Lilikoiluv, for the SF show.  I looked it up again and I'm impressed that you are soooo close to the stage!  My seat for the Belasco Theatre was in Row F, which I thought was really close.  You could really see Darren's facial expressions so well.   But your seats are even closer!   And hopefully, if they keep it the same as the Broadway shows, you'll be in perfect position to see the carwash!  I can only imagine how happy you will be watching him perform, Lilikoiluv!  


From dailydarrennews: 

Some great pics from SHN.  :happy face









SHN: Broadway in San Francisco: Darren Criss, Lena Hall, and Stephen Trask sat with moderator Adam Savage to discuss HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
#HedwigSHN performs October 2–30 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. For more info:  bit.ly/HedwigSHN
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SHN: Broadway in San Francisco: Darren Criss, Lena Hall, and Stephen Trask sat with moderator Adam Savage to discuss HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
#HedwigSHN performs October 2–30 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. For more info:  bit.ly/HedwigSHN
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@Lilikoiluv wrote:What an entertaining and interesting event!  Seeing these Stephen, Lena, and Darren together to talk about Hedwig was such a gift.  Their love, camaraderie, talent are lovely to see and hear. 

Well said, Lilikoiluv!   Even if you turned the volume of the SHN video to no sound, when watching the video of the conversation, you can see the support and camaraderie between these three (as well as see it in the photos).   So great!





shnsf: Pick up a copy of the @mercnews Entertainment Guide, featuring @hedwigonbway’s hometown hero @darrencriss!


Note:  I assume this is the paper copy of the article that dailydarrennews posted on September 27?






Another article:
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HEDWIG National Tour Kicks Off in Darren Criss's Hometown This Sunday

September 30, 2016

A friendly reminder! Darren Criss and Lena Hall will launch the highly anticipated National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, reprising their critically-acclaimed performances at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco (October 2-30) and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (November 1-27).

As Bay Area natives, Darren Criss and Lena Hall are thrilled to open the tour in front of hometown audiences and then bring the show to Hollywood.     Criss explained, "When I found out that the tour would be kicking off in my hometown of San Francisco - the city where I was introduced to Hedwig & The Angry Inch - I could think of no better excuse to get back into the heels of a character I loved and missed so very much. And since Los Angeles has become a second home for me, I relished the idea of seeing what kind of fun Hedwig would bring to the heart of Hollywood!"

Hall offered a similar sentiment: "Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads."

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**Note: Lena Hall will appear as Hedwig, and Shannon Conley will appear as Yitzhak, at the following performances:

San Francisco, Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 pm, and Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm.

Los Angeles, Sunday, November 6 at 6:30 pm, Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 pm, Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 pm, and Friday, November 25 at 8:00 pm.

For more information, visit www.HedwigTour.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Darren Criss (Hedwig). Actor, musician and Emmy-nominated composer, Darren Criss, most recently appeared on the Emmy award-winning FX series "American Horror Story." Prior to his rave-reviewed role as Hedwig, he starred on Broadway as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. It was recently announced that he will star as Prince Eric in a limited engagement of The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl this June. Criss is best known for his breakout role as Blaine Anderson on FOX's Emmy and Golden Globe Award?winning series "Glee." The San Francisco-native is a co-founder of StarKid Productions, a Chicago-based theatre company whose works have spurred viral hits, multiple Billboard charting cast albums, and sold-out national tours. He is the founder of the New York City's first showtunes music festival, Elsie Fest. His additional film, TV and stage credits include Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening, The Wind Rises, "Web Therapy," ABC's "Backstage with Disney on Broadway," "Michael Feinstein's New Year's Eve Special" on PBS as well as hosting duties for the NewNowNext Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Note:  Click on the link to read the whole article, including the bios of Lena, Shannon Conley, and Darren's Standby (Mason Alexander Park).



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From DarrenCrissArmy:

An excerpt from JON Magazine about Darren's thoughts and feelings about being in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.



Darren on Hedwig in JÓN Magazine, Fall 2016
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I hope this doesn't confuse folks.  I think I'll keep this thread open, to post promotional information for Hedwig and the Angry Inch in SF (and later, for L.A.).  And if you want, you can post in this thread miscellaneous news about Hedwig and the Angry Inch (SF/L.A. Tour).



It's nice that Hedwig and the Angry Inch appears on this NY Times list of Broadway musicals on tour.  :happy face  I like the pic of Darren that they decided to use.  Look how touched he looks.   This pic was taken on his first night on Broadway for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (April 29, 2015).

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7 Broadway Musicals Coming Your Way
October 3, 2016

Can’t make it to New York but love musicals? Here’s our expert guide to seven shows, several of them Tony Award winners, that are arriving in cities near you.

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‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Tour
Started: Oct. 2 in San Francisco

THE STORY John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock ’n’ roll musical opened on Broadway in 2014, starring Neil Patrick Harris as the titular “internationally ignored song stylist” struggling with his identity as a “slip of a girlyboy.” Originally staged off Broadway at the Jane Street Theater in 1998, the show developed a loyal following of self-proclaimed “Hedheads” during its two-year run. A 2001 film featured Mr. Mitchell, who originated the role on stage, as Hedwig.

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT Ben Brantley called the Broadway production “foulmouthed, electrically tuneful and furiously funny.”

WHAT’S NEW Darren Criss, best known for his role on the TV series “Glee,” will play Hedwig in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the first two cities on the tour. (Mr. Criss was one of five actors, including Mr. Mitchell, who succeeded Mr. Harris in the role on Broadway.) He’ll be joined by Lena Hall, who won a Tony for her performance as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s bandmate.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT David Bowie fans, transgender rockers, families with adventurous teenagers.

TICKETS AND TOUR INFORMATION HedwigBroadway.com



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