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A Crissmas Evening
October 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PDT
Songwriter & Vocalist
Host of the 4th Annual SCL Awards
MODERATED BY KEITH CAULFIELD (Billboard)
Thursday, October 20, 7:00PM PT
Attendees must be over 21 years age to gain entry into the venue
A special Holiday-themed alcoholic beverage will be served
Please be mindful of the SCL’s Code of Conduct.
An avid fan of the holiday album tradition, A Very Darren Crissmas is Darren Criss’ personal ode to the art form by way of his signature, left-of-center, genre-jumping flare. Co-produced by longtime friend and multi-GRAMMY® award nominee & producer of numerous GRAMMY®-winning hits, Ron Fair, Criss’ song selection and production choices are as wildly eclectic as his own career. Meant to reflect his own unique relationship with the holiday music canon, Crissmas toes the line between traditional and non-traditional, with a carefully crafted mix of unknown songs recorded in the style of familiar holiday fare and known songs reimagined by unchartered arrangements. The result is a fresh new entry into the holiday album lineup that proves both thrillingly unpredictable and touched with a timeless sense of Christmas magic.
Darren Criss has embodied the kind of kaleidoscopic artistry that’s entirely uninhibited by form or genre. Before Darren Criss exploded into the internet’s subculture as both an actor and songwriter for the YouTube viral hit A Very Potter Musical in 2009, he had made a small name for himself playing unique interpretations of popular songs he’d perform at cafes and bars in his hometown of San Francisco. Little did he know that the same knack for covering tunes would serve him well in 2010 when he was cast on FOX’s massively successful musical series Glee, from which many of his performances of popular songs would lead to several Billboard-topping records. In 2015 his songwriting also landed an Emmy nomination for Best Original Music and Lyrics, from penning the song “This Time” for the show’s series finale. Criss has continued to write and produce music extensively through the years, whether for his own releases as an artist or as a songwriter for theater, film, & TV executive produced, starred in, and provided all the original songs for his short-form musical comedy series Royalties featuring songs he co-wrote for Jennifer Coolidge, Mark Hamil, Sabrina Carpenter and more. Earlier this year he penned the music &; lyrics for the opening number of the 2022 Tony Awards: Act One. As an artist, he most recently delivered a genre-diverse collection of “character-driven” singles as part of his 2021 solo EP titled Masquerade, and in the same year, released a full-length Christmas album titled- aptly- A Very Darren Crissmas, with two original songs, “Christmas Dance” and “Drunk on Christmas” (featuring Country breakthrough artist Lainey Wilson). Criss recently opened for GRAMMY®-winning group Pentatonix at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
As an actor, Criss is a veteran of the stage whose Broadway credits include the titular role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2015), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2012), and the most recent 2022 revival of David Mamet’s seminal play American Buffalo alongside Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell. In 2018 his work in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story received wide critical acclaim, earning him a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics’ Choice Award. He was most recently seen starring in Netflix’s hit series Hollywood, for which he also served as executive producer.
*** PERFORMANCE + Q&A INFORMATION ***
Check-in begins 6:30PM.
If you RSVP but are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation by 10:00AM Thursday, October 20.
Free for current SCL members (click here to check your membership status) plus one guest who will stay for both the performance and Q&A. Please remember to RSVP for two (2) if you plan on bringing a guest.
Guests of SCL members may NOT attend without the member invitee, or if the member RSVPs, but cannot attend and cancels.
Please allow extra time for traffic and check-in.
This invitation is non-transferable.
Per California state health guidelines, masks are recommended to be worn indoors at all times.