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The eighth annual Outfest Legacy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night, and guest presenter Darren Criss, on hand to bestow Broadway producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with a Visionary award, performed a unique version of “Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm,” a number from Zadan and Meron’s recent production (and Darren’s Broadway debut,) How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

“Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm,” as fans will know, is not a number performed by Darren Criss’ character, J. Pierrepont Finch, in the musical. It’s a song performed by his love interest Rosemary, daydreaming about marrying Finch moments after they first meet. According to Darren, this song was his first introduction to How To Succeed as a child:

“I heard this song 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.’ 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.”

Perhaps because of the nature of Outfest and the fact that he was there to honor his Broadway producers with an award in recognition of their contribution to LGBT arts and media visibility, Darren went on to perform the number not simply, as the lyrics imply, from a female perspective, but instead from a gay male perspective about the character of a house-husband – even adding in his own little twist about marriage equality!

We think this is a great performance, hats off to Darren Criss as usual! What did you think of Darren’s interpretation of this How To Succeed song?

  • http://twitter.com/w_lowry Will Lowry

    Was it just me or was the Brad on piano?

    • Ken

      Yeah he introduced him at the very end.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    Ahhh!! My heart <3 loved it! Especially the marriage equality addition at the end :]

  • Mo

    This is perfect. I love it.

  • Anya

    This is so great!

  • isistelle

    Oh Dare your voice *.*

  • Beth

    Is that Brad from Glee on piano? Awesome performance, love Darren so much.

  • rose4DC

    Darren sounded sooo good. Who says he can’t sing?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.carney3 Amber Carney

    Proud mama feelings :)
    I couldn’t imagine being his real mom…my heart would probably explode from being so proud for both of my sons. Aw. <3

  • http://twitter.com/PeopleForPotter kRISTEN wALSH


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