Darren Criss was #1 on the Culturalist’s Top 10 list “Best Broadway hunks to play Christian in a stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge!” (by Broadway.com)
#5 Culturalist Is Fun…and Scary
Last week’s American Horror Story challenge was spooky—but this week when we asked you who should play Christian in a Moulin Rouge! musical, the real horror show started. Aaron Tveit fans and Darren Criss fans, please try not to murder each other in a West Side Story-esque rumble. It’s just a poll, guys.
— Stephen Trask, composer of the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” musical, on which actor he would like to see in the title role. (Source)
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— Ron Fair (March 2014)
Although Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on Glee, is half-Filipino, the character is assumed to be white (although Rachel does make an oblique reference that they would make “vaguely Eurasian” babies).
Television, generally unable to deal with racial difference more complex than the black-white binary, has no idea what to do with mixed-race Asians. Basically, if you pass as white, it’s a don’t ask, don’t tell type of situation.
Darren Criss, most well-known for his role as Blaine Anderson on FOX’s hit show ‘Glee’, recently complimented Akdong Musician in a tweet, surprising both ‘Glee’ and K-Pop fans alike.
In the tweet, Criss recommends his followers listen to Akdong Musician before attaching the music video to their spring hit “200%”. As Criss is a singer-songwriter himself, it looks like he’s particularly impressed with the older brother of the sibling duo, Chan Hyuk, for producing and writing the cheerful love song despite his young age.
It’s always exciting to see two worlds collide. As Criss is known to be musically talented not only on-screen but also on Broadway, fans were happy to see the American musician acknowledge the Korean teenage duo’s talent.