Darren Criss is no stranger to theater, but it turns out he’s “terrified” of his Broadway debut. He’s so nervous he is begging family and friends not to attend his opening night in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying because he’ll need a couple of weeks to master the role of J. Pierrepont Finch.
Criss begins a three-week run in the hit show on January 3, succeeding Daniel Radcliffe, and admits he doesn’t need the pressure of performing in front of people he knows until he’s super confident.
He says, “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, I gotta go to your opening night’, but I’m terrified. I’m like, ‘No, see it at, like, two-and-a-half weeks…'”
He also shares in latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, “Theatre is a living creature. It takes a while to break in, like a new pair of shoes.”
Criss will hand over the reigns of the show to Nick Jonas when he completes his run. Watch fans say farewell to Daniel Radcliffe’s run in the show here.