Okay, so we may be projecting a little bit. Darren Criss was the featured performer at Outfest’s Legacy Awards, presenting an award to producer honorees Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who cast him as Finch in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway this past winter. Criss opted to sing a song from the show he’d never sung before, a “girls song” that as young man he’d been disappointed he wouldn’t ever have the chance to sing.
“I didn’t know that fifteen years later I would be on a television show that, where pronouns didn’t really matter, and I could sing all kinds of female or male songs, it didn’t really matter,” Criss said. “And I think it’s very apropos of the time that we’re in and very, um, sort of serendipitous of the political climate that we’re in right now, sort of socio-politically, and I think this song has a lot of lovely meaning for, I think, a lot of things that we stand for.”
He then took on “Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm,” without a pronoun change (although he did swap husband for wife, and kept the pregnancy line in tact.) He did take some liberties with the end of the number, riffing on marriage equality in all fifty states. Watch below and get ready to swoon.