'Glee' Star Darren Criss Reveals Why He's 'Psycho' About Work

Tue, January 10, 2012 3:18pm EST by 2 Comments

Darren has joined the hit Broadway musical ‘How To Succeed in Business…’ and tells HollywoodLife.com that there’s one rumor out there that’s not true and he wants to clear it up now!

Darren Criss is already bringing in huge box office numbers for his three-week stint on Broadway. The Glee star joined How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying last week as  J. Pierrepont Finch, and in his first week, he raked in $1.4 million and had a full house every night! That’s more than his Harry Potter predecessor Daniel Radcliffe  — and HollywoodLife.com got a chance to sit down with him exclusively at an NYC party in his honor hosted by Calvin Klein Collection and The Peggy Siegal Company.

We asked Darren if Glee has prepared him for such a huge undertaking. (This is his broadway debut, after all!)

“I’m psycho,” he admitted. “I love work so much that I don’t consider it stressful or grueling although it is hard work per say. I mean, it’s apples and oranges. Glee certainly helps you learn things in two seconds. You have to be on your toes and ready to learn things. People are like, ‘Are you going to be able to learn a show in two weeks?’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I usually only have two hours to learn something on Glee, so two weeks is a luxury! Glee has been a great training ground.”

The 24-year-old was recently quoted saying he told his friends to wait until the last week to come see him because he’s nervous — but he told us that’s not true!

“I’m seeing that everywhere, and I was being kind of tongue-in-cheek,” he told us. “You know how the press is: ‘Darren Criss gets nervous.’ I’ve had a lot of friends come to see me, and you know what? Hey, the idea of when you’re doing a three week run show, it’s your job, and I did my damndest to do it — to be at four-month status by the first day. When you have three weeks, you don’t have time to find your way through a show. So I think we came out swinging man; I hit the ground sprinting. I think it’s been as much energy the first night as the sixth or seventh.”

The best part of the night was when Darren took the stage for a surprise performance with Cole Ramstad and The China Town Allstars. We must say our favorite song was “The Coolest Girl” which Darren composed himself!

After Darren is finished with his stint on broadway, Nick Jonas will take over as the lead.

— Chloe Melas

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Posted at 5:15 PM on January 10, 2012  

Not to be rude, but to the previous comment, I don’t think one should criticize Darren’s performance if they haven’t even seen it themselves. Also, Daniel Radcliffe may very well have sold just as well or better on a 3 week run, but Radcliffe has also been an international movie star for the last decade, whereas Criss has been a tv celebrity a little more than a year. That’s impressive to me.

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Posted at 4:21 PM on January 10, 2012  

Wouldn’t call it hitting it at the fourth month running- on the theater boards, he didn’t do well at all, hitting false notes, not hitting the comedy lines. Good to think he thinks he’s doing so well- too bad for the people who paid good money to see him do so unsatisfactory. As for selling more tickets, i think Mr. Radcliffe would easily have sold out as well had he been playing the role for only 3 weeks, as opposed to the 10 months he was booked for. Duh.

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