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Aw, so Darren and the Hedwig tour said good-bye to San Francisco today (Sunday, October 30).   I can imagine how folks are feeling sad about this.   (Lilikoiluv, don't be too sad.  : it's gonna be ok)  But I am so glad of the great memories that seeing Darren in this heartfelt work of art, that have been gifted his fans, including our lovely Lilikoiluv. 


And I'm so glad--that based on reviews and tweets, including from a few Hedheads who saw him in SF--that Darren has only gotten stronger in the role.   Stupendous job, Darren!     I am sooooo proud of you, man!   


And the next chapter is Darren begins the Los Angeles leg of the Hedwig tour on Tuesday (Los Angeles:  November 1- November 27).   Hubby and I are seeing Darren on Thursday.  I am so looking forward to it.  This will be an evening show (the show I saw on Broadway with him in the role was a matinee), so I am curious as to how that makes a different experience. 






Beautiful pic showing the emotion that Darren is feeling :cry :
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jenndesq:   
darren’s last show in san francisco!! @darrencriss was a beast today & the audience was fantastic!! @hedwigonbway (at SHN Golden Gate Theatre)
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Another great pic.  Love those dark silhouette pics.
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jenndesq:   
stage door speech!  heart (at SHN Golden Gate Theatre)
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More lovely pics:
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jenndesq:
Darren’s final performance in San Francisco! 10/30/2016
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jenndesq:   
Darren’s final Hedwig performance in San Francisco - 10/30/16
October 30 2016   (Source) 
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Since I'm having some difficulty with videos posted on dailydarrennews for some reason, I'll post some videos from Darren Criss Army.


                           
 
yanks02:
Curtain call, 10-30-16.
Thank you Darren.
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Darren after the final performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in San Francisco, October 30, 2016 [source]
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Closing night curtain call of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in SF 10/30/16
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Aw, this is bittersweet.    Such a beautiful message. 
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#hedwigandtheangryinch what a fantastic show! I’ve been a fan of the movie for a long time, and the musical is fantastic! #shnsf #hedwigtour http://ift.tt/2f7fUo8
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# Repost hedwigonbway

Here’s to #darrencriss #lenarockerhall #titsofclay and the best October ever in San Francisco see you on Nov 1 Los Angeles ! http://ift.tt/2f6KMFf
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‏@chengnin     Meeting the amazing @DarrenCriss after @HedwigOnBway! Killed it tonight!




This is really a fantastic comment:
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@nicklulli      Great job tonight, @DarrenCriss --- meant what I said --- you were meant for this role. Thx for signing for @LaurenTacey & me + pic





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hreeser: Such a magical show! #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn

karie2828: It all went according to my plan. We sat down and I told Jennie to sit in the closer seat to the middle. I assessed the row of people and thought, “I bet Hedwig kisses the guy next to her”. Which would be perfect; close but not too close. And sure enough, mid song he comes down from the stage and walks right up to the man sitting next to Jennie. Climbs into his lap and kisses him square on the mouth. He brushed up against Jennie’s leg in he process. Couldn’t have worked out better if I actually had a say in it. #hedwigandtheangryinch #shnsf #matinee #goldengatetheater @darrencriss


Note:  hreeser   also said: 
Finally seeing Hedwig tonight!  I have loved this music since high school.  Can't wait to see it come alive on stage.  #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwig #illustration #sanfrancisco #hedwigSHN







Gleekto saw Darren in SF Hedwig twice, once on Tuesday (October 25) and one on Friday (October 28).   I posted her earlier notes upstream.  Here are her thoughts about the Friday show.

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gleekto:
gleekto wrote:
I am back in real life after a whirlwind week in SF - doing many things including Hedwig. Twice. (cue Hedwig twirl kick and cymbal crash).

I know people like to hear the uniquenesses of each show, and I did a little Tuesday night write up already, so this will focus more on Friday October 28 show and the whole thing…

So whether you like it or not…

1. It all must start and end with how truly incredible Darren is in this role. Sometimes I become so used to the lilt of his Hedwig voice that I forget what Darren sounds like. He is both very funny and truly heartbreaking.

2. Which brings me to Friday night - Absolute dead silence after WLTR. Which is interesting (and powerful) because they have changed the staging a bit to allow for the crowd to clap for Tommy if they are so inclined (as they did on Tuesday, followed by silence), as the transition between Tommy and Hedwig is longer. It was a long, heavy, mesmerized silence.

3. A general change from Broadway is that as Tommy changes back into Hedwig again after WLTR, there is a greater focus on her surprise at the ash silver cross (Tommy’s signature cross) on her forehead - like there is a now clear self awareness that she (Hedwig) has embodied Tommy. This favours the Tommy-is-really-Hedwig in WLTR interpretation of Hedwig that Darren himself has said is his interpretation. It was very effective.


4. So on Tuesday, as was posted by the guy himself, a gay couple was sitting in the front row and one of them (who is a big Darren fan) got the kiss. While Hedwig is routinely asking the kiss recipient about the person next to them - “do you two come together? Oh you do. Maybe we can come as a threesome later” - On Tuesday they actually were a couple and were both nodding enthusiastically, so Hedwig says after that line - “Oh he’s into it!” (pointing to the boyfriend) and then Yitzhak scowled and Hedwig turns to him “Oh, he’s not”. Was very funny. On Friday night the kiss recipient was a big burly guy in the front row. Also hilarious just because idiosyncratic.

5. Shout out to Wig In A Box which Darren has managed to make surprisingly heartbreaking and beautiful every time.

6. So obviously when you’re like many of us seeing the show many times, you know all the jokes that are about to come. On Friday night, there was a guy behind me who clearly had not seen it before and so I got this little gem at the Holocaust jokes:

Hedwig: “I lost an uncle at Auschwitz too. Mind you, he fell from a guard tower but we all suffered….” etc

Guy behind me to person beside him: “Oh my god they went there. Oh my god.”

Hedwig: “Too soon? Too soon, right?”

It was just SO meta. Perfect.

7. The fan experience - Had a lovely fun dinner with @yanks02, @klaineandbiscuits, @jenndesq, and @amelodysosweet and was at the stage door with @yanks02 and @klaineandbiscuits. As everyone has said, this stage door is SO chill compared to NYC. A+. DO recommend. When Darren got to us, I told him that I had come from Toronto to see him, he was amazing etc…, and he thanked all of us for coming from Toronto, which I was then like “just me” and @klaineandbiscuits “I’m from Nova Scotia” (impressed), and I pointed to @yanks02 and said “San Francisco” to which, as you’ve probably read in her post already, she said “I’ve seen the show fifteen times and he said thank you so much and put his head on her shoulder for a moment and yes, he just has sweetness flowing from him. He makes eye contact with everyone. That’s the thing he gives you. And it’s unique really.

8. And I gotta end with it too - He is such a talent, that Darren. Enjoy it, LA. Hedwig’s coming for you.

October 30 2016   (Source)

Fan Experiences During 2016 - Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:30 am

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# Repost ivymelrose

For the first time in my life, I confessed my love for a man. Told him how his first tour 3 years ago was my first concert ever and how my life has changed since then. Also how I supported him as Prince Eric out in LA and came back to support his hometown run of #hedwigonbway here in SF. From falling in love with him on TV as Blaine Anderson to #darrencriss himself on and off the stage… my heart could not be any more full.  http://ift.tt/2f2yQVb
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yanks02:
Look at this adorable picture. He’s signing my glasses that I caught last night and when I told him this was my 15th show of this run, he put his head on my shoulder and laughed and said “oh my god thank you for coming back” *squeaks* (at Hedwig and the Angry Inch at SHN Golden Gate Theatre)
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# Repost jimmay_83
Finally went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch #shnsf then stalked #darrencriss outside the theatre, he’s super nice and pretty #dreamy #anothercelebrity #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #glee #blaineanderson #warblers #celebritystalking #sf #shn #goldengatetheatre #sanfrancisco http://ift.tt/2f2yCNU
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Fan Experiences During 2016 - Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:53 am

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Darren loved my makeup, gave me a hug, and took my phone to take a picture of us. He is seriously the sweetest person ever, he talked to each and every person that had waited for him. It was such a pleasure to see him perform and to meet him after the show heart

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From dailydarrennews:

Forbes wrote:
Celebrity Makeup Artist Mike Potter on Hedwig, Discovering Yourself, and Three Things All Women Need

October 25, 2016

Let’s talk about the current Hedwig, Darren Criss. What does he bring to the show?


What Darren brings to Hedwig is this youthful, rock and roll energy. He’s got the free, open thing that the younger kids have now – they’re so much more accepting these days.
Years ago, you wouldn’t think of a straight heartthrob actor playing this role. It’s actually shocking. He sings great, looks great, and is a little firecracker.








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ffenili: Amazing performance by this #wildcat #hedwig





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minami_e: @marzate91 and I were THIS CLOSE to @darrencriss today! Seriously can’t get enough of this show, and not just because of Darren (but it helps Wink ) #secondrowseats #hedwigSHN #hedwigonbway #hedwigandtheangryinch #shnsf #darrencriss #lastdarrenphotoiswear





Some tweets:


About a performance last week:





About the Tuesday night performance (10/25/16):




























Fan Experiences During 2016 - Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:32 am

Lin wrote:
The fact that he can speak so many languages, even if it's just a few words or phrases, is SUCH an awesome way to make a connection with fans in these short interactions.
(I think this hasn't been posted?) Here he is speaking some German - made me smile even just watching the video.


I agree with you completely, Lin!  It is such a wonderful way for Darren to connect with his fans.  I love how much effort he puts into engaging with his fans.  Thanks so much for posting that cute video (and for posting the translation below!).  Those fans seemed really thrilled to hear him speak Germain.  Very sweet!



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matificara    the most genuine human being!! thank you so much to my favorite person.  love love love talking with you :')





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# Repost ahochhal

Met #darrencriss tonight after seeing the awesome musical #hedwigandtheangryinch. What an awesome dude, taking time to talk to everyone who waited for a sighting.  :heart eyes http://ift.tt/2ez9q1f
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Thank you so much for a great show #darrencriss!! Thanks for taking the time to meet so many of us at the stage door after the show too . #shnsf #hedwigshn http://ift.tt/2dWX4Qm
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Fan Experiences During 2016 - Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:49 am

From dailydarrennews:
Hedwig tour--SF.



Darren at stage door (Tuesday, October 4, 2016).   The video captures how sweet are both Darren and the fan from Australia (Amanda).  He really is the kindest person.  After he finishes talking to her, he moves on to talk to the next fan (who is from Manila!   yea--international fans!)


haleyjames:
my dreams came true!!!! here’s the video i took meeting darren at the hedwig stage door on tuesday the 4th of october :’)
October 07 2016   (Source)







Another video of the same fan, from a different angle.  So sweet--both of them.   He's such a charmer, though, isn't he?  Telling her he is going to name the little stuffed animal, "Amanda." 

haleyjames:
and here’s the full video of the clip taken from my instagram! :happy face

October 07 2016   (Source)





Some pics of stage door October 6, 2016 (Hedwig tour-SF).  It's amazing how many of these fans are impressed with how nice Darren is.  heart


So sweet that Darren talked with this boy about the Legend of Zelda.  Darren always tries to find a way to connect with the fan as a person.  Much respect.
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anztooner 
[size=13]Yes that is @nathanoriger with @darrencriss! Nathan absolutely LOVED Hedwig and the Angry Inch! And Darren Criss was amazing and so nice! He talked with Nathan about Legend of Zelda while signing! #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #anzphoto3652016 #photoaday #photooftoday #photo3662016[/size]





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[size=13]samuelrosariojr  Great show, great artist, great human being!  Nice to meet you
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wickspicks  We met Darren Criss!! Such a sweetheart and really funny.  #darrencriss #hedwigandtheangryinch #hedwigshn #shnsf #musical #theatre #theatrelife #actor






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backstabberlie  The sweetest human being in the whole wide world.  [/size][size=13]@darrencriss  @hedwigonbway #darrencriss #hedwigonbway #hedwigandtheangryinch #sanfrancisco




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Thank you for posting that review, Joy.   applause   Nice review of Darren, Lena, and the production team.

Yes, Darren is superb! 

And this made me laugh:   "His leg muscles practically have their own leg muscles."  Razz



And thanks Lilikoiluv, for posting the fan reviews.  Glad to hear that Darren's parents were there on Opening Night to show their support.  Now, we know why Darren is so kind.  His parents are so thoughtful and caring. 

Referring back to one of my posts, about a comment from these two friend who saw Hedwig on Opening Night together.
@Poppy wrote:I thought this comment was really interesting.  I'm not sure, but I don't think she was previously a fan of Darren.  She and her friend are artists.  Her comment was very perceptive, about not meeting many actors, and that she found it interesting to meet an actor who may inhabit different characters ("interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes.  I don't meet many actors.  That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.")


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chachasikes At @kmimagine’s insistence we waited in a line to meet the cast of @hedwigonbway / and then how sweet that was because we were able to thank @darrencriss for his soulful and rockin performance as Hedwig. It’s was special and for many reasons & feels like the New Year began. Interesting to meet a person and see a mix of lives flicker back and forth in their eyes. I don’t meet many actors. That must be necessary to be Hedwig & he was perfect.  “try & tear me down”


Note:  Her friend who went with her to the show posted this comment on chachasikes's instagram:

kmimagine   "Admittedly jealous  of your moment.   But I think he knew you were someone special who appreciated the purity of his art form ; ) also what a gent saying hello to ALL of his fans."






Dailydarrennews posted more comments from them.  I especially like that comment from chachasikes.

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kmimagine  "They had a moment which I failed to capture but @darrencriss also thinks @chachasikes is awesome ; ) #hedwigandtheangryinch @shnsf"

chachasikes  "It really was special.  I feel like the ghosts of Hedwigs-past flow through me."






Joaquin tweeted.  Was he there?






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francofinn  What an unbelievable unique show, #hedwigandtheangryinch & amazing performance by @darrencriss  Takes a great actor/singer/performer to do what he does! Bay Area's own too...another amazing show @shnsf  Deserves 2x woop woop!  #shnsf #sanfrancisco #theater





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rebekahdamaris  [size=16]Last minute tickets = after party invites and @darrencriss Hedwig has fullfilled and surpassed my dreams. Always and forever love this show. #thankyou #hedwig #dream #goals #connection #ilostcoolpoints #shnsf #bae #theater #future[/size]




                                                                 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tour at SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco:   October 2 - 30, 2016.





I did not know at all that there was a dress rehearsal for tonight in SF!   YEA!

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costalotta16 Front row at Hedwig dress, nbd. #darrencriss #shn #saturdaywiththehomies #theater





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Beautiful and potentially haunted home for the next 5 weeks. #shnsf #hedwigtour http://ift.tt/2dOxsJg

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