Glee‘s Darren Criss to Succeed Harry Potter in How to Succeed in Business

Deadline reports that Glee star Darren Criss will probably replace Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed In Business (Without Really Trying) come January 2012. That’s good news for the period ’60s musical because the Gleeks run a close second to Harry Potter fans in rabid devotion.

Mind you, they’re only talking about a three-week run; it’ll mean Criss ditches Glee for an episode—”and a-half,” says Deadline, whatever that means. Not a heavy-duty commitment.

Now, the most important consideration: this dude’s hair. If you’ve seen Criss in candid shots, you know it’s a curly mop of singer/songwriter sensitivity. And Glee has, frankly, been allowing his character a little wavy leeway since his debut (above) as the tightly-cut-and-pomade-saturated teen Don Draper. By the time he sings Kurt away from Onion A.V. Club’s excellently nicknamed “Tolerance Narnia”, it’s all the hair team on the show can do to keep that signature look under control (proof: here).

Singing and dancing on stage for over two hours every night in a retro-role that requires an even seriouser level of hair precision? They’re going to need Crazy Glue to hold it together.


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  • Jeff J

    Saw him perform live at a function in LA. Some improvement needed, lot’s of strained notes. Glee auto tunes so much. Also in incredibly petite which fits this role I guess.

  • christopher di spirito

    Darren Criss can sing and dance, plus, he’s adorable. I see no reason why he won’t nail it on B’Way.

  • Scott

    After seeing his award show video with Katy Perry and the Warblers I would say nerves may play a big part in whether or not he’s on key.

  • Steve

    @Scott: I think Katy Perry would be the one to examine. If you’ve ever seen the original StarKid productions on Youtube, which star Criss (ironically as Harry Potter), he sounds like he has pretty good natural talent.

    Katy Perry, on the other hand, sings live vocals as the studio songs are played in the background to help hide her imperfections. Not saying she can’t sing, but it seems that at least Criss can.

  • dk

    After seeing DR perform the number during the Tony awards, I’d say DC has his work cut out for him. I won’t make a comparison, but DR has proven himself to be quite the singer/dancer.

  • Sue Your School

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  • SpireaX

    Really, of all the things to be concerned about, you pick his curly locks? I can always rely on Queerty to pick the most inane things to focus on.

  • rko

    I think theater is the direction he should go in. Not a huge tv market for little warblers post glee

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