After 7 years as a fan, I will FINALLY get see Darren perform live… as Hedwig no less. I am beside myself with giddy anticipation. October will be an awesome month for this Darren fan!
I'm so happy for you, Lilikoiluv, that you are getting the chance to finally see Darren in one of his events!!!
I loved Darren in Hedwig on Broadway
. I hope you will love his performance too! I have a strong feeling you will!
Lilikoiluv wrote:My sincerest appreciation will always go out to those fans that have videoed/recorded all of Darren’s performances–from those early pre-Glee small club gigs to his amazing recent endeavors. They will never know just how grateful this fangirl has been as I got to live vicariously through their recordings a bit.
We are so indebted to those fans who share their pics, audio recordings and videos with others who can't attend. It means a lot to us. Some day, I really hope he has some events internationally so that his international fans also can see him live.
I cannot wait to hear your thoughts after you've seen him, Lilikoiluv! I would recommend getting there early and just adjusting to the reality that you really are there to see him perform live.
I know that sounds weird, but when I was sitting in the Belasco Theatre, I swear I could not believe it, that I was finally going to see Darren in something live, in person!
That was the first event that I saw him in person, in May 2015. And when he appeared on stage, it honestly felt a little surreal. I think you are pretty close to the stage too. You know, one thing to warn you about, because I was taken by surprise, is that I think Darren can actually see some of the people in the front section of the audience. I was in the 6th row from the stage and was sitting in an aisle seat, and I had the biggest, stupid grin on my face, when he was singing his first song, "Tear Me Down," because (1) I was soooo happy for him! The energy that he was putting into this song was amazing, and he looked like he was living his dream there on stage!, and (2) I could not believe I was actually seeing him live! Anyway, I had assumed the lights would be too bright for him to really make eye contact with the audience members. It could be just be wishful thinking (not a surprise, right?
), but I honestly think when he was in my vicinity, he made eye contact with me when he was singing "Tear Me Down." After it continued for a few more seconds, hell, then I realized he probably could see me and others in the audience and then all of a sudden, I felt self-conscious. He quickly broke eye contact at that moment. Again, it could just be my imagination, but I have read others saying they felt he had made eye contact with them in the front sections (although again, take this with a grain of salt), so it's possible that he would look for friendly faces in the audience to focus on while performing.
But I’ve always known that recordings cannot ever compare to being there live. I cannot wait to sit in the theater and just soak in the experience of Darren giving and leaving his all on that San Francisco stage along with Lena Hall and the Tits of Clay. <3Enlarge this image
I cannot wait to hear what you think, Lilikoiluv (although I can sorta guess.
)! Having known you for a while and having seen him in Hedwig, I really think it's going to be cherished by you!
Oh and another (possible) tip, although I don't know if this will apply either to the Hollywood Pantages or to the SF theater. When I went to see him in the Belasco in NYC, it was FREEZING! I've been to loads of films and to several theater productions in L.A., and a few in SF when I used to live in northern Cal, but never, ever have I experienced a theater this cold. I was so cold, it was uncomfortable. I was actually shivering with cold. This was in May in NYC and it already was becoming humid and hot outside, but inside, it was absolutely freezing. I neglected to bring a sweater to the theater since it was hot outside. I really did regret that decision. I wondered if the Belasco Theatre did this because they knew all the actors playing Hedwig sweat up a storm, with the lead actor being so physically active in the show. Anyway, bring a light sweater.
Haha! And Lilikoiluv, I LOVE your gif. So funny. :biggrin.png: (And it may be the first time--although vicariously through Darren's potty mouth--I have seen you curse! ha!)
And now I'm curious. What was that gif taken from? What was it that was gong to make Darren cry? Was it being in Hedwig? Or was it playing at the Fillmore in SF for his Listen Up Tour?