Darren Criss in Hedwig

maxkko Profile Photomaxkko Profile Photo
maxkko
Stand-by
joined:11/17/13
Stand-by
joined:
11/17/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#1
Posted: 4/13/15 at 4:54pm
Updated On: 4/13/15 at 04:54 PM
Alex M Profile PhotoAlex M Profile Photo
Alex M
Broadway Star
joined:11/16/13
Broadway Star
joined:
11/16/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#2
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:19pm

I'm excited but i don't like the picture.

ClydeBarrow Profile PhotoClydeBarrow Profile Photo
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/20/12
Darren Criss in Hedwig#2
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:21pm

That picture is HIDEOUS.

"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
mariel9 Profile Photomariel9 Profile Photo
mariel9
Featured Actor
joined:4/1/15
Featured Actor
joined:
4/1/15
Darren Criss in Hedwig#3
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:21pm

I'm not excited and that's a terrible picture. Why does it creep me out?

Cupid Boy2 Profile PhotoCupid Boy2 Profile Photo
Cupid Boy2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/13
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/5/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#4
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:23pm

He actually looks a lot better in drag makeup than what I was expecting.

LizzieCurry Profile PhotoLizzieCurry Profile Photo
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/7/05
Darren Criss in Hedwig#5
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:26pm

Was this a rush job? It feels completely different from the other ones.

"This thread reads like a series of White House memos." — Mister Matt
maxkko Profile Photomaxkko Profile Photo
maxkko
Stand-by
joined:11/17/13
Stand-by
joined:
11/17/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#6
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:28pm

It almost looks like they photoshopped makeup on his face....

Alex M Profile PhotoAlex M Profile Photo
Alex M
Broadway Star
joined:11/16/13
Broadway Star
joined:
11/16/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#7
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:29pm

I think that's what they did.

Updated On: 4/13/15 at 05:29 PM
SweetLips Profile PhotoSweetLips Profile Photo
SweetLips
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/13
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/23/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#8
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:29pm

Pic.not at all sensual-totally 'flat'-just looks like a footy bloke in drag.


Maybe better when mobile.

Elfuhbuh Profile PhotoElfuhbuh Profile Photo
Elfuhbuh
Broadway Legend
joined:3/23/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/23/14
Darren Criss in Hedwig#9
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:30pm

"He actually looks a lot better in drag makeup than what I was expecting."


 
Right? In a way, it makes him look older. (Which he needs for the role anyways.)

"Was uns befreit, das muss stärker sein als wir es sind." -Tanz der Vampire
mariel9 Profile Photomariel9 Profile Photo
mariel9
Featured Actor
joined:4/1/15
Featured Actor
joined:
4/1/15
Darren Criss in Hedwig#10
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:32pm

Hmm, yes, just compared it to NPH, Rannells, and MCH. Darren's is smooth and flat. The other three all have texture. And facial expressions. And a dark background. (The dark background actually makes a pretty big difference in the mood of the shot.)

FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/22/03
Darren Criss in Hedwig#11
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:37pm

I look forward to reading and hearing all about this launch of Hedwig for a new generation, which is what Darren Criss will do if his run is a success.


 

Can you hear me now? Twitter: @NamoInExile
Jane2 Profile PhotoJane2 Profile Photo
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/13/04
Darren Criss in Hedwig#12
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:40pm

All I see in that picture is a young guy with an attitude. Not Hedwig at all.

<-----I'M TOTES ROLLING MY EYES
Sutton Ross Profile PhotoSutton Ross Profile Photo
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/20/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#13
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:53pm

Aw, baby looks 12.  Looking forward to seeing the amazing Rebecca Naomi Jones though!

Dilettante
pmensky
Understudy
joined:7/18/11
Understudy
joined:
7/18/11
Darren Criss in Hedwig#14
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:53pm

It's an odd choice for a publicity photo.  It reminds me of a selfie that a frat boy would take on his way to a Halloween party.  

DAME
Broadway Legend
joined:4/15/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/15/04
Darren Criss in Hedwig#15
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:56pm

He can't act and has no stage presence. As witnessed in his previous outing he was all performance ( and a bad one) and no substance.  This will probably be the screaming girls of "How to.."  all over again.   They don't care about Hedwig.  They want to see Darren Chris.  Well good for them and I hope they enjoy. To anyone with real theater savy in their blood this is a real waste of money and time.  The pic is a good representation of what you will probably get.   Just my opinion. 

HUSSY POWER! ------ HUSSY POWER!
Updated On: 4/13/15 at 05:56 PM
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/22/03
Darren Criss in Hedwig#16
Posted: 4/13/15 at 5:59pm

If the "screaming girls" bring their best guy friends, the ones who don't hit on them like the jocks, and the boys they do theater with at school, THOSE are the people I want to have a chance to see Hedwig.  And Darren Criss just might give them the opportunity.

Can you hear me now? Twitter: @NamoInExile
skies Profile Photoskies Profile Photo
skies
Broadway Star
joined:5/11/12
Broadway Star
joined:
5/11/12
Darren Criss in Hedwig#17
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:00pm

I have no problem with Darren himself being young,  but there is only so much you can modifty the actual Hedwig persona per the play.  It can't be some sort of glamorous star turn or youthful rock n roll persona.


His background is both tragic/weathebeatten  for all the wear and tear Hedwig went through, and that has to come through in the performance.   So that isn't somehting that can be tweaked with a line here and there.


However waiting until I see Darren's performance to make a final judgment.

"when I’m on stage I see the abyss and have to overcome it by telling myself it’s only a play." - Helen Mirren
Updated On: 4/13/15 at 06:00 PM
DAME
Broadway Legend
joined:4/15/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/15/04
Darren Criss in Hedwig#18
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:04pm

"If the "screaming girls" bring their best guy friends, the ones who don't hit on them like the jocks, and the boys they do theater with at school, THOSE are the people I want to have a chance to see Hedwig.  And Darren Criss just might give them the opportunity."


 


 


You just want to see the boys they bring.  Darren Criss in Hedwig  

HUSSY POWER! ------ HUSSY POWER!
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/22/03
Darren Criss in Hedwig#19
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:17pm

No, I have no interest in them at all.  That's why I posted that I wanted to read and hear about it, I won't be seeing it myself. (Although I will be seeing JCM once more before he goes.) This won't be a Hedwig for my generation, this will be a Hedwig for a new generation.  I want them to have the same "life changing" experience at Hedwig, and if it's Darren Criss's presence that gets them in the theater, great.

Can you hear me now? Twitter: @NamoInExile
averagebwaynut Profile Photoaveragebwaynut Profile Photo
averagebwaynut
Leading Actor
joined:8/15/08
Leading Actor
joined:
8/15/08
Darren Criss in Hedwig#20
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:18pm

I did the same side-by-side comaprison that mariel did and actually, except for the background, the make-up seems nearly identical to Rannells and Michael C. Hall (NPH's photo treatment hasn't been replicated for any of the subsequent Hedwigs).  I completely understand the skepticism about him in the role -- though I think it best to judge the performance rather than pass judgment before seeing him do it -- and I agree that this isn't as compelling a facial expression as was used with the prior actors.  But as a photograph, other than the background color, the look and whatever post-production has been done is not at all radically different from what we've seen before.

"No matter how much you want the part, never let 'em see you sweat." -- Old Dry Idea commercial
DAME
Broadway Legend
joined:4/15/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/15/04
Darren Criss in Hedwig#21
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:23pm

" I want them to have the same "life changing" experience at Hedwig, and if it's Darren Criss's presence that gets them in the theater, great."


 


I am in total agreement with you. 

HUSSY POWER! ------ HUSSY POWER!
everythingtaboo Profile Photoeverythingtaboo Profile Photo
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/5/04
Darren Criss in Hedwig#22
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:25pm

Darren has a younger, smoother, more tan face, so the probably had to accommodate for it on this set of images. I find it very striking in it's flatness, it more mysterious than the angry sexiness of the previous images.


 


As to his casting, I'm not sure why everyone seems to think they know better than JCM and the creative team, who chose him and are investing time and energy into transforming him into Hedwig. I'm curious and confused about it, but knowing they have faith in Darren excites me about what turn they'll take with him.



"Hey little girls, look at all the men in shiny shirts and no wives!" - Jackie Hoffman, Xanadu, 19 Feb 2008
darreyl102 Profile Photodarreyl102 Profile Photo
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/23/08
Darren Criss in Hedwig#23
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:30pm

Except i am afraid that any message or meaning of the show will be lost with Criss in the role. Nothing will be learned because nothing meaningful will be conveyed

Darreyl with an L!
promisespromises2 Profile Photopromisespromises2 Profile Photo
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
Broadway Star
joined:
5/23/13
Darren Criss in Hedwig#24
Posted: 4/13/15 at 6:33pm

I'm just glad those eye brows are gone.