Thursday, December 16, 2010
Glee is introducing legions of children and young adults (and some older adults, too!) to classic Broadway shows. Shows from West Side Story to Wicked, from The King and I to, yes… Babes in Arms, have all had their spot to shine on Glee.
This jazzy version of “Tramp” is not the only connection between Glee and 42nd Street Moon, nor between Glee and Babes in Arms.
In 1999, 42nd Street Moon produced a concert version of Babes in Arms at The New Conservatory Theater. The young man who played Beauregard Calhoun was a 12 year old aspiring actor by the name of Darren Criss. Here is his bio:
Now here is Darren Criss and Chris Colfer singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” on last week’s episode of Glee, where Darren has become a regular cast member. (Incidentally, Darren also sang "Where or When" for his audition for Glee.)
I was so proud when I found out that the newest cast member of this show got his start right here at 42nd Street Moon. We were Darren’s first professional acting job, but he isn’t the only one.
42nd Street Moon has a long history of helping young actors start their performing careers.
If you want to help 42nd Street Moon give more of these young, aspiring actors a chance, consider making a contribution to our end of year campaign by clicking here.
Until then, see you at the theatre!