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Exclusive: Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Darren Criss and More Performing at DNC Tonight | Playbill
A host of Broadway stars will perform the hit Broadway for Orlando single “What the World Needs Now” July 27 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alice Ripley, Ben Vereen, Tyne Daly, and Emmy winner Debra Messing are among the Broadway stars who will perform “What the World Needs Now” July 27 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. History was made July 26 when Hillary Clinton was named the first woman to be nominated as a major party candidate for the President of the United States.
They are among nearly two-dozen stars who will unite for the performance that will take place between 8 PM and 9 PM EST.
Also slated to appear and perform are Kristin Bell, Darren Criss, Stephanie J. Block, Adrienne Warren, Len Cariou, Richard Kind, Tom Wopat, Wilson Cruz, Michael Longoria, Lena Hall, Rosie Perez, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Nicholas Callaway Foster, Olga Merediz, Michelle Collins, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Sharon Gless, Roz Ryan, Mary Ann Hu, Anika Larsen, Margaret Stallings, Eve Plumb, Montego Glover, Michael Urie, Carmen Cusak, Darius de Haas, Melissa Errico, Janet Metz, as well as Broadway for Orlando creators Van Dean of Broadway Records, Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley, and their daughter, Juli Wesley.
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GUYS! Darren Criss…YES, Blaine from GLEE! will be joining John Podesta at the San Francisco for45 Reception. Tix start at $45.
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While celebs rehearsed on the convention stage for their song, “Glee” star Darren Criss asked another singer to take a photo as he ran to the middle of the stage and jumped in the air.
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Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ The person doing the introductions mentioned how overwhelmed and unprepared they were by the response to just a single Facebook entry about the night’s event. All 700 tickets were sold within 24 hours of the announcement, and they had to figure out how to fill the ticket requests from so many different places. lol. I guess they were unaware of the power of Daily Darren News’ eye for all events/things Darren, and Darren’s fandom. They know better now. ha!
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Glee was mentioned as part of his introduction, with applause. When the topic of StarKids came up later, Darren said, “I was thinking earlier during the introduction, if you wanted a really big reaction, you should have mentioned StarKids.” *loud cheering* Darren looked so proud of himself after that reaction.
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Peter Devine: “I was amazed when I saw you totally transform into Hedwig so completely that I forgot it was you. How do you do that?”
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Darren: “I could never know how it felt to be gay and having to come out to your friends and family, but I’ve felt unsure, insecure, and scared, and I can use that to convey the character’s emotional journey.” He then went on to explain how that is true for tapping into any kind of character.
Lilikoiluv wrote:Peter’s recommendation for Chuck noted that he was an athlete and the work he did with the elderly. Darren added that Chuck was a very good pole vaulter, and smiled as he mentioned that one of the reasons Chuck took it up was because he thought it was funny. He also shared the story of how Chuck decided to take up the banjo during his senior year of college, then became skilled enough that he joined “The Freelance Whales” as a banjo player. Darren said that he wished Chuck was there to hear all of the things in Peter’s letter, and Peter said he would send/give him a copy.
Darren’s hilarious imitation of Chuck and how he’s easy going and willing to try different things: “This is Chuck: ' . . . . . . Uh, Okay!' ”
Lilikoiluv wrote:Peter then shared a bit of his College Letter of Recommendation for Darren. He said that he wrote it on December 31st after panicking upon finding an email request from Darren dated December 30th. Darren laughed at that and added that it “probably was due by January 1st”. lol. Darren said “bless you for spending your New Year’s Eve writing a letter of recommendation for me.”
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Peter asked which St. Ignatius teachers made an impression on him. Darren mentioned several that were there that night. He then said a teacher that made a huge impact on him was a man that he took a course in Commedia dell’arte (sp?) which included physical acting, which he loved. The teacher apparently was a bit “different”, and Darren wasn’t sure of the circumstances that surrounded his leaving, but that teacher and class made such an impression on Darren that it compelled him to take a year off (wasn’t it a semester? He said year though) to study it in Italy. I find that interesting, because Darren’s physicality as Hedwig (and even as Blaine) is just stunning to behold.
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ When asked about his old haunts around the school, Darren mentioned one room (I forget what it was called) but it was used by the students who did the school paper and it was a fun place to go and jam because he remembers no teachers were ever around there to supervise. He laughed at that. (Sounds sort of like Dalton,no?)
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Darren to the students in the audience: “High School is insane. My highest regards to you all. People don’t realize that not only do you have a full day of school, which your body and brain are exhausted by the end of the day, but then you are required to participate in extra-curricular stuff otherwise you’re not worth anything. I just want you all to know that you will get through all of it. It is not the only definition of your true worth.”
♥ “Do what you love and surround yourself with people also passionate about the same thing. No matter if it’s the arts, literature, science, . . . ”
♥ “When you graduate from college, move to where your friends are. You’re still going to be unemployed and scraping by, but at least you’re with your friends as you do so.”
♥ “It doesn’t matter where you go, the important thing is to make the most of the opportunities that emerge and enjoy everything that your location has to offer.”
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Darren shared how growing up within the San Francisco theatre culture, the theatre guys would watch over him, “the cute baby-faced youngster”. Because of those experiences, he now feels an affinity for those youngsters he works with/meets in the field now. It made me smile to think about how he got the “Stranger Things” boys (Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin) to perform at Elsie Fest and how much fun they all seemed to have had. And also how Darren seems to really enjoy working with/encouraging young performers through workshops or just words of encouragement to fans he meets.
Lilikoiluv wrote:♥ Peter Devine ended the chat with James Lipton’s infamous question from “Inside the Actor’s Studio”:
Peter: What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? (I think he purposely left out the "if heaven exists" start of the original James Lipton question. lol.)
Darren (with a smile and in a drawn out, “Well done!” kind of voice: “Duuuude!”
Ha! That was brilliant, and so Darren!
Lilikoiluv wrote:It was such a wonderful event and truly a pleasure to just sit and listen to Darren speak at length about things. I’m very thankful to have been there.
A very blurry pic of Mr. Peter Devine seated and awaiting Darren's (late) arrival:
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I'll be frank, I knew nothing about @DarrenCriss going into the event at SI today, but he is such a kind hearted human. Keep doing you dude!— Jackie (@jackattackks), October 19, 2016
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October 28 2016Wehoville wrote:
WeHo’s Halloween Carnaval: All You Need to Know to Enjoy It
This year’s Carnaval is a celebration of the disco era and will feature DJs at several stations along Santa Monica Boulevard. The DJ’s are listed on Page 2 below. West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and City Council members will host a brief program at 9 p.m. [on October 31st] at the San Vicente stage located at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards to honor “Glee” star Darren Criss as King of Carnaval.
Best known for his role as Blaine Anderson on the hit television series Glee, Criss is currently starring as Hedwig in the national tour of the hit Broadway musical, ” Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which opens at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1.
Criss began his career as one of the founding members of the Chicago-based musical theater company StarKid Productions, where he played the lead role of Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical.”
He has also starred in the Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” has had recurring roles on television’sAmerican Horror Story, “” and made his feature film debut in the comedy”Girl Most Likely.”
Carnaval officially takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday on Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega and Doheny. But unofficially it will launch Friday with private parties and bar events throughout WeHo, with some people celebrating through Sunday night before they hit Santa Monica Boulevard on Monday
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