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To see Darren's SAG-AFTRA / Broadway World interview with Richard Ridge, go here:  https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/Backstage-with-Richard-Ridge-American-Success-Story--Darren-Criss-Opens-Up-About-His-Career-on-Broadway-TV-and-More-20181213

(Sorry, I can't copy the video.)

I thought Darren gave a fantastic interview!  I  thought his words were eloquent and full of thought.  He was humble, funny, and charming.  I liked what he said about the reasons why it was important to Ryan to do this project, The Assassination of Gianni Versace:  American Crime Story, with the core reason why the project was so important to Ryan is because Ryan is very interested in social issues and the issue of homophobia that is prevalent in society.  The story was hilarious too, how Darren texted an ellipsis plus a question mark, and Ryan's equally hilarious reply text, "why, did you sell a pilot or something?"  haha!  laugh until you cry   It's sweet how Darren wanted to share how each of the other Emmy nominees in Darren's category inspired Darren, and contributed to Darren's  life and Darren's education in acting.  Richard Ridge is so kind too--calling Darren's Emmy speech flawless and his Emmy win was so well-deserved.   I also loved how in response to Richard Ridge's question of the best advice that Darren lives by, Darren mentioned that's it's important to know the name of the camera person and getting to know the folks who were on the ground with you--those folks whose job it is to make your life better--how it's important to make that effort.  And it's so great that Richard Ridge knew that Darren was always like that--that Darren always made that effort to get to know everyone's names, that Darren has always done that.  And then Darren credited his parents for that.  And I think that is just so fantastic, how his parents instilled in Darren the importance of kindness and of recognizing everyone's worth, of embracing how every person matters.  One of my absolute favorite things about Darren is this.  (I remember Darren was in a photoshoot with a respected magazine, I think it was The Hollywood Reporter, with a group of prominent actors collected for a group shot.  I think the theme was recognizing how important supporting actors are to their shows.  So here was a group of respected actors, and I can imagine Darren was pretty star-struck with all these important actors gathered together and that Darren was selected to be a part of this prestigious group of actors.  But the thing that really struck me was that I saw a photo or maybe it was a video of Darren shaking the hand of the photographer for that photoshoot, and I thought, that is just so Darren, to recognize the importance of this photographer who is working hard to make this photoshoot of these respected actors go smoothly.  heart)   I wish more people were like this, because if that was true, this world would have a lot less people suffering, don't you think? 

I like the loud voice from the audience at the end of the talk, yelling "bravo!" 

Anyway, I really, really enjoyed this interview and I thought Darren did a outstanding job.  thumbs up :bravo








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richieridge: Congratulations @darrencriss for your @sagawards nomination. Look for my just filmed Career Conversation with Darren @sagaftrafound @officialbroadwayworld To a packed audience of actors Darren was honest, insightful, funny and charming. It was a master class.

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SAG-AFTRA Foundation conversations on Broadway with Darren Criss at The Robin Williams Center on December 10, 2018 in New York City.

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Richard Ridge and Darren Criss speak during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation conversations on Broadway with Darren Criss at The Robin Williams Center on December 10, 2018 in New York City. 

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I also wanted to add this pic of Richard Ridge of Broadway World with Darren when Darren was doing Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.  :happy face

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richieridge: Preston and I with the dazzling @darrencriss who takes @hedwigonbway to new heights!! @bbbway #darrencriss #richieridge #hedwigonbway

May 7, 2015

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Note:  Kathy Henderson was the Senior Editor of Broadway.com for seven years, is a freelance writer and a contributor to Broadway.com and BroadwayDirect.com, and was the Editor-in-Chief of InTheater Magazine.





A nice review from The Backlot:
The Backlot (now known as NewNowNext) wrote:
Review: Darren Criss Takes on "Hedwig"

I can only ever approach Hedwig with a combination of awe and trepidation.

The first time I met her, back in her off-Broadway original incarnation, my worries were all about, “What’s this crazy sounding musical we’re going to? And who is this John Cameron Mitchell carrying the show?” Worries that were of course unfounded, as I quickly became enamored of the show, of Mitchell, and of Hedwig herself.

Flash forward 16 years … I’m going to see Neil Patrick Harris, newly opened in Hedwig: Broadway!, and my worries had less to do with him as a performer (I knew he’d be fantastic in the part, and he was, even better than I’d hoped), and more about how the show would translate to the big, bad Broadway stage. And like so much in her life, Hedwig rose to the challenge and shined.

And then … then I heard that Darren Criss was cast as Hedwig. And all I could think was, “Uh oh.”

Let me get this out there right now. I am a huge Darren Criss fan. I’ve seen every episode of Glee. I’ve watched him serenade Chris Colfer to “Teenage Dream” about a thousand times and swooned every time. Heck, I’ve watched — multiple times — A Very Potter Musical, which I think is pure satiric musical genius. But Hedwig? No way. He’s too young, I thought. He has no edge, I thought. A disaster in the making.

Well once again, Hedwig surprised the hell out of me. From the moment he descends from the rafters in full Hedwig drag, it’s clear Criss has got this, fully in command of the role and already interplaying with the audience in a confrontational way that’s crucial to the show’s success. Right away, you get the feeling that Criss — and Hedwig by extension — are fully living in this specific performance, with you as his her specific audience.

That clear sense of Criss’ comfort with the role was only reinforced the night I saw the show, when miking problems plagued the initial few moments. Criss not only worked around them effortlessly but turned them into a spontaneous opportunity for hilarious ad-libbing, quipping, “I thought this was supposed to be a Broadway show … not Doctor Zhivago.”

The first big surprise, though, for me came in the opening musical number. True Hedwig confession time: Hedwig’s opening number, “Tear Me Down,” has never been a favorite of mine. But Criss’ off-the-charts vocal chops and energy made the song new to me and a highlight of the show. The same was true of the other hard rock/punk numbers. If Criss was a bit more subdued (although still very good) on the ballads, he truly excelled on the more hard hitting songs in a way that made them as emotional as they are energizing. This was true of “Angry Inch,” but most especially of the finale number, “Midnight Radio,” where Criss fully becomes Hedwig’s male alter-ego, Tommy Gnosis.

While that song, and Criss’ performance there, are the strongest of the night, that’s not to detract from his performance in full Hedwig regalia. There was never a moment here where, as I feared, I’d see only see Darren Criss on stage in a wig and a dress, or Blaine for that matter, in some Vocal Adrenaline competition stunt, creeping into the performance. Instead, Criss was fully committed to — and indistinguishable from — Hedwig from beginning to end. And yet, also a different Hedwig than I’d seen before.

There’s perhaps no getting away from the age difference. Criss is younger than the actors who’ve portrayed the character before, and references in the show to the fall of the Berlin Wall and albums only reinforce the disconnect. But Criss makes his youthful energy work for the character. This Hedwig might lack NPH’s salacious leer, or JCM’s worldly weariness. But she’s a Hedwig in her own right, seizing her opportunity to be front and center before a live audience and clearly basking in their adoration. She’s the sweetest of the Hedwigs, and the audience eats her up like gummy bears.

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When Criss and Jones joined the stage in their climactic duet — he looking jaw-droppingly hot in short shorts, she a confidently wigged Hedwig stand-in — the audience bursts into exuberant cheers. This is a Hedwig that can only fill one with glee.

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richieridge: Preston and I with the dazzling @darrencriss who takes @hedwigonbway to new heights!! @bbbway #darrencriss #richieridge #hedwigonbway
May 7, 2015
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Note:  Richard Ridge is the host of the TV program Broadway Beat and Backstage with Richard Ridge at BroadwayWorld.com

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