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Darren Criss Explains His Songwriting Process, Sings Examples & Shares Sondheim Story

Darren Criss Explains His Songwriting Process, Sings Examples & Shares Sondheim StoryBroadway headliner and Glee breakout star Darren Criss explains his own personal songwriting process and sings some of his favorite songs to date as part of a new fan interview.

Comparing writing pop songs versus theatre music, Criss relates, "It's really a case-by-case thing."

Elaborating, Criss shares, "When you are writing for musical theatre, it's a little different because you have characters already allotted out for you - and you have a scene and a goal and a character; and, a character has a literal voice and a vernacular and there's all of these things."

Furthermore, Criss opines, "You are basically painting-by-numbers - a lot of the groundwork has been laid for you."

Additionally, Criss says, "I think it's actually easier and more fun to write for characters than writing for yourself, which is a much more personal and more difficult thing to do."

And, Criss even shares a candid and instructive story shared with him by a master songwriter in his own right, the one and only Stephen Sondheim!

Plus, Criss reveals "Granger Danger" written for a Team Starkid project is one of his personal favorite compositions to date, as is "Human", a standalone song he wrote as a teenager.

Check out the full interview here.

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.