Okay, this is technically old news, but any excuse to post up a pic of cutey-pie Darren Criss is good enough for me.  The producers of the Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying have just released the promos for the the Glee star’s turn in the show.  Criss will be taking over the lead role as J. Pierrepont Finch from January 3rd – 22nd.

Here’s the thespian’s theater bio from Wikipedia:

Criss made his professional stage debut at the age of ten in 42nd Street Moon‘s 1997 production of Fanny, in the role of Cesario.[19] The next year, Criss played Mauro in the same company’s production of the Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim musical Do I Hear a Waltz?,[20] followed by Babes in Arms in 1999, in which he played Beauregard Calhoun.[21]

During his formative years, Criss attended the Young Conservatory (YC) program of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), based in San Francisco.[22] He appeared in a number of A.C.T.’s plays, notably A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Voysey Inheritance.[23] Criss continued to hone his craft at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, taking on roles in classics such as The Music Man, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Fiddler on the Roof.[12]

In 2005, Criss was accepted into the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater & Dance (SMTD) and its College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (CLSA), and initially pursued degrees in Musicology, Italian, and TheaterPerformance.[24][25][26] He took part in various stage productions at U of M, including Pride and Prejudice, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Few Good Men, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.[12] Criss was also a participant in Basement Arts, the university’s student-run theater organization, as both an actor and director.[27] In the spring of 2008, he spent a semester abroad in Arezzo, Italy, studying Commedia dell’arte, among other theater-related subjects, at the Accademia dell’Arte .[24][28] Criss eventually decided to solely major in Theater Performance and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2009.[14]

Upon graduation, Criss, along with his university friends, founded StarKid Productions, a theater production company.[29] His roles with StarKid include Harry Potter in the YouTube viral musicals A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel. Both productions are musical-comedies based on the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.[30] StarKid’s plays have been viewed more than 100 million times on the company’s YouTube channel, since its launch on June 19, 2009.[31]

Criss is the spokesperson for the Festival of New American Musicals.[32] The organization’s mission is to “to foster the creators, to train and showcase the performers and in the process also to help build the next generation of musical theater audience and support.” It’s honorary co-chairs are Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jerry Herman, Angela Lansbury, and Jason Alexander.[33]

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