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Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Darren-Criss-Matthew-Morrison-Ethan-Slater-and-More-Will-Lead-TodayTixs-Dramatists-Guild-Foundation-Benefit-Concert-20180912Broadway World wrote:
Darren Criss, Matthew Morrison, Ethan Slater, and More Will Lead TodayTix's Dramatists Guild Foundation Benefit Concert
Sept 12, 2018
TodayTix will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a concert to benefit Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) New Voices program, on September 24th at 7:30pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The evening will bring together the elements that have helped bring TodayTix to its five-year anniversary -- the artists, the performances and the audiences. Hosted by Darren Criss ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), the concert will feature stripped down musical sessions, in an intimate setting, by Mark Ballas (currently starring in "Kinky Boots" on Broadway, "Dancing with the Stars") with his wife and other half of music duo Alexander Jean, BC Jean, Erich Bergen ("Madam Secretary"), Ariana DeBose (Tony Nominee, "The Donna Summer Musical"), Kathryn Gallagher (Lifetime's "You," "Spring Awakening"), Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award winner), Matthew Morrison (Tony and Emmy Nominee) and Ethan Slater (Tony Nominee, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical"). Benjamin Rauhala will serve as Music Director.
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The concert will kick off at 7:30pm EST at National Sawdust, a dynamic home for artists and new music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are available now exclusively on the TodayTix app and website. General Admission tickets are $55 for standing room or $149 for VIP Lounge tickets, which includes access to the reserved VIP Lounge, a pre-concert cocktail reception and autographed commemorative poster from the show's cast.
Profits from ticket sales will directly benefit DGF's New Voices program. In alignment with TodayTix's mission to make theater more accessible, the New Voices program brings trained teaching artists into classrooms, where they lead students in the collaborative creation of their own plays. This empowers students to discover the power of their own voices, helping theater to thrive for years to come.
To learn more about TodayTix, visit www.todaytix.com or download TodayTix for iOS or Android.
Elsie Fest promo, One Fine Day, and intro to Matt Morrison - TodayTix DGF Benefit - National Sawdust - September 24, 2018
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glaad: The stars were out last night to stand against bullying at @tranterjustin’s #SpiritDay kick off concert. Thank you to everyone who is supporting LGBTQ youth today and every day!
Source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/craig-zadan-honored-at-star-studded-tribute-1160387The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
Tears, Teens, Tony Winners and Slew of Standing Ovations at Craig Zadan Tribute
November 12, 2018
Speaking of timing, Darren Criss guided audience eyeballs from the screen above to the stage below where he said that Zadan never missed a beat when something happened in his life, “big or small.” Within seconds of landing an Emmy nomination (and eventual win) for his role on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Criss said he received a text from Zadan that he read aloud. “Wow, so proud. I love you and I’ve always believed in you.”
Criss then performed the Frank Sinatra classic "I Believe in You," which he knew well from his earlier collaboration with the Storyline duo on their first Broadway show, the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Source: http://www.playbill.com/article/over-200-000-raised-for-theatre-education-at-gala-honoring-late-producer-craig-zadanPlaybill wrote:
Over $200,000 Raised For Theatre Education at Gala Honoring Late Producer Craig Zadan
November 12, 2018
Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, and more were on hand to share performances and personal rememberances.
The Educational Theatre Foundation honored late producer Craig Zadan and his producing partner Neil Meron at their annual Thespians Go Hollywood gala in Los Angeles last night, which raised more than $200,000 in Zadan’s memory for the theatre education non-profit.
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On hand to share anecdotes and musical performances were Kristin Chenoweth singing “‘Till There Was You”; Sean Hayes, who sang “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” with Chenoweth; Harry Connick, Jr., singing “When I Get My Name in Lights”; Darren Criss, singing “I Believe in You”; Megan Hilty, singing “Don’t Forget Me/Let Me Be Your Star”; Jennifer Hudson, singing “I Know Where I’ve Been”; Audra McDonald, singing “Climb Ev'ry Mountain”; Bernadette Peters, singing “With So Little to Be Sure Of”; and Amber Riley singing “Home”; along with Robert Greenblatt, Kenny Leon, Marc Shaiman, Debra Messing, John Stamos, and Nia Vardalos.
Celebrity Autographed Balsam Hill Ornaments | eBay
Celebrity Autographed Balsam Hill Ornaments / EBAY
Balsam Hill Ornament Signed by Darren Criss for Operation Smile
Starting soon!!Young Changemaker Live Panel with Darren Criss & Franchesca Ramsey | Clorox
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Source: https://parade.com/724620/meganoneill/after-glee-and-an-emmy-win-darren-criss-shares-what-comes-next/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitterParade wrote:
After Glee and an Emmy Win, Darren Criss Shares 'What Comes Next'
December 14, 2018
It was Criss’ charisma that led Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy to the actor for this year’s breakout role as Andrew Cunanan, the narcissistic serial killer whose ’90s murder spree included the killing of Gianni Versace. “I just knew he had the ability to go dark,” Murphy told the New York Times.
Over nine episodes of the FX crime anthology American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Criss’ performance was revelatory. “We’re exploring such a complex and complicated character, which really gets to utilize all the things that actors wake up for in the morning,” he told Parade. “Your canvas is huge, and your palette is so vast—you’re not playing with primary colors, you’re playing with hues of every imaginable color on the wheel, and that’s the kind of thing that all actors dream of doing.”
We caught up with the 31-year-old, who is gathering accolades and nominations aplenty this awards season, to talk finding common ground with a serial killer, the phenomenon that was Glee, and launching an initiative with Clorox that’s supporting young community leaders through $75,000 in grants, called “The What Comes Next Project.”
Thanks to a transfixing performance in American Crime Story, you’re now an Emmy winner! And recently nominated for both a Golden Globe and a SAG award. Would you consider this role to be your best to date?
I’ve been lucky enough that every time I’ve had a job, I feel like it’s the greatest job that I’ve ever had. They’re all just unique to themselves because they appeal to different people. But his one has an unfair advantage. It has a mix of things that I’m sort of not in control of. One, it’s an amazing story. It checks a lot of really perfect boxes for an audience. It has all the classic makings of things that have interested us for hundreds, if not thousands of years—it’s very Greek, it’s Shakespeare, it’s sex, it’s glamour, it’s murder, it’s drama. It’s all the things that titillate our darkest, perverse hearts and appetites, you know?
But it also talks about very real social issues and touches upon very important questions that I believe have significance to audiences now. So we’re not exploiting a story for the sake of spectacle—there’s substance there, there’s something that is worth discussion, and that’s really important to me.
And the supporting cast and team.
That’s not even mentioning the people involved! The writers, the people behind camera, obviously the stellar cast, the world curated by Ryan Murphy—all these sort of titans of industry throwing in their best work to create it.
And then there’s the fact that Ryan Murphy has the profile and cache that people will actually watch the show. When you’re dealing with him, you’re dealing with an A-team that is ensuring that the work you’re doing will be seen, and that’s a nice thing to know. Just to be a part of a project that kind of checks all of those boxes is such a luxury and such a privilege. There’s a lot of reasons to be thankful. So I guess in that regard, it really was one of the most fortuitous roles of my life.
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After Glee, a phenomenon for many people, what changed?
I think it’s less to do with the fact that it was known around the world, and more to do with the fact that the people interested in it are very enthusiastic. Had I been on an equally successful cop drama that was a little more adult, I wonder if the engagement may have been different, even though the exposure might have been the same? So you never really know. I was lucky enough to be part of a teen phenomenon that harnesses a raw unbridled power that comes once in a blue moon.
Riding that wave was a wild ride. And sure, that sort of changed things, but [American Crime Story] has been such a stride for me. This show appeals to a lot of people completely different than [the Glee] demographic. And I finally get to connect with a lot of people that I felt very distanced from for a long time. I think that this show has given me a new lease on life on their radars—a lot of people who wouldn’t have known me from Adam are now familiar with my work, and I can’t even describe that feeling.
Outside of your Broadway, television and film career, you’re also helping launch the “What Comes Next Project” with Clorox. Why were you attracted to this initiative?
Well, I will say that any kind of brand alignment for actors or people with a public position, is something that I’ve always been very wary of. But Clorox presented this idea, and it was sort of a no-brainer. They’re highlighting young people who are working as leaders in their communities to create some kind of positive change through the power of cleaning. I think it’s the artist in me that is always looking for the things behind what we see on the surface. You think of Clorox, and you think cleaning products, but I really admire the idea that they were chasing the more profound value beyond the immediate utility of what the company is known for.
In talking with some of these young leaders, how were you inspired by what they’re bringing to their communities?
These are all people who are using cleaning to really start anew, help people create a new canvas for success and for fulfillment. They’re embracing this notion that a simple thing can go quite a long way. Things that a lot of us who have these basic human resources at our disposal kind of take for granted—just how much having a pair of clean clothes can affect your day to day life, how a clean working space or living space really affects the way we view ourselves and what we bring to society. And that’s something I was very moved by. I’ve always been a proponent of leadership, and in light of the holidays, it’s a nice healthy dose of inspiration in the spirit of giving back.
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