Darren Criss Finishes Triumphant Run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Last night, actor, singer, dancer, and recent Emmy-nominated songwriter Darren Criss concluded what can officially be called a massive stepping stone in his career. The actor, who previously starred on Broadway for a three week visit in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, finished off his 12-week engagement in the titular role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Criss received almost unanimous praise from fans and critics alike, many of whom who were shocked and awed by the visual transformation that the actor underwent seven times a week. While many knew that the one time Glee star had talent in scores, it was great to see it for a long period of time to see how hardy his voice and body could be.
The role of Hedwig required Criss to sing, dance, and act in a pair of golden platform heels, fishnets, skirts, lingerie, and eventually body-hugging black shorts. The young star's body underwent a miraculous transformation that was seconded only by the immense star power and skill that he showed on stage. Everyone from small-time blogs, Broadway World message boards, to the New York Times and even creator Stephen Trask applauded Criss on his run.
There were some snags, with some jokes that were taken the wrong way by audience members, the now all too common cell phone problems, and a few weeks where sales struggled in an over-saturated market - but it seems like all of the pales in comparison to what is likely known as Criss's greatest performance to date.
Criss's final weekend was met with sold out performances, celebrity guests like Alan Cumming and the Hedwig creators John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, and a plethora of fans from all around the world, according to Broadway World. Throughout his run, Criss gained the respect and admiration of the Broadway community at large, something that can be quite difficult to do in a world where talent supersedes celebrity or good looks (both of which Criss has).
Even better, Criss's fans raised over $12,000 for the The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which helps with LGBTQ youth service programming with life-saving initiatives in New York. Criss has long had a well-known legion of loyal fans who follow his every move. Criss has been ever gracious at talking to them, and sometimes stayed for hours after performing just to sign Playbills and talk to his fans. He couldn't sign after his final show, because of the sheer number of bodies, but he did go out in style, on top of his car:
July 20, 2015
Reviews and Comments from the Media (and from members of the media) about Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway
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An article from NYU Student Newspaper (I am only including an excerpt about Darren; to read about the other Broadway actors who played Hedwig, click on the link):
Many Hedwigs and the Angry Inch
September 8, 2015
Darren Criss was the youngest Hedwig at 28, and it was unclear whether or not he could handle the chops of this show. Though a little callous with some of the subtler jokes, he had a convincing and moving grasp of the variety of deep feelings. He also brought back a much needed energy and physicality to the pulsing core of the show.
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Diggs and Hall captured the personal characterization of Hedwig best, but Criss had the best physicality, sharing the unofficial title of best vocals with Harris.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” finishes its run on Sept. 13 at the Belasco Theatre, starring Taye Diggs.
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23 Re: Reviews and Comments from the Media (and from members of the media) about Darren in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway on Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:39 am
via adorkabledarrencrissCriss delivers so much more than just a good vocal performance. He transforms completely, and for nearly 90 minutes, we don’t see a single element of the actor at all. We watch Hedwig. He embodies her so completely that at the end, when Hedwig is stripped bare, there is a moment of total and utter silence as the audience tries to rectify the man standing before them with the outrageous, funny, bitter and vicious, Hedwig that we’ve been watching. He is a true master at bringing all Hedwig’s pain and anger to the surface, and it manifests itself in each and every song, whether loud and intense or soft, slow and heartfelt. He is quick to deliver off the cuff banter as well as rehearsed come backs which one would only realize were planned if seeing the show more than once. ✗
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