Glee star, Darren Criss was appeared at the Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles last night to present the Visionary Award to Broadway producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business With Really Trying. Darren, who played the lead in the musical a 3 week stint last winter, performed “Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm,” which is not sung by Darren’s character, J. Pierrepont Finch, but by his love interest Rosemary who is daydreaming about marrying Finch in the moments after she’s met him.
Darren doesn’t change the pronouns, or sing it from a female perspective. He performs it from the point of view of a house husband waiting for his partner to come home from work, with a little nod to the marriage equality struggle. Considering that the award he presented to his Broadway producers was in recognition of their contribution to LGBT arts and media visibility, it was a very fitting tribute.
You Klaine fans can imagine Blaine singing the song as he waits for Kurt to come home to their Manhattan apartment after a particularly busy day at Vogue.com. And then weep silently at your computers. Aw.
Darren introduced the song reminiscing about how he was introduced to How to Succeed in Business 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.”
Pretty awesome, isn’t it?
By the way, Zadan and Meron are also producers of the TV musical drama, Smash, staring Katharine McPhee…
Watch the video below.