D is for Darren Criss: Watch him sing Broadway

Darren Criss has performed in only two Broadway musicals, one as a replacement for three weeks; he was about to co-star in the revival of a David Mamet play opening this month on Broadway…before Broadway shut down. But if his Broadway credits are brief, he’s been performing professionally on stage from the age of 10, and writing and composing theater songs for the public since he was an undergraduate theater major. Here he is singing his “Goin’ Back To Hogwarts” from A Very Potter Musical

And then there’s Glee from 2010 to 2015, which featured a mix of pop and Broadway covers,  followed by Elsie Fest, an annual festival he founded in 2015 that has the same mix.

I’m hoping he’ll write a Broadway musical, but in the meantime:

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2011 revival

Criss made his Broadway debut assuming the role of J. Pierrepont Finch from Daniel Radcliffe for three weeks in January, 2012. The video is most exciting with “Brotherhood of Man” starting at around 7:50, with Beau Bridges and company.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014
replacement cast as Hedwig 2015

from West Side Story:
— Something’s Coming
on Glee

— One Hand, One Heart
on Glee with Lea Michele

from Grease: Beauty School Dropout
on Glee

from Follies: Broadway Baby
on Glee, with Lea Michele

from Grease: Hopelessly Devoted to You
at Elsie Fest

From Beautiful The Carole King Musical: One Fine Day
(ok, slightly cheating, since the song didn’t originate on Broadway)

from Les Miserables: To Dream A Dream

from Aladdin: Proud of Your Boy

from Company:

–Getting Married Today
at Broadway Backwards, 2019
performing with Ward Billeisen and Michael James Scott

–Being Alive, at Rosie O’Donnell Show in quarantine, 2020

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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