Try and Tear Him Down! Meet Broadway's Newest HEDWIG - Darren Criss!
As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this afternoon, GLEE's Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, April 29 at the Belasco Theatre. Criss, who has proven he's undoubtedly in a class of his own, with success online, onstage, and on screen, will replace show creator and original star, John Cameron Mitchell, when he dons the wig.
With the news exciting GLEE, 'HOW TO SUCCEED,' and theatre fans all around, BWW welcomes Criss back to Broadway with highlights from his stellar and ever-growing career below!
Criss, musician, composer and actor, currently stars as Blaine Anderson on Fox's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Glee. He made his Broadway debut in January of 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. With Criss at the helm, the revival made just over $4 million, which proved to be the most lucrative three weeks of its 11-month run.
Prior to his rise to stardom, the San Francisco-native pursued a BFA in Acting at the University of Michigan. In his senior year, he and his friends created what would become the viral YouTube hit, A Very Potter Musical. With that same group, Criss and his writing partners founded the now Chicago-based theater company, StarKid Productions, whose works have spurred multiple Billboard charting cast albums, and sold-out national tours. Their original show, Starship debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Cast Album, for which Criss composed and penned the lyrics. His additional film, TV and stage credits include Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening, The Wind Rises with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Web Therapy, ABC's Backstage with Disney on Broadway, Michael Feinstein's New Year's Eve Special on PBS as well as hosting duties for the NewNowNext Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He also opened, along with the Warblers for the Barbra Streisand MusiCares tribute.
Following initial reports, Criss took to Facebook to personally share the news, and his excitement!