Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For the love of, Darren Criss.

Off the top of your head if you don't know who Darren Criss is, you better get up to speed.  Over the course of the last couple years there are a few places you might have seen him. Recently he performed at the Capitol Fourth Celebration, that was shown on PBS, about a year ago he debuted on Broadway, playing J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is one of the creators and stars of Starkid, a musical theater production company, on television he plays the role of a very confident, gay character, Blaine Anderson on the hit show Glee. He has just finished his Listen Up Tour with Theo Katzman and Charlene Kaye(and guest performer Michelle Chamuel), hitting 16 cities in 33 days, he has a leading role in Girl Most Likely, a newly released movie, and is gearing up to host the Teen Choice Awards next week with Lucy Hale. For only being 26, he's got it all going on. He can act, sing(like an angel), he's funny and for the icing on the cake, he is incredibly cute! What's not to love about him?

 Glee's Blaine Anderson
He is such an inspiration to so many people. For him, in Glee, he is a straight man playing a gay character. To me, for him to do that it shows that he is confident and comfortable with himself, not only as the actor but his character, Blaine, also, who is an amazing example for anyone. He embraces what makes him him and is not afraid of showing it. Something many of teens have a hard time with. 

I will admit, I have a huge crush on him. I would die to meet him, which has not happened yet but I was lucky enough to see a concert this summer. It was incredible. I honestly don't know how he does it, I saw one of his last shows at the Boston House of Blues(awesome place to go, btw) and yet he had so much energy! He had a show in a different place almost every night and he was giving everything he had into that show. Every single person in that place was into it. Just little things he said and did really turned the show into something I will never forget. Multiple times he referred back to saying something like "if you have no idea who I am and are here because you are being made to, I am Darren and love making music for you guys". As if any of the hundreds of screaming girls who had been waiting in line for hours didn't know who he was. His performance of Teenage Dream(originally by Katy Perry but for anyone who has seen Glee knows that is pretty much his default), literally took your breath away. It was the best song I have ever heard performed live. There was so much energy in the room, so much sound, so much emotion, it was simply amazing. One part to the show, which I had never seen before was that he started and ended his concert singing The Circle of Life. In the beginning you didn't even realize that's what it was, you just kept hearing sounds and rhythms as the members one by one came onto stage. It really took a few minutes to really put it all together, then he started singing and you really knew what it was. What we didn't know was that this was all foreshadowing the end. After hours of entertainment you realized that at the end of what we all thought was his last song, actually was resolving into the final phrases of The Circle of Life, in which he hadn't sang in the beginning. Ending the show with us being able to do nothing but look over at the person next to you and say, "wow".

I will assure you, whether you are young or old, girl or boy, you will not be disappointed after one of his shows! Even my brother, who tries to make me believe he is not into the same music I am, couldn't keep to himself how impressed he was. He really should be on your bucket list. And I am sure he will only get better.

P.S. - I have a few posts I am really excited to share with you guys so keep tuning in! I am going to really start up my blog and get it going. If only there were more hours in a day...

Some pics from the concert - 

My brother and I in the mezzanine waiting for it to start. The girl that took this picture should clearly not be a photographer.. 
This is the line we waited in - it went all the way down the front of the building, around the side and down the back! And, we were not even close to the end!! 
Theo Katzman - come to find out he was also the drummer for Darren Criss. Very talented and incredibly funny!  
Just one of the not-so-good pictures I took of him with my phone.