This is a fan forum to discuss Darren Criss\'s career and his public activities, including his theater, film, and TV projects, his music and musical performances, charitable work, interaction with fans, and interviews.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: DISAPPEARING IMAGES
For anyone reading this forum, there is a problem that popped up in January 2017. First, I noticed this forum's logo pic disappeared, and then I noticed many pics which I found on tumblr (mostly dailydarrennews), that were posted in this forum in the various threads, disappeared as well.
Lin has been assisting me and she discovered that Tumblr changed the URL on the images that disappeared. Lin has arrived at a fix that brings back the images. She is truly a tech wizard! THANK YOU SO MUCH, LIN!! I appreciate your help so much!!
I managed to restore almost all of the missing images from all the threads of the forum.
There were a few pics that I was not able to restore, primarily in this thread (the Darren Appreciation Thread: General News about Darren for 2016), because the code of the images was unfamiliar to me (the code did not seem to be based on tumblr images). If I was unable to restore images in your post, I will leave a note saying this in your post.
I apologize for the missing pics. If you are a member, you may click on the links to see the images from their various sources. If I missed some images, feel free to PM me, and I will try to see if I am able to restore the images.
To current members: If you see some of the images in your posts have disappeared, this is most likely why. If you see I have edited any of your previous posts, it is because I am applying Lin's fix to your post, to restore the missing images in your post.
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From friday night - April 28, 2016 | "Darren Criss! Such a nice guy." Source
A nice pic of Darren with Tom Hiddleston.
Tom Hiddleston and Darren at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception - April 30, 2016 | Source
Darren went to see Dear Evan Hansen with Jenna. Darren's U of Michigan friends, Pasek and Paul wrote the music.
Jennaushkowitz: Thanks @darrencriss for making me your date tonight to this superb new musical with the most incredibly talented cast and crew… the most gorgeous music from @benjpasek and @justinpaulmusic and a remarkable performance by @bensplatt who left everything he had on the floor of that stage. I love theatre. ❤️
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:
ciscabecker: 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
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Young Actors’ Theatre Camp Masquerade Gala - May 21, 2016 in San Francisco Source | More info on their Facebook (Darren’s info isn’t up on it yet though)
via yanks02: Darren will not be attending this event.
Darren recorded a video congratulating a young man called Paul DeVincenzo about Paul's role in a short film. Here is the video with Darren's message to Paul. The video is posted by Young Actors Theatre Camp, which is located in the San Francisco bay area.
Young Actors Theatre Camp
And here is the companion video that is really heartwarming, where you see Paul's sweet reaction to Darren's video.
Young Actors Theatre Camp
I remember that Darren had visited the Young Actors Theatre Camp in 2011. Enjoy this video of him performing Teenage Dream.
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
Some nice pics of Darren:
[UHQ] Darren Criss at DaMan Magazine’s 9th Anniversary Party | source
HQ | Darren Criss at DaMan’s Anniversary Party on May 11th, 2016 | source
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
June 3, 4 & 6: The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets
*October 4-30:Hedwig and the Angry Inch at SHN Golden Gate Theatre (SF) Tickets
**Nov 1-27: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Hollywood Pantages (L.A.) Tickets (currently only available for season packages)
Darren will be absent from some of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch shows.
*For the San Francisco shows, Darren will be absent on these dates: Wednesday matinee, October 5 at 2pm, and Wednesday evenings, October 12, 19 and 26 at 8pm. | Source
**For the Los Angeles shows, Darren will be absent on these dates: Sunday, November 6th at 6:30pm; Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm; Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm, & Friday, November 25th at 8:00pm. Source
Darren should be at the Maize & Blue show on Broadway tonight. Hope we get some pics and videos.
My Not Alone tee was barely out of the bag and LEGO Blaine Warbler set up a stage on it. Amazingly, he remembered all the lyrics! Hehehe. hellomaleka
In honor of tonight’s Supergirl season finale and tomorrow’s return of The Flash – Barry and Kara team up to visit McKinley High School on Earth-3 in search of the elusive (or not so elusive) Nightbird. hellomaleka
Part 2 of the Search for Nightbird on Earth-3: Looks like they’ve found Nightbird… or did they? hellomaleka
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Some nice pics of Darren relaxing in Indonesia. I'm sure he had lots of fun, as well as rest and relaxation.
Look how broad Darren's shoulders look in this pic. Working out for Hedwig?
mypatronusisklaine: From Mitchell Mccormack’s snapchat
I like how squinty Darren's eyes are in this pic. That means he's happy (or the sun is in his eyes. ). I saw a funny comment on a blog (yanks02 ), that Darren should enjoy the chest hair while he can. Once he's in Hedwig, . . .
Another cute smile:
mypatronusisklaine: moriokamizukiHello: Darren Criss! Thank you for flying with China Airlines
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I cannot express how very relieved I am that DCN (darrencriss-news) is available again!!! Thank goodness! Alex's site is such an invaluable resource of Darren's past activities. In the past, when I needed something, I would just search the tags. But without DCN, . . .
I do feel bad that he is carrying the financial burden alone for maintaining the site/reserving the domain. I sent in an "ask" to him if he would like us to send donations (maybe via PayPal?). I would be happy to help, and I'm sure other Darren fans who could afford it would feel the same way.
Here's a nice pic of Darren. I really like his outfit. I'll put it in the photos (past) thread too. I don't remember what year this was taken or for what occasion (fashion show attendance?).
sararye: OK NO YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SO SICK OF THIS BULLSHITHOW IS IT THAT EVERY TIME I THINK I’VE SEEN THIS MAN AT THE PEAK OF HIS ATTRACTIVENESS THAT THERE IS NO WAY HE CAN LOOK BETTER THAT ANOTHER GODDAMN PICTURE POPS UP WHERE HE LOOKS BETTER HOTTER SEXIER SCRUFFIER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER SEEN BEFORE WHEN WILL HE STOP
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Tomek Miernowski is a friend of Darren. I believe that he was in Darren's band for the Listen Up Tour and also at Elsie Fest. Not sure if he is from U of Michigan, although I think he is. This instagram is from Tomek.
tmierno A young Hollywood actor brunches in the West Village. 2016, Canon AE-1.
Here is a pic of Tomek with Darren backstage after a Hedwig show on Broadway.
tmierno: Yeeeaaaaa!!!!!! This kid had me beaming with pride. Something tells me @darrencriss may hit the big-time someday…. [July 17, 2015]
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An article in OC Register about The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl.
"Concert Version of 'The Little Mermaid' will pack them in at the Hollywood Bowl"
"Darren Criss knew people adored the animated Disney musical 'The Little Mermaid,' but the announcement recently of a special live version at the Hollywood Bowl – with Criss as Prince Eric, the human love interest of the mermaid Ariel – really drove home that point, he says.
'Of all the things I’ve ever done, whether it was a show on Broadway or a tour, I have never in my short career had my email, phone and all my connective tissue to the outside world be so saturated and blown up as the day that thing got announced,' says the 29-year-old singer and actor known by many for his role as Blaine Anderson on 'Glee.'
'People love – LOVE – "The Little Mermaid." Big, bold letters, underlined.'
[…] Criss expressed similar sentiment for a movie that meant and still means so much to him he apologized several times for not being able to express himself as well as he wanted.
'I grow inarticulate in trying to make clear how big of a (bleepin’) deal that movie is to guys like me,' Criss says. 'I remember trying to write a bio for the program for this and it was hard for me to encapsulate how significant that movie is to my life without sounding hyperbolic or too cheeseball.'
How big a fan is Criss of 'Little Mermaid' and the Disney musicals? At college in Michigan he used to play Disney songs during brunch at a local cafe, and one day – well, let’s let him tell it.
'So of course I’m playing "Part Of Your World" (from "Little Mermaid") and Alan Menken just walks in,' Criss says. 'And part of me was just, "Oh, sorry, man, I’m so sorry," because you know I’m playing it in my own style.'
Menken apparently didn’t mind: 'He gave me a hundred dollar bill,' Criss says.
'Not only did it change the cultural landscape, but for my generation it’s basically our "Frozen,’'' he says. 'The one mutual friend we all have is the Little Mermaid.'" OC Register
Looks like Darren is doing his best to stay in shape for Hedwig)?
alliecohen: Love having @darrencriss in class– he always brings his “A” game– this is #post @barrysbootcamp #abs day!
Have some Darren from 2010 and Darren in 2016. He looks good in both pics. I like his hair more in the 2016 (but love his Harry Potter look in the 2010 pic ).
See the Cast of ‘Glee’ on Their First Red Carpet Vs. Now! It’s hard to believe that Glee’s been off the air for an entire year! And even harder to believe that it first premiered seven years ago! Most of the cast walked their very first red carpet around the time the show debuted in 2009, but other’s were in the spotlight before the series started.
Darren and Mia are at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival 2016 (in California). They have a huge line up of music artists, new and legends of the past. bottlerocknapavalley
Cute pic of Darren and Mia.
mypatronusisklaine: MiaVonGlitz: In da houseee tonight. #bottlerock
**** Aw, I laughed at this video of Darren being his fun-loving, music-loving self. It even made my husband laugh. Wish I could embed the instagram video from Darren. But here's the link to his instagram: darrencriss instagram video #1
And another cute video from Darren's instagram, of him singing and playing piano, somewhere near the Bottlerock festival. darrencriss instagram video #2
**** And Darren, being the polite person that he is, thanking the cafe.
And a Warbler (season 2-the originals) reunion at the festival! Yea!
And Darren sharing the fun at the festival with fans via social media.
darrencriss: I felt it all over. Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest living artists ever. Period. What a joy to behold @bottlerocknapa
And Darren supporting Chad of A Great Big World, with this gorgeous song and video. Did you know that Chad shared with the world that he has MS? I wonder if this song is related to this song. No way to know, but it's a beautiful song. (Edit: The message posted with the youtube video indicates it is related to Chad's refusal to just give up, MS or not.)
Another "thank you" from Darren, this time to Da Man. I love how considerate he is.
darrencriss: Still catching back up on sleep from a great Jakarta/Bali trip. I have @daman_magazine to thank for the good times and a warped sleep cycle! #daman#daman9th shoutout to @mitchellmccormack and @ronaldliem for finally making it happen after all these years. Mia and I had a great time.
Nice to see Telly and Adam Shankman's support, and that Heather Morris is following Darren.
Kenyan Boys Choir, Demi Lovato and Darren Criss - Skyscraper at WEDAY 2013
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So Darren is selling a new T-shirt through Represent.com (the same site that we were able to get the "Not Alone" t-shirt).
It's a cute shirt, with Darren's cute 16-year old face. A portion of the proceeds will go to a good cause, Musicians On Call.
And one of the things I love about Darren, is how much he is comfortable with himself. He simply embraces himself as he is. He whole-hardheartedly embraces his inner dork (and in this case, his outer dork, as his face on a t-shirt). Come on, he has to, since he has his sweetly funny 16-year old face (which he described as love-sick over Ariel) on a t-shirt for other people to wear. It's both amusing and touching, especially given that part of the proceeds will go to a wonderful cause, Musicians On Call.
@DarrenCriss: Going live on https://facebook.com/darrencriss soon to take Disney requests and talk #thelittlemermiad
Buy a limited edition Darren Criss Tee on Represent.com
So I missed all the excitement of the Live Stream. I snoozed, so I losed (and that's not a real word). But thank goodness Darren made a video on his Facebook (and thank you dailydarrennews for posting it on Youtube!)!
He cracked me up at the beginning of the video, when he was talking about his photo on the t-shirt:
"This is a picture of me my sophomore year of high school . . . This is me at like 15, 16 years old . . . saying 'I'm in Love with a Teenage Mermaid,' because that's exactly the look on my face that I would have said that with, when I was 16, and it's still the same expression on my face when I'm basically almost 30." ha!
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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
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The auction closed at $2,250 (over the $1,500 estimated value). The proceeds go to Musicians on Call.
Yea! So wonderful that some more funds were earned for this worthy cause. Also, congrats to the highest bidder, for the 2 free tickets to The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, on June 6, AND for being able to meet Darren backstage that night! I'm guessing you must be quite pleased.
Nice tweet from Mia, with very cute photo-comparison to Prince Eric and Ariel.
And Darren posted an instagram with an attached photo that started a funny conversation with his pals, Tyler Oakley (love their friendship), Luke Edgemon (a Glee connection, and who has such a wonderful singing voice of his own, was on The Voice), cute and talented Kevin McHale and Justin Mikita (who happens to be the husband of Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
dailydarrennews captured this humorous exchange.
darrencriss I generally keep to myself when it comes to fitness & social media but whatevs dude I’ve been a certifiable Barry’s addict for a while now and I wanted to shoot some love… Fun exciting weekend ahead of me- so gettin it started right with @alliecohen & @barrysbootcamp. Love the workout, love the community!
Darren’s IG Post | Luke Edgemon’s GIF
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