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Since bursting onto the pop-culture landscape over a decade ago, Darren Criss has made his unique mark in the entertainment industry - across stage and screen, for music and acting.



Darren exploded into the internet’s subculture as both an actor and songwriter for the YouTube viral hit A Very Potter Musical in 2009 and in 2010 went on to become a fan favorite on FOX’s massively successful musical series Glee as Blaine Anderson. He worked again with Ryan Murphy in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Criss' portrayal of spree killer Andrew Cunanan received acclaim from critics, and earned him an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries, or Television Film.

He starred on Broadway in multiple shows, including his debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as J. Pierrepont Finch and most recently in David Mamet’s American Buffalo alongside Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell.

Since starring in his breakout role as Blaine Anderson on TV’s Glee, Criss has since gone on to star on the screen, stage, and beyond. This year alone has seen him in the spotlight for many live performances- at America's biggest birthday party “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, opening for the Grammy winning cappella group Pentatonix at the Hollywood Bowl in late September, and mostly recently for a very special holiday performance at State Farm Park in iHeartLand. He also starred in American Buffalo on Broadway alongside Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne and Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, and co-hosted the 2022 Tony Awards: Act One with Julianne Hough.

Criss has continued to write and produce music extensively through the years, whether for his own releases as an artist or as a songwriter for theater, film & television. In 2015, his songwriting landed an Emmy nomination for Best Original Music and Lyrics, from penning the song “This Time” for Glee’s series finale. In 2019, he created, executive produced, starred in, and provided all the original songs for his short-form musical comedy series Royalties, and earlier this year provided the music & lyrics for the opening number of the 2022 Tony Awards: Act One. As an artist, he most recently delivered a genre-diverse collection of "character-driven" singles as part of his 2021 solo EP titled “Masquerade” (BMG) , and in the same year, released a full-length Christmas album titled- aptly- A Very Darren Crissmas (Decca).

Making his Broadway debut in 2012, Darren replaced Daniel Radcliffe in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2015, he took on the role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch replacing Neil Patrick Harris, and also headlined its national tour. He is a co-founder of Elsie Fest, touted as New York City’s first outdoor music festival celebrating tunes from the stage and screen.

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Darren Criss STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2024
Oliver

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2022
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2021
Seymour [Replacement]

[US Tour]
Broadway National Tour, 0
Hedwig

[Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Hedwig [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2011
J. Pierrepont Finch [Replacement]


Darren Criss Movies

A Very Potter Musical
[ 2009 ] Harry Potter
Me and My Dick
[ 2009 ] Writer
A Very Potter Sequel
[ 2010 ] Harry
The Chicago 8
[ 2011 ] Yippie Man
Starship
[ 2011 ]
Girl Most Likely
[ 2012 ] Lee
A Very Potter Senior Year
[ 2013 ] Harry
The Wind Rises
[ 2013 ] Katayama - Voice
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
[ 2013 ] Sutemaru - Voice
Stan Lee's Mighty 7
[ 2014 ] Micro - Voice
A Very StarKid Reunion
[ 2015 ]
Flop Stoppers
[ 2016 ]
Speech & Debate
[ 2017 ]
Sydney's Adventure
[ 2018 ]
All You Ever Wished For
[ 2018 ] Tyler Hutton
Midway
[ 2019 ] Eugene Lindsey
Music Music Music
[ 2019 ]
Show of titles
[ 2021 ]
Justice Society: World War II
[ 2021 ] Superman / Clark Kent - Voice

Darren Criss TV Shows

Little White Lie
Toby Phillips
Eastwick
Josh Burton
A Very Potter Musical
[ 2009-2010 ] Harry Potter
Cold Case
Reuben Harris '69
Archer
Mikey, Tommy
The Cleveland Show
Hunter
Web Therapy
Augie Sayles
Web Therapy
Augie Sayles
American Horror Story
Justin
Glee
[ 2010-2015 ]
Glee
[ 2010-2015 ] Blaine Anderson, Noah 'Puck' Puckerman
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Sideswipe
:Dryvrs
Samual
Supergirl
Music Meister
The Flash
Music Meister
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
[ 2014-2017 ] Sideswipe, Son
American Crime Story
Andrew Cunanan
Wayward Guide
Ryan Reynolds
Wayward Guide
Ryan Reynolds
Royalties
Pierce
Hollywood
Raymond Ainsley
Yasuke
Haruto, Additional Voices
Trese
Marco Guerrero, Marco
Rick and Morty
Naruto, Bruce Chutback
Green Eggs and Ham
Looka

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Photos: Rita Moreno Surprises Ariana DeBose at Concert in Napa Valley

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Video: Watch Fantasia, Darren Criss & More in PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH

The 44th annual edition of A Capital Fourth was broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol last Thursday, July 4. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the National Independence Day celebration featured all-star musical and patriotic performances from pop, country, R&B, classical and Broadway artists. Watch the celebration now!
Preview: CINDERELLA'S CASTLE at the El Portal Theater

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Ariana DeBose to Kick Off Broadway and Vine's 2024 Concert Series

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Wake Up With BroadwayWorld July 1, 2024

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Video: Helen J Shen Explains What MAYBE HAPPY ENDING Is All About

In just months, Broadway is getting a new romantic comedy in Maybe Happy Ending, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Darren Criss and Helen J Shen. What's the new musical all about? Shen just explained on the red carpet for the 15th Annual Jimmy Awards. Watch in this video!
July 4th Viewing Guide: Ben Platt, Kelli O'Hara, Fantasia, & More

Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this year's celebration, BroadwayWorld brings you a guide to this year's Fourth of July television specials, featuring performances by Fantasia, Darren Criss, Kelli O'Hara, and more.
Boston Summer 2024 Arts Offerings Include Musicals, Plays, Concerts and More!

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Verity Hunt-Ballard, Natalie O'Donnell, and More Join Australian Cast of DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Following an exhaustive national search, Sydney Theatre Company and Michael Cassel Group have revealed the spectacular array of Australian theatre icons and dazzling newcomers who will star in the Australian premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN premiering at STC's Roslyn Packer Theatre from October 12. 
The 92nd Street Y, New York Announces 2024/25 Tisch Music Season

The 92nd Street Y, New York has announced its 2024/25 Tisch Music Season, featuring a diverse lineup of world and U.S. premieres, innovative musicians, and multidisciplinary collaborations across various genres.
Kelli O'Hara, Alex Newell & More to Star in Lyrics & Lyricists 2024/25 Season

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Stella Cole Returns to the Avalon Theatre This Month

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Interview: John McDaniel and Betty Buckley Talk Playing Provincetown in JOHN MCDANIEL'S BROADWAY SERIES

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will headline the opening night of this year’s John McDaniel’s Broadway Series, at Provincetown Town Hall on June 23, and McDaniel, the Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning music director, composer, arranger, and producer wouldn’t have it any other way.
Photos: Inside The 84th Annual Peabody Awards With Mel Brooks, Billy Crystal & More

On June 9th, the entertainment industry came together to celebrate the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2023. Winners were chosen by a unanimous vote from over 1,100 entries in television, podcasts/radio, and the web/digital in entertainment, news, documentary, arts, children’s/youth, public service, and interactive programming. See photos from the event!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld June 10, 2024

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Darren Criss and Wife Mia Welcome Second Child

Darren Criss and his wife, Mia, have welcomed their second child. Brother László Criss was born on June 6. BroadwayWorld congratulates the couple on the new addition to their family!
GWYNETH GOES SKIING Will Embark on UK and Ireland Tour

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Video: Watch Darren Criss and Helen J Shen Perform 'When You're in Love' From MAYBE HAPPY ENDING

The producers of the new romantic musical comedy Maybe Happy Ending have released a new music video of the song “When You’re in Love,” starring Darren Criss (“Oliver”) and Helen J Shen (“Claire”) by Will Aronson and Hue Park, directed by Michael Arden from the upcoming musical. Watch the video!
Darren Criss to Voice Character in GABBY'S DOLLHOUSE

According to reports, Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Darren Criss will be voicing a character in the next season of the preschool series Gabby's Dollhouse. Criss will be playing Marty the Party Cat, whose magical tail can change the Party Room. He is described as a character who 'loves to sing, dance, play games, and throw confetti.'

Darren Criss FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Darren Criss been in?

Darren Criss has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Darren Criss been in?

Darren Criss has not appeared in the West End.

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