Darren Criss, who plays gay student
Blaine Anderson on Glee, presented producers Craig Zadan and
Neil Meron with Outfest's Visionary Award on Saturday.
Zadan and Meron, the producers of the
NBC musical drama Smash, were honored at Outfest's 8th
annual Legacy Awards at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
Other projects for the duo include the
big screen adaptations of Chicago and Hairspray and
Broadway's Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying. Zadan and Meron will also
produce the upcoming 85th annual Academy Awards.
Criss made his Broadway debut on
January 1, succeeding Daniel Radcliffe in the role of corporate
ladder-climbing J. Pierrepont Finch in the revival of How to
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
At the event, Criss performed Happy
to Keep his Dinner Warm, a number from How to Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying.
“I heard this song [as a youth] and
said 'That's great! Such a bummer I'll never be able to sing it
though, because it's a girl's song, a very popular one at that,'”
Criss said in his introduction. “I didn't know that fifteen years
later I would be on a television show where pronouns didn't really
matter, and I could sing all kinds of female or male songs – it
didn't really matter. And I think it's very apropos and very
serendipitous of the political climate we're in right now,
socio-politically.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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