The music man recently stopped in on The Hoda Show to talk about his latest passion project, which has him strutting on the Great White Way – in heels. He is currently
playing slaying the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony for the role of Hedwig last year, but it’s safe to say Criss is filling the big (or rather, pointy) shoes in 2014’s Best Musical Revival winner.
Here are 3 (of many) reasons why we dig Darren.
1. Criss is a Hedwig and the Angry Inch expert (a Hexpert?).
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch was a show that was done downtown in the late 1990s, and it was this very avant-garde, weird thing,” Criss said. “The Broadway community would really go out on a limb and see this weird rock show…It’s about as rock ‘n roll as it gets.”
2. Criss picked up the violin at age 5 – but never forced his passion for music.
“I think the reason why I loved music so much growing up was because my parents didn’t make me do it,” Criss said. “Music was always a passion for me. I never felt like it was forced.”
3. He’s all about the bro love – and credits his brother with his Hedwig obsession.
“[My brother] Chuck was the guy who turned me onto Hedwig in the first place,” Criss said. “Seeing him opening night was really emotional. I lost it when I saw my brother. I even get teary-eyed thinking about it.”
D’awwww. Listen to more of the interview below!