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TECTONIC AT 25! A Benefit Production Directed by Moisés Kaufman Hosted by Jane Fonda This is a one-night-only theatrical event featuring excerpts from Tectonic’s plays, including: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde The Laramie Project 33 Variations I Am My Own Wife The Tallest Tree in the Forest Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical El Gato con Botas London Mosquitoes Plus a sneak peek at a new play in development! Star-Studded Cast to be announced.
November 7, 2016 at 7 pm
Honorary Host Committee
Sally Field, Sir Ian McKellen, Jonathan Groff, David Hyde Pierce, and Darren Criss.
[b]The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, June 6, 2016[/b]
Videos (June 6 performance)
"If Only" with Jodi Benson, Darren Criss, Norm Lewis Lewis, Tituss Burgess (June 6, 2016)
"Her Voice," June 6, 2016
From @DarrenArmy, this PopSugar article has a video of every song performed in The Little Mermaid Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: Every Single Magical Performance From the Little Mermaid's Live Concert (PopSugar.com)
Videos From dailydarrennews (June 6 performance):
Nice video clip (1 minute long) of "Her Voice" dailydarrennews (Video. Her Voice. 6/6/16) "[b]brentisbored: @darrencriss’ final performance as Prince Eric 6/6/2016 #littlemermaidlive"
A very cool compilation of snapchats, includes Darren singing "Her Voice," "If Only," and backstage video of Darren and John Stamos listening to Susan Egan and Brad Kane singing (A Whole New World), and a funny backstage moment between Rebel and and Darren. dailydarrennews (Video Compilation) [b]Snapchat compilation of Darren at the Little Mermaid Live - June 6, 2016 [From Perez Hilton, John Stamos, Rebel Wilson, Disney Examiner, Disney Music, Ashley Sutherland-Winch] [/b]
Cute video of Darren dancing with Jodi Benson at curtain call, singing Under the Sea. dailydarrennews (Video, Jodi Benson and Darren dancing. by ahhelga) [b]ahhelga: "Last night, at The Little Mermaid show, which was A-MAZ-ING (esp. from where I was sitting), Darren started doing a little jig at the end with Jodi Benson. It was too, too cute." [/b]
Another video of Darren dancing at curtain call to Under the Sea dailydarrennews (Video-Darren dancing at curtain call. lucy8675309: "Hollywood Bowl final bows"
[size=13]Video of Darren with fans at The Little Mermaid after party. It gives you a look at how beautiful the setting was. dailydarrennews (Video- Darren at the after party) [/size][size=13]"allenwaiserman: WHEN DARREN CRISS ASKS TO TAKE A SELFIE WITH YOUR FRIEND @iolaninani. @mayrel_lani & I DIED" [/size]
Videos From @DarrenArmy:
Ok, another adorable video of Darren dancing briefly with Jodi at curtain call, singing "Under the Sea." Source (Video)
Someone tweeted that Max Adler was at The Little Mermaid tonight (June 6). Max has been such a wonderfully supportive friend. Source (with Photo): "I did meet Max Adler #littlemermaidlive#gleefans supporting @DarrenCriss tonight"
Tweet from Georgia King, who was on Ryan Murphy's The New Normal TV show. She's been very supportive of Darren. She went to see him in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway DCN: (photo)
Note: Susan Egan played Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award). She also was the voice of Megara in the animated film, Hercules.
For the June 6 performance, Susan Egan will open the night, along with Brad Kane (who was the singing voice of Aladdin in the film). ohmydisney
dailydarrennews fallenjunkie: Darren and John Stamos backstage at The Little Mermaid via Ashley Sutherland-Winch’s Snapchat
dailydarrennews brentonchase: Darren Criss June 6, 2016 Little Mermaid final performance
Cute pic of Darren dancing with Jodi Benson
The Little Mermaid Live - June 6, 2016, 2016 Source
dailydarrennews "@ericspiderbrady: @DarrenCriss and @thejodibenson knocked it out of the park last night!!! #LittleMermaidLIVE"
Note: This pic (above) is from Christopher D. Barnes, who played the voice of Prince Eric in the animated film, The Little Mermaid. How very cool!
Photos with Fans (June 6, 2016)
I don't post all of the photos of Darren with fans. I usually pick photos that I find interesting or striking, or with nice or interesting message.
This is an exceptionally cute photo of Darren with a fan. He looks so euphoric (of course he is, he's about to sing with the original Ariel, Jodi Benson!).
dailydarrennews "Kelsey Rose @DarrenCriss love u boo favorite human being"
Another photo with Christopher D. Barnes, who played the voice of Prince Eric in the animated film, The Little Mermaid.
X "It happened again! Thanks, @DarrenCriss for being so amazing. Perfect end to my trip to L.A."
X "This picture is actually my favorite. We were trying to figure out if my friend took the picture. @DarrenCriss"
dailydarrennews tessantoniuk "This. Is Darren Criss. I am so incredibly happy I finally got to meet him. He is so talented, funny and just a generally amazing human. Thank you for tonight. #purebliss#tesrahtakesla"
[b]rcwood123:[/b] "This incredibly talented guy made this weekend a blast @darrencriss and his whole team is amazing"
I posted this pic, to show how good-natured Darren is, humoring his fans.
@tess_antoniuk: "Dog selfies with @DarrenCriss last night cuz he makes an adorable puppy "
(2) dailydarrennews Video Two more videos of Darren at the Hillary Clinton rally in Sacramento - June 5, 2016 [x|x]
(3) dailydarrennews Video @shmoland: .@DarrenCriss - “Thank God for Hillary Clinton.” @TheStateHornet
Darren Criss at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Sacramento on June5, 2016 (x|x|x|x)
Klaine in the news:
Blaine and Kurt, Glee. Their couple name is so perfect–Klaine! So short and sweet and wonderful–that they kind of had to end up together. Oh also they were an inspiration to plenty of struggling teenagers across the country. But that name though! | TV’s 50 Greatest Couples Ever
Darren being his usual, supportive self and congratulating people on their Drama Desk Awards (held last night, Sunday).
Christopher Fitzgerald starred in Girl Most Likely with Darren, but Darren has been a fan of Christopher's work for a while. Christopher won "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical" for his work in Waitress.
Cynthia Erivo won "Outstanding Actress in a Musical" for The Color Purple
And Darren's U of Michigan friends Pasek and Paul won "Outstanding Lyrics" for Dear Evan Hansen
[size=16]The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, June 4, 2016
Review by a fan of the June 4 performance- The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid in Concert - June 4 - My Experience[/size] dailydarrennews juleswritesthis:
Just got home from watching the Little Mermaid . What an incredible show and wonderful experience. What struck me is the majority of the audience were adults (mostly 20′s and 30′s if I were to guess). And we were all watching the movie raptly as if the first time. And though I would guess that most have seen the movie folks were still delighted by the characters and charmed by the film.
The actors were awesome. First Sara sounded amazing, truly was fantastic. Titus looked like he was having a ton of fun. My section was clapping and singing Under the Sea in unison. Also his Sebastian accent was spot on. The kid that played Flounder was adorable and very talented. Norm Lewis who played King Triton had the booming Broadway voice and though his solo was short he sounded incredibly powerful. Rebel Wilson was hilarious, she kept winking and hamming it up to the audience. At the end of her solo Sara took her hand and they left the stage hand in hand. It was adorable. John Stamos was fantastic. He took the conductors baton and started waving it around during his solo. The audience went wild.
Then there was Darren. Oh wow that man has a strong presence and so much charm and charisma. At the beginning of the show he walked out in shorts, a shirt and King Triton’s Trident. My friend turned to me and said, “I thought he was playing Prince Eric.” I’m like yeah but it’s Darren. LOL. Anyway he introduced everyone and of course when it was his part he said the whole “me.” Her Voice is probably my least favorite song from the show but he did great and I loved that he played the guitar as well. Darren really shined during If Only. All 4 actors sang beautifully. I especially loved when Sara and Darren had their little duet during the song and the screen showed them next to each other though they were standing apart on stage. Really cool. Anyway Darren was fantastic and his voice soared beautifully at the end of the song.
After the intermission there was a violin solo by Sandy Cameron. She was unbelievable. She played a medley of the LM soundtrack, accompanied by the orchestra, and she was walking and dancing as well. We were all awestruck by her talent and energy.
Another favorite part was when Sara introduced Jodi Benson. The crowd went crazy, like totally nuts. Then she said she would like to sing. I had tears in my eyes. This woman’s voice is so much a part of my childhood that listening to her live felt like a dream. What an incredible moment. I don’t even know how to describe the feeling. I’m so glad she was included.
Alan Menken started the show with a medley of his songs, from Aladdin, to Hercules, to Little Shop of Horrors, to Newsies and Galavant and many others. What a dream to listen to the man who has created so much of the music that I grew up and that I still cherish until today.
I’m so glad I got the chance to see the show and experience the magic. I’ll never forget it.
Videos - June 4 Performance
Her Voice (full song), June 4- dailydarrenews darrenburr: Darren singing Her Voice at the June 4, 2016 show.
Two nice clips of Darren singing "Her Voice," June 4. "Her Voice," June 4-dailydarrennews wiseshots: Small clip of @darrencriss singing #HerVoice at #TheLittleMermaid last night. #darrencriss
And her second video: "Her Voice," June 4-dailydarrennews wiseshots: Another small clip of @darrencriss from last night #darrencriss#thelittlemermaid
June 4- Darren introducing Alan Menken. dailydarrennews ehhmuhhhhh snippet - introduction by darrencriss
Nice set of clips from dailydarrennews:
Some of my favorite pics, Darren with King Triton's trident. I think TiburonWriter took these?
ehhmuhhhhh finale the little mermaid
These are really nice close ups. The middle one is particular is adorable.
dailydarrennews crossmyharts: darren looking precious during bows last night.
I'm guessing Darren is smiling at Alan Menken as he enters the stage for curtain call?
dailydarrennews brentonchase: Little Mermaid June 4, 2016 at the Hollywood bowl
Nice group pics:
dailydarrennews rebelwilson: Sooooo much fun working with this incredible cast! And singing such incredible material! Thanks Norm, Josh, Darren, Sara, Sandy, Titus and John and Thanks Alan Menken for being such a lovely genius x ps final show MONDAY at the Hollywood Bowl!!
taylor.bragg: if only you guys knew what happened right before this photo was taken @darrencriss @tay_bragg: @DarrenCriss aka pretty much the nicest person I’ve ever met. thanks for being so cool this weekend
More pics of Darren with fans at the Da Man Anniversary Celebration in Indonesia. There are many more pics at dailydarrennews. I just wanted to post some of the pics that I liked, many of which had some nice messages.
With the super nice @DarrenCriss#DAMAN9th#DarrenCriss Source
WHAWHAWHA LAST NIGHT WAS UNBELIEVABLE I MET BLAINE IN PERSON
Thank you @darrencriss, you're so humble and super kind. Am a big fan of ya!
iaszzWhoa! Met the gorgeous @darrencriss last night! As one of the #gleeks , this opportunity is one in a lifetime moment! I thank @daman_magazine for this precious time and of course @tantodjuhartono for the invit
[size=13]Some nice pics of Darren:
[/size] [UHQ] Darren Criss at DaMan Magazine’s 9th Anniversary Party | source
HQ | Darren Criss at DaMan’s Anniversary Party on May 11th, 2016 | source
[b]putriarstr: Thanks Lord, It was unbelievable to met my teenage dream @darrencriss after doing my flight. Im a big fan of you! so warm and humble plus very kind to taking this selfie for me. Best of luck for you Blaine! #Gleeks#blessedbeyondword
ronaldliem: At @daman_magazine anniversary party with our special guest @darrencriss and our event partner @irwanmussry . Thank you Darren for joining us all the way from LA and to Irwan who had been a friend and supporter to #damanmagazine from day one
Some pics with others attending who met Darren and their nice comments:
[b]ciscabecker:[/b] Tonight I got to lock eyes and chat with Darren Criss, aka Blaine Anderson! I was trying so hard to keep my inner Gleek from bursting out and going all fan-girl batshit crazy on him. Of course I failed miserably. #blaineanderson#gleek#DaMan9th
Ron: “Hey Darren, oh my God sorry I’m shaking right now. I’m a fan. But let me begin the interview first before I ask you to sign for me,” Darren: “Ow, thank you! It’s fine!” For a split second I can’t believe this is actually happening. I’m interviewing Darren Criss! Glee star, Broadway actor, singer, composer, Emmy Awards winner! | Source
And I remember photographer Mitchell McCormack for the Da Man Photoshoot long ago.
dramaprincess: Today’s lunch buddies! @ronaldliem @mitchellmccormack @darrencriss - what a treat to spend time with you guys today! See you soon at the @daman_magazine #anniversary#party ! #daman9th co-hosted by @intimestore and @tudorwatch
Nice Words from Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell
"People as talented as Darren don’t come along all that often, so that alone is cause for excitement about his ‘Hedwig.’ What’s really cool to me is that because Darren played her on Broadway, we can launch the tour with continuity and authenticity, but at the same time we can make the show his and take advantage of how truly amazing he is."
- Stephen Trask about the casting of Darren Criss for the tour (Playbill article)
I’m delighted that my brilliant Hedwig sister wife Darren Criss will be in the vanguard of the Hedwig invasion. West coast be warned, Darren takes no prisoners!
- John Cameron Mitchell about Darren kicking off the Hedwig Tour ( Playbill.com)