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Backstage at The Late Late Show 3/21/17 via Darren’s IG Story (Instagram.com/darrencriss)
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This is very cute.  heart 



Who’s the best singer on the cast…?
“…I think he’s my cutie pie: Darren Criss!”

John Barrowman on The Flash FB live about the crossover episode, 3/21/17

https://www.facebook.com/JohnBarrowmanMBE/videos/1478423015501449/

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ha!  Poor Darren. Razz

“…Darren couldn’t get it right…”

John Barrowman talking about a dance scene with Darren and Carlos.

Via The Flash FB livestream about the musical crossover.

https://www.facebook.com/JohnBarrowmanMBE/videos/1478423015501449/

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If you enjoyed Darren as the Music Meister then let @FLASHtvwriters & @AJKreisberg know on Twitter. They’re awaiting feedback. | source








Guys, please tweet if you enjoyed the Music Meister and Darren in The Flash, and if you liked this musical episode!   Ask for the Music Meister to return in another episode!!  heart heart heart

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The Flash (musical crossover with Supergirl) "Duet."  March 21, 2017

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed The Flash's episode tonight ("Duet").  So fun!  Love the music, loved the dancing, loved the humor and happiness.  My husband and I were having so much fun!  If we were not smiling from the wonderful singing, we were laughing from the funny lines.  My only wishes are:  (1)  Have Darren sing more, (2) We need a song written by Darren, and (3) More scenes with Darren.  :amused  

Loved how Darren played the Music Meister.  He was funny and mischievous, yet charming.   And he was also scary when he attacked Wally and Barry.   Favorite Line:  "Love is about letting  yourself be saved, not just about saving other people." 

One more point, I think I would have loved the musical even more if the plot seemed more organic, with a story focused a bit more on the Music Meister as his own character, with his own backstory, versus using the character of the Music Meister primarily as a vehicle to push Kara and Barry to an understanding of what they needed to do in terms of reconciling with their respective love interests (via the fantasy world of a movie musical).   The MM played the role of Cupid, a funny, omnipotent Cupid, who sees all, and thus saw 2 broken hearts that needed some help in being mended.  Having watched the animated Batman, the Brave and the Bold, The Mayhem of the Music Meister, I wanted just a little more focus on the character of the MM (and a little more singing by the MM--whose power over others in Batman, the Brave and the Bold was through his singing).    At the same time, I realize this is not Glee, and doing a musical crossover episode must had been a daunting task for the CW.  So all in all, a wonderful episode, very fun and sweet, and very entertaining.   I have missed The Flash being light and funny since Season 1 (please bring back the fun, light-hearted show that I fell in love with!).  

Darren and the Music Meister, in my humble opinion, must come back on The Flash (and Supergirl)!   He is omnipotent and all-seeing, is a speedster, can fly, and seems to absorb the powers of whichever superhero he casts his spell on.  Thus he is extremely powerful and dangerous--yet also is charismatic, funny, mischievous, colorful, a hopeless romantic, and also sings and dances on top of that!   The MM is one of the best "villains" of The Flash over all its seasons, and I am not saying that just because I'm a fan of Darren (I've watched The Flash since its pilot, and since Barry Allen first appeared on Arrow). 


Note:  Did you guys notice that this scene in this promo video was changed in the actual episode tonight?



I also remember that Darren said  in this interview (EW.com: The Flash-Supergirl musical crossover: Darren Criss details dastardly new villain) that they let him run loose a little bit, but that sometimes they asked him to dial it back a bit because they wanted to keep the tone within the world of The Flash and Supergirl.   I'm guessing that it was Darren's acting choices in the promo video above (Darren had perfect delivery of that last line, especially with his facial expression!), and that it was the director's choice in the scene that appeared in the actual episode tonight.  (Shhhhh.  My husband and I thought the scene in the promo video above was funnier, than what appeared in this scene in the actual episode tonight.   Note to The Flash powers-to-be:  Please have Darren as the MM return in another episode (or two or three) of The Flash, and please let Darren run loose even more.  He's very good at being funny.)



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The Flash (musical crossover with Supergirl), "Duet."  March 21, 2017

I've been skimiming the reviews about tonight's episode on The Flash.  So far, I believe all of them have been favorable, although some of the reviewers had constructive suggestions (one of which was that ideally, there should have been more interaction between the Music Meister and Kara and Barry, and more singing by Darren).

CarterMatt.com wrote:
The Flash season 3 episode 17 review: Was 'Duet' a worthy musical?

March 22, 2017

The other big critique we have is that we wanted to see as much Criss’ Music Meister as possible, and there really wasn’t all that great of an opportunity to see the two parties share screen time with their former Glee actor. That was one of the real selling points for the story going in.

[. . . ]

Then, the Music Meister claimed that the entire purpose of his mission was to teach everyone to love each other. He wasn’t so much a villain as a psychiatrist who had a very demented way of getting people to work through their issues.





Nerdist wrote:
All the Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover Songs, Ranked

March 21, 2017

Now that is how you do a musical episode of TV.

[. . . ]

And it. Was. Perfect. I laughed. I cried. I danced in my seat. I sang along. I clapped. And by the time the episode ended I was already asking for more. If The Flash and Supergirl teamed up for a musical episode every year, that still wouldn’t be enough.

[. . .]

We could go on and on about how Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist had the talent and the right background to carry such a high-concept episode, but that’s not why “Duet” worked so well (although it didn’t hurt). The main reason why this was such a successful endeavor for both shows is the big twist at the very end. It turned out that the Music Meister (Gustin and Benoist’s fellow Glee alum Darren Criss) came to National City and then Central City to find and help Barry and Kara get back together with their respective exes. He wasn’t a villain after all! He just wanted to teach the two superheroes a lesson about love (and teach a PTSD-ridden Kid Flash/Wally West [Keiynan Lonsdale] a lesson about overcoming his fears). It was all about loooooove!





Den of Geek! wrote:
The Flash Season 3 Episdoe 17 Review: Duet

Mar 21, 2017

I hate musicals. I never watched Glee.

[. . . ]

Despite my misgivings, "Duet" was kinda delightful.

. . .  But then again, what the hell else were they going to do? Give us some third rate villain of the week who wouldn't be half as charming as Darren Criss' Music Meister? No, I have to admit, "Duet" was the right move, and by the time everything wrapped up, it proved to be the right way to put the ongoing Barry/Iris saga back on track.

[. . . ]


- So the Music Meister comes from an unexpected place. He was the villain on a couple of appropriately themed episodes of the excellent Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. But...this wasn't quite the same guy, was it?

For real, what was he getting at at the end there? Is he from the Fifth Dimension like Mr. Mxyzptlk? Or is he the equivalent of the mysterious animator in Looney Tunes' "Duck Amuck" cartoon? That's the one where an animator puts a fourth wall breaking Daffy Duck through his paces, as the cartoon plays with its own format incessantly. At the end, the mystery animator is Bugs Bunny, manipulating reality to break his rival's chops. So is Music Meister supposed to be Greg Berlanti's meta stand-in, tonight? The guy who manipulates reality to give fans something they've wanted since these two were cast?

Or was I just too busy making notes about other stuff to miss a far more straightforward explanation of who he is? Forgive me if that's the case.





JoBlo.com wrote:
TV Review: The Flash- Season 3 episdoe 17 "Duet"

EPISODE 17: "Duet"

Musicals are not as universally beloved as some other genres but they have a solid history on the small screen with special episodes dedicated to showcasing characters breaking into song. The most famous genre series to have a musical episode is Buffy The Vampire Slayer whose episode is widely considered one of the best of all time. After the run of Glee, musical episodes have not been as common as the used to be, but this crossover between The Flash and Supergirl is one of the best hours The CW has ever put to screen. Bringing Glee veteran Darren Criss as the Music Meister to this reunion with former costars Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist along with stage veterans John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn from Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow), Victor Garber (Dr. Stein from Legends of Tomorrow), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Jesse Martin and Carlos Valdes (The Flash) who all have experience on Broadway gives this episode an air of talent that some musical episodes do not garner with actors unaccustomed to the singing on screen.

[. . . ]

Back and safe, the Music Meister appears and reveals that he was never really a villain at all. Treated much like The Watcher from Marvel Comics, the Meister witnessed the sadness of Kara and Barry and decided to set up this elaborate dream to teach them a lesson about the power of love. He then disappears into thin air . . .



This was a review of the Supergirl episode that Darren appeared in as the Music Meister (On March 20, 2017).

Refinery29 wrote:
Supergirl Started The Glee Reunion We all Deserve

March 21, 2017


Before this week, there was one fact in the CW’s quartet of DC Universe series that went largely and criminally ignored: half of the show’s leads are Glee alums, meaning they’re harboring perfect pipes. The Flash’s Grant Gustin was Dalton Academy Warblers sometimes-villain Sebastian Smythe, while Supergirl’s blonde Melissa Benoist played the brunette Marley Rose.

The snubbing of these very important facts finally ends this week with a two-night musical crossover special between the superhero dramas — and none other than beloved New Directioner Darren Criss is serving as the bad guy. This is the closest fans are getting to the Glee reunion of their dreams.

Supergirl kicked off the event in the final moment of season 2’s “Star-Crossed,” when it’s announced an unusual prisoner is entering the DEO, the alien-monitoring government agency Supergirl-slash-Kara Danvers is a member of. Of course, Criss and his handsome face walks through the door in chains.

In a too-perfect moment, Supergirl’s BFF Winn (Smash's Jeremy Jordan) announces, “Ooh, he looks fun,” because obviously Darren Criss is fun. The new baddie, who is DC Comics character the Music Meister, immediately reveals he let himself get caught for a grand evil plan and begins hypnotizing Kara. Then he opens up a portal to pull The Flash into all of this craziness, since the speedster exists in an alternate universe.

[. . . ]

The continuation of Kara’s alternate reality conundrum will continue in The Flash season 3’s “Duet,” when fastest man alive Barry Allen joins her.

[. . . ]

Until “Duet” airs we’ll keep our fingers crossed Criss’s Music Meister also gets in a few bars to make this a complete Warblers-New Directioners collaboration.



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Darren keeping his promise to live tweet during The Flash tonight.  :amused

 
@DarrenCriss  And there ya have it, my @GLEEonFOX /@UMich / broadway worlds all colliding together on @CW_TheFlash.


@DarrenCriss  Yes @Tha_Los, I purposely chose the derpiest face I could.



Note:  I loved listening to Jeremy's voice tonight.   He is so amazing.  And Carlos did well too.  The Broadway vets (John Barrowman, Victor Garber, and Jesse Martin) all were wonderful of course, as expected!  Melissa sung beautifully, and Grant's performance of the Pasek & Paul song was touching. 







Aw, this is sweet.


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Candice did so well in the episode!  Loved her accent! 

@DarrenCriss  I mean I don’t wanna start any beef but this MIGHT be the cutest pic I took on set- @candicekp if BarIris doesn’t work out, hit a Meister up
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Darren did a posting spree of videos.  It's funny, not sure if his "victims" are actually puzzled by what Darren says to them (they look unsure of how to react), or if they are acting that way.  But either way, it's funny!  Darren is just like the MM:  Such a rascal!



@DarrenCriss  #PunFun with @JeremyMJordan #TheFlash @CW_TheFlash
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@DarrenCriss  “How YOU doin” @grantgust Bow chicka wow w… ahh dammit @MelissaBenoist












The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Inside the 'Flash' and 'Supergirl' Musical Crossover's Big Twist


March 21, 2017

In the end, The CW's Supergirl musical crossover with The Flash was all about love, and the villain wasn't even a villain at all.

The crossover's mysterious "villain," the Music Meister (Darren Criss), arrived in National City during Monday's Supergirl to put Kara (Melissa Benoist) into a coma and then made his way to Central City for Tuesday's musical crossover with The Flash to do the same to Barry (Grant Gustin) . . . When all was said and done, it turned out that the coma was actually a movie musical inside Barry and Kara's minds that was intended to help both couples get back together

[. . . ]

Everyone made up and woke up in the real world as good as new and were shocked to see the Music Meister applauding their victory because he "believes in the good guys."

"The lesson was love," Criss' charismatic character told the whole crew inside of STAR Labs. "Love is about letting yourself be saved. It's not just about saving other people, even if you are superheroes."

The reveal marks a big change from all the super-crossovers in the past, which have tended to feature some sort of formidable villain putting everyone's lives (or the fate of the world) at stake.

[. . . ]

To hear Kreisberg tell it, the decision to make the Music Meister a hero instead of a villain just fit into the story. "At the end, that the cause of it would be somebody evil didn't feel right the more we worked on the plot of the episode," he says. "The idea that this person put them through their paces so they could get their love back on track ultimately seemed like a benevolent thing. We just thought that was so interesting. I mean, literally every show, every villain is evil. That somebody was doing something just to do some good struck us as very much the kind of thing a musical would do."

[. . . ]

The actress [Melissa Benoist] noted that she loved the humor and ad-libs featured in the episode, which included a mini-Glee reunion with co-stars Gustin and guest player Criss. "It's only fitting for a musical comedy," Benoist says of the crossover's romantic ending. "And Darren was the perfect person to play that. He did an amazing job and was so charismatic and funny, and he just brings that positivity. It was the perfect twist for the setting."

Adds Gustin: "Everyone was asking about Darren and what kind of villain he is. It was cool that he just manipulated us. You never really see that on our show," he says. "It was a cool change of pace. It was unlike anything we've ever done or may ever do again. It was a nice break from all the melodrama that's happening all season. We really flipped that on its head and did the opposite and made it all about joy."

And Patton adds with a smile, "I don't think anyone wants to see Darren Criss as the villain. It was my first time working with him, and he was just so sweet that I was like, 'Yeah, I'm glad you're not a villain on our show.'"
Note:  Poor Candice is going to be surprised to hear Darren is playing a serial killer.  confused







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Note:  I thought he looked great in the choreography.  I only noticed the one time that he did not seem to sync with Carlos and John B (and I only noticed that because John B. talked about it in his Facebook video--if John hadn't mentioned it, I would have assumed what Darren said, that since he was in the center, he was supposed to do his own thing).  :amused











There are so many tweets from Darren.  He's a busy bee!



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EW.com wrote:
'The Flash' -'Supergirl' musical crossover recap: 'Duet'

March 21, 2017

God, I loved this episode. The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover was an immensely charming and necessary hour of television that brought some much-needed light to The Flash‘s detrimentally dark third season. The music numbers were fun, Darren Criss did an amazing job as Music Meister, and the entire cast looked like they were having the time of their lives, which made it more entertaining for the audience.

[. . . ]

“You wouldn’t even understand where I come,” says Music Meister when H.R. asks where he’s from, which raises so many questions! Given the fact that he’s been watching both Barry and Kara and has these godlike powers, I think he might be a Monitor, which in DC comics mythology is someone who is responsible for monitoring the Earths in the multiverse. The other option is that he’s from the Fifth Dimension like Mr. Mxyzptlk.






Vanity Fair wrote:
How The Flash Just Pulled off the Best Musical TV Episode of All Time

March 21, 2017

Tuesday night the CW superhero power block finally made good on the implied, long-simmering promise that comes with employing so many Broadway legends and Glee kids in your TV shows. Drawing the cream of the crop from four different casts—The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow—the CW put on a musical that, at once, appealed to every possible demographic. As a die-hard fan of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and musicals, I’m aware it’s blasphemy to argue that The Flash just put on the best musical episode in TV history, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. There are better musicals and better episodes of television but no better combination of the two.

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Criss, who was one of the strongest members of the Glee cast for five seasons, makes for a perfect, whimsical “villain.” He doesn’t do much—and, really, he’s more Teen Angel than Music Meister—but everything he does is laced with a theatrical panache that fits the tone of “Duet” seamlessly.



[. . . ]

Is “Duet” as good an episode TV as that famous all-singing hour of Buffy? Maybe not. But given the level of talent, it’s a better musical and one that will have both Flash and musical fans clamoring for a sequel.





411 Mania wrote:
The Flash 3.17 - "Duet"

Darren Criss as Music Meister was excellent. There’s a great amount of tension when he first arrives at S.T.A.R. Labs. First, he zooms like a speedster and takes out Kid Flash. Barry of course retaliates, but Music Meister anticipates the move and prevents it, saying, “And you’re too slow.” In just one scene Music Meister shows how great of an antagonist he is. He gets another great sequence later on as Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, and Wally try to stop him. The writing later throws a curveball, revealing that Music Meister isn’t actually evil – he’s just doing this because he somehow sensed relationship problems, and thus wanted to help fix them. It was hard to buy, and kinda ruins his charismatic villain performance. After all, why would he mock Wally about being trapped in the Speed Force if he actually isn’t a “bad guy?” It didn’t make sense.

[. . . ]

Music Meister was an excellent antagonist, though his revealed goal at the end was a head-scratcher and hard to get into. (Why was he draining the heroes’ powers and wanting to rob a bank if his only goal was to teach a lesson about relationships?)





Mic.com wrote:
'The Flash' season 3, episode 17 is a musical, gleeful smash with a surprise ending

March 21, 2017

Darren Criss' Music Meister was compelling and mischievous. Let's get a spin-off of him traveling the multiverse and teaching people lessons via genre simulations.



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I love the episode. Love the songs, the spoofy aspect and the final twist. And Darren was amazing, obvi. 

I just wish we would have seen more of him and I'm disappointed that the facial expressions from the promo weren't in the episode.

Btw, is there some link for his appearance in the Late Late Show ?

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@Poppy wrote:Thanks for posting that, Lin.  I would think that it has to be more than coincidence.  Maybe someone /some folks did this as a nod to Glee fans, especially since many of Darren's fans are Klaine fans (and Melissa and Grant have their Glee fans as well)?   I'm glad it made some fans happy. :happy face  
I believe in coincidence. Wink "There you are, I've been looking for you" is such a common and unspecific thing to say and there was even some other dialogue inbetween on Supergirl. It's just trippy to hear the words from Darren as a different character because it was such an iconic moment on Glee. Also, so weird to see those gifs and realise Darren is SIX years younger on the left side!

I could definitely see this one being an intentional little callback though thanks to Zach:



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(Grant has great comidic timing, he had so many funny little lines and moments)


I enjoyed the episode a lot! It also made me realise how much I miss having Darren on TV regularly. :cry
Of course I always want more of Darren, but I really loved all of his scenes. What an awesome part for him, he got to do a little bit of everything - show some of his villainous side but also be cute, funny and charming, plus some singing, dancing, flying around... you can tell he was having a blast.

For a musical, there really should have been some more songs. But let's hope they make up for it with a sequel. :happy face :fingers crossed


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Jeremy wrote:I love the episode. Love the songs, the spoofy aspect and the final twist. And Darren was amazing, obvi. 

I just wish we would have seen more of him and I'm disappointed that the facial expressions from the promo weren't in the episode.

Agree!



Lin, thank you so much for posting that gif set!   I knew I recognized that part of the dance!   I would have loved so much if Barry had been standing behind the group in the far background, making the same dance moves--that would have been so fun!  Am happy they showed Barry off to the side making the same dance moves (haha!  to Kara's facial expression looking at Barry!). 

Grant has fantastic comic timing.  This is why I miss Season 1 of The Flash so much.  He was so funny that season.  Season 2 and 3 got so much darker, and the amount of humor decreased visibly. 

@Lin wrote:I enjoyed the episode a lot! It also made me realise how much I miss having Darren on TV regularly.

I know.  I know.  : it's gonna be ok 

@Lin wrote:Of course I always want more of Darren, but I really loved all of his scenes. What an awesome part for him, he got to do a little bit of everything - show some of his villainous side but also be cute, funny and charming, plus some singing, dancing, flying around... you can tell he was having a blast.

I also loved all of his scenes.  When I saw him fly, I thought:  "Oh my god.  Darren must be having a blast doing this!"   Great point, Lin, about Darren getting to do a little bit of everything, singing dancing, being a villain, being funny and charming, flying, and he got to do some action bits too, with some fighting scenes.  

I wonder if this is the first time the CW did a musical?  It must had been so intimidating for them.  So I understand how they couldn't possibly fit everything in.  But yes, hopefully, next time, they will  have more songs, and hopefully Darren will return as the Music Meister and have a solo (and even more amazing will be if Darren would have one of his original songs in the next musical episode, even if sung by someone else). 

I read in one of the reviews of the episode that since the Music Meister's power was not necessarily through his singing (like it was in Batman, the Brave and the Bold:  The Mayhem of the Music Meister), that the character of the MM also may appear in non-musical episodes.   The MM's power was relayed through his hypnotic eyes.

Other thoughts of the episode:  Loved Pasek & Paul's song.  Grant did a wonderful job singing the lovely song.  Rachel Bloom's song was very Rachel-like.  Cute and funny.  Darren was wonderful as the MM.   Loved the choreography!  Zach did a fantastic job!!  Darren was wonderful as the MM.  Would have still loved a more colorful costume for the MM.  Grant is such a graceful dancer, a joy to watch.  Loved the accents of Candice and Jeremy.   Darren was wonderful as the MM.   I learned that Carlos was on Broadway and has a lovely voice!   Darren was wonderful as the MM.    :happy face

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Jeremy,


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Here is the link to The Late Late Show with James Corden (3/21/17 with Allison Williams, Darren Criss, The Band Perry) on CBS.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/late-late-show/video/ac73LzzD_GAuvbJtIIs7xw_MxXnyDlvi/the-late-late-show-3-21-2017-allison-williams-darren-criss-the-band-perry-/




You also may watch part of the interview on this BroadwayWorld link:  http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/VIDEO-Darren-Criss-Talks-New-4-Song-Dance-EP-on-LATE-LATE-SHOW-20170322


This is a goofy video, from The Late Late Show with James Corden:




@latelateshow: Silly @DarrenCriss!
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Darren on The Late Late Show with James Corden - March 21, 2017 | Source
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@CW_TheFlash: Go behind the songs and stream #TheFlash’s special episode now on The CW App: http://on.cwtv.com/FLA317tw
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Some of this gif set Lin posted, but thought you can never have enough of this scene.  :happy face




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   music note Put a little love in your heart music note

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@nerdist: Okay fine, @darrencriss. We need you back as Music Meister more often. Next season? Please? #SuperFlash
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Yes, I agree with @nerdist!  Need Darren as the Music Meister to return on the CW again (and again and again . . . )!!!   :love







Another cute gif set:





March 22 2017   (Source)
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The music from The Flash musical episode is now available on itunes






I love the flashy red suit, with yellow tie!


flashbehindtheseams: More concept art from Costumer in Chief, Kate Main. #superflash #supergirl #karadanvers #barryallen #musicmeister #theflash #theflashmusical #cwtheflash #costumes #costuming #costumeoffice #costumecentral #behindtheseams #behindthescenes #bestcrew






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Some nice tweets from others:


Very sweet!






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Aw, so sweet of John Barrowman!






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Liam McIntyre played the Weather Wizard in the Flash














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StarKid and U of Michigan Love!  heart













Lauren Lopez is so funny!













Glee love.  :happy face

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Great pic! 


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Stream the special episode of #TheFlash now on The CW App! Click the link in the bio. #BTS 
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Wow, the songs are doing well!












“The Flash–Music From the Special Episode: Duet” is lighting up the soundtrack charts on iTunes!  itun.es/us/XMqMib

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This is a nice thing for the CW to do, to put the song performances on Youtube. 


"Put a Little Love in Your Heart."


Official version (Water Tower Music)
Published March 21, 2017




 I think I will purchase this song and "Running Home to You" on iTunes.




 
Here is Grant singing Pasek and Paul's "Runnin Home to You."






Melissa singing "Moon River."



They also have the 2 other songs on Youtube.





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I would expect "Runnin Home to You" to get Pasek and Paul an Emmy nomination and possibly (hopefully) an Emmy win.  The melody and the lyrics are beautiful, and Grant did a wonderful job bringing it to life, with his singing and his acting.



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105default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:14 pm

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The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
What Was the Best Musical Performance During the 'Flash' and 'Supergirl's' 'Duet'?

March 22, 2017

THR ranks the super songs from The CW's DC Comics musical crossover


DC Comics villain the Music Meister made his live-action debut on Monday's episode of Supergirl and headed over to The Flash for a two-show, two-night musical crossover that featured multiple performances from both show's multitalented casts.

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grad Darren Criss took on the role of the Music Meister, a new type of "villain" who insisted everyone follow his musical script or die. The episode also served as a reunion for Criss with his former Glee co-stars, The Flash's Grant Gustin and Supergirl's Melissa Benoist, who both showed off their vocal skills during the two-night crossover.

Below, The Hollywood Reporter takes a closer look at the musical moments from The Flash's "Duet" episode, ranking each performance from glee club to Tony worthy.


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1. "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"


This rendition of the late-1960s hit was just what the crossover needed to make it a true TV musical experience. As the second number of the hour, it featured a big dance sequence with an impressive group of background performers. Criss' natural ability to perform shined through — and the Music Meister was even able to get a reluctant Barry to start grooving to the music. Jordan and The Flash’s Carlos Valdes also delivered some impressive musical stylings. The overall performance paired with the underlying theme of the entire episode takes this track to the top of our list. 

"Duet" was a good way to kick off more potential musicals for The CW superhero universe in the future, since there is a possibility that the Music Meister could come back to help solve other problems after his sole purpose was to bring two beleaguered couples back together. After all, as Barry’s mother would say, "Musicals have the power to make everything better." It definitely worked out well for this episode.

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Darren Criss Army was nice enough to post the review by the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times loved the musical crossover episode!  :happy face  To read the entire article, go to Darren Criss Army's link:  http://darrencrissarmy.com/post/158739979452/the-flash-and-supergirl-musical-crossover



Los Angeles Times wrote:
'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' musical crossover kills with cuteness

March 22, 2017

Watching the jaunty episode titled “Duet” was like inhaling pure joy — a saccharine-saturated performance so ridiculously self-aware that both leads Barry “The Flash” Allen (Grant Gustin) and Kara “Supergirl” Danvers (Melissa Benoist) intermittently dropped character to look around the set, as if they too couldn’t believe the charm of what they were creating.

Former “Glee” star Darren Criss was cast as antagonist the Music Meister. He popped into the last few minutes of a previous “Supergirl” episode and “whammied” (yes, whammied) Supergirl into the musical fantasy land.

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Naturally, Supergirl’s National City “Scooby” gang were concerned about said “whammying,” so they crossed over to the alternate dimension that houses Flash and his Central City compatriots. Fortunately, the Flash was also whammied by the Meister and — presto! — the musical crossover was set.

Although the rationale behind the villain’s evil scheme wasn’t entirely coherent — he wanted to drain their powers while making them understand love, or something? — it didn’t need to be. Criss was put in this episode for two reasons: to look good in red suspenders and to sing. And he did both quite well.

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If you’re going to do a musical episode on television and compete with legendary greats like “Once More With Feeling” from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “The Nightman Cometh” installment of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the key is to commit.

“The Flash” accomplished this by doubling down with a happy ending that wound up with the title character proposing to his love interest, Iris West (Candice Patton), through song. The number, penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who just won an Oscar for “City of Stars” from “La La Land”), hits hard when the world’s fastest superhero starts crooning “Runnin’ Home to You.”

“Duet” was sweet, sweet cheese. It was a kitten delivering a Hallmark card with the words “you’re purr-fect” spelled out in glitter. But it knew it and steered into the delightful.

In a TV world awash in procedural dramas and murder mysteries, sometimes it feels pretty great to take a song break.

heh.  "To look good in red suspenders."  Razz




This rehearsal looks perfect.  Darren and John Barrowman look perfectly synced in their movements.  I love how sharp Darren's movements are.  Boy has some dance moves! applause


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I'm also impressed John Barrowman was able to learn the routine 1/2 hour before the the crew arrived to film.





A nice gif set from the episode:












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I watched Darren on The Late Late Show with James Corden (March 21, 2017) on my TV set today.  I thought he was charming and did a good job.   I'm glad he got to do a quick plug of Computer Games near the end of the interview, although it was a bit of a challenge for him to say as much as he wanted to say about the EP, because both James and Allison Williams (Girls) were pretty verbal (and interrupted Darren a bit).  I guess when the host feels strongly about expressing his thoughts, you just have to go with the flow (even if that means you may not get to say all you would like to).   Loved the beginning of the interview where Darren told James about how he (Darren) was a fan of the show since it began (2 years ago) and even saw James on Broadway (I had no idea James was on Broadway).  haha!  I laughed (as did James and Reggie Watts) at the beginning of the interview, when Darren said that 2 years ago, he thought it was a shame because he didn't think that the show would make it (because of its focus on musical theater), but at least they had Reggie Watts!  :amused   Also loved the story about Allison:  When a college student at Yale, she politely asked Darren to not perform the same song she was planning to sing at a Whiffenpoof concert (at the Lincoln Center?).   To his great credit, Darren honored her request and did not perform that song.   James was impressed, exclaiming to Darren:  "What a gentleman!" and the audience seemed impressed too.   That's not too surprising that Darren helped Allison that night, because it is like Darren to be so kind, but when you think of it, most celebrities would not have done the same thing, so I am very proud of him for that gesture.  

I'm so glad that he is coming onto these shows, first Conan (2nd time) and now with James Corden.   :happy face

108default The Flash. "Duet." March 21, 2017 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:59 pm

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Nice pic of Darren with Jesse Martin of The Flash. 


@DarrenCriss  Was very excited to finally meet Jesse L Martin. Here’s proof! @CW_TheFlash

109default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:39 am

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CBS doesn't let me watch the entire video... 

Btw, I hope people aren't too disappointed because MM didn't wear the green costume.

110default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:50 pm

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Hi Jeremy,

I'm sorry it didn't work for you.  I just tried that CBS link and it worked for me.  I wonder if it's because you are not in the U.S? 

 Anyone else have another link?

111default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:44 am

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Yes, they say it has something to do with my geographical region.

112default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:36 pm

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I'm sorry about the link not working, Jeremy. 

As for the green suit, I would have loved to have seen a colorful suit or colorful costume.  Black was a curious choice for the clothing of the Music Meister.

113default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:19 pm

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Actually, The Flash's Music Meister has almost nothing to do with Batman's Music Meister.

And, if I have a good memory, Darren's character haven't introduced himself as the MM. I think Barry just gave him that nickname.

114default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:25 pm

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In most of the episodes of The Flash, the villains are given an interesting name by folks on the the Flash's team, mostly Cisco, but also Barry and others.  The villains are based on villains that are well known from the world of DC comics. 

I don't know, it's a little tricky when these two current TV shows (The Flash and Supergirl), that are based on DC Comics, have a character appear with the same name as a particular villain of an earlier DC Comics-based TV series (the DC animated series, Batman, The Bold and the Brave:  The Mayhem of the Music Meister).  Also, the Music Meister made an appearance in a comic book based on the same animated series.  So it's not a surprise that some folks (including some of those who wrote reviews of the episode) who know about the MM character from the earlier DC animated TV series, and from the comic book for that earlier series, may have formed certain expectations. 

I'm not a big DC comics fan, so I personally don't really care that much if the character in The Flash musical episode strays from the Music Meister character of the animated series and its comic book.  

However, I did enjoy how colorful the character was in the animated series, and I would have loved if that was even more of an emphasis in this musical crossover episode.  Just my own personal preference.  (I'm sure others may disagree.)  The costume is just one detail.   I really did think the musical crossover episode was wonderfully executed, and I enjoyed immensely Darren's portrayal of the character on the show.  I think both Darren and the show runners of The Flash did a fantastic job!  :happy face

115default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:55 am

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Thank you for your post. As I don't watch The Flash (yet?), I didn't know that.

And I'm totally fine with Darren's character, I actually love him. I was just a bit surprised, as the comments before the airing made expect a more literal adaptation of the Batman vilain. 

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116default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:30 am

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I know that you said you don't watch The Flash regularly, so I figured you wouldn't know that Barry's team names the villains.  :happy face

I was a little surprised too.  Hopefully, Darren can return as the MM, and then we will see a bit more character development.  Cross fingers!  :fingers crossed

117default The Flash. "Duet." March 21, 2017 on Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:02 am

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From DarrenCrissArmy:





Behind the scenes of The Flash musical episode with Darren Criss, Candice Patton and Andrew Kreisberg

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Darren with musician Reggie Watts (who also plays on The Late Late Show with James Corden):  :happy face


@DarrenCriss: An outrageously talented guy. YouTube everything you can from @reggiewatts and enjoy your face melting off.

119default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:47 pm

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Hey, Jeremy, I want to amend my comment about how villains on The Flash are often given names by folks on the Flash's team, mostly by Cisco.  I think this was true in Season 1.  But there are also characters/villains, and this comes to my mind during seasons 2 and 3, that already have their names, like Zoom and Savitar.  It is true that the villains on the TV show are well known in the world of DC Comics.

120default Re: Darren's TV Projects for 2017 on Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:53 am

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Thank you for this precision. When I've watched "Invasion", I've discovered that Barry's ennemies are (generally) not aliens. So, what kind of ennemies are they ?

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