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DARREN CRISS (Lee) is quickly emerging as a promising actor, musician and fashion icon (No. 1 on the GQ list of "Most Stylish Young Men in Hollywood"). He has gone from YouTube sensation to a multi-Billboard-charting musician and composer. As a songwriter, Criss has drawn upon his life, relationships and quirky outlook to pen heartfelt, raw but tender songs that range from soul, folk, rock and jazz to classic show tunes. Criss currently stars as Blaine Anderson on Fox's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series "Glee."
Criss recently made his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." With Criss as the leading man, the revival made just under $4 million, the most lucrative three weeks of its 11-month run.
After making a splash as a guest star on the second season of "Glee," Criss was quickly promoted to series regular. His breakout performance of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in his first episode debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard "Hot Digital Songs" chart for the first time in the show's history and sold more than 200,000 tracks in its first week.
Criss made his first major television appearance in 2009 as Josh Burton on ABC's "Eastwick," alongside Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman. He also appeared on CBS' "Cold Case."
The San Francisco native received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied theater. In his senior year of college, Criss and his friends created a Harry Potter musical parody as a fun project for their classmates, friends and other Harry Potter fans. Along with starring as the boy wizard, Criss lent several of his songs to the show. Within weeks it had become a YouTube hit garnering millions of views and much attention in the world of musical theater.
Soon thereafter, Criss and his writing partners started StarKid Productions. He has starred in, written and provided music and lyrics to StarKid titles such as "A Very Potter Sequel" and "Starship." The StarKid brand has grown to become as popular as the shows themselves, spawning an enormous cult following around the world. The Chicago-based company recently wrapped their second national North American run, APOCALYPTOUR. Their first annual tour, The S.P.A.C.E. Tour (StarKid Precarious Auditory Concert Experience) took place in November 2011. Additional credits include "Holy Musical B@tman!"
Criss and StarKid Productions appeared on the Billboard charts in four separate releases. These include the No. 1 spot on the Top Cast Album list for "Starship" and No. 11 with their cast soundtrack for the original musical "Me and My Dick." They charted No. 19 among Top Compilations with "A Very StarKid Album" and hit No. 30 on the Heatseekers chart with Criss' self-released EP "Human."
"Human" was released as an acoustic collection of five original songs that differed greatly from the more "Broadway-esque" music found on "Me and My Dick" and the pop-rock stylings featured on "A Very StarKid Album."
When not writing music for StarKid, Criss continues to write music for himself as an artist. Pending time and availability, he plans to begin work on a full-length studio album.
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