You might know him as the uniformed private school boy serenading Chris Colfer on the set of "Glee," but actor and singer Darren Chris got his first taste of stardom co-writing and starring in "A Very Potter Musical," the massively popular Harry Potter parody play performed at the University of Michigan in 2009.
Starring Criss as Harry Potter, Joey Richter as Ron Weasley, Bonnie Gruesen as Hermione Granger, and other members of the production company known as Team Starkid, "A Very Potter Musical" went viral when it hit YouTube. The video for "Part 1" now boasts more than 9 million hits.
Team Starkid debuted a sequel in 2010 and have chosen Potter fan convention LeakyCon to complete the trilogy, performing "A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year" this week. Though they haven't let us see the full video yet, Entertainment Weekly found a sneak peak featuring interviews with fans and a few song snippets.
“The ‘Harry Potter’ world is lighthearted, fun and goofy,” StarKid member Brian Holden told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Our style is to take something innocent and pervert it.”
Team StarKid, also known as StarKid productions, got their start as a young troupe of student singers and performers at the University of Michigan. But thanks to the success of "A Very Potter Musical" and other productions like "Holy Musical B@man!" and "Me and My Dick," StarKid have hit on a possible future for musical theater.
"If you have to ask who or what Team Starkid is, you are, like, so old. Like, 26 or something," quipped Chicago Tribune writer Christopher Borrelli in a 2011 profile of the group.
Depending on whom you ask, they are the future of musical theater, the future of theater marketing or simply the future — a quasi-theater company that sings, dances, jokes, emotes and has built a considerable following entirely through social networking websites and word of mouth.
You can relive the musical magic of "A Very Potter Musical" in its entirety on YouTube.
[Via Entertainment Weekly]