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Darren Criss Writes a New Musical in His Spare Time

We all know that Glee’s Darren Criss (Blaine) can sing, so it probably won’t surprise you to hear that this up-and-coming talent is a songwriter as well. But did you know that Darren also composes music and pens lyrics for full-length musical productions?

StarKid, Darren’s college theatre group from his University of Michigan days, is performing a new musical in Chicago from February 11 to 23, 2011. Guess who wrote the entire score? That’s right: Darren himself.

Between his full Glee schedule and a slew of awards shows, we’re not sure where Darren found time to create an entire production worth of full-length musical numbers. Still, how cool is it that this kid remains dedicated to the club where he first got his start?

Flashback! Watch Darren as Harry in StarKid’s A Very Potter Musical in 2009:

The group’s latest musical, Starship — which co-writer Brian Holden referred to in an interview with Wizarding Life magazine as a “this romantic/adventure musical that’s a comedy as well” — tells the story of an alien bug on a distant planet.

“STARSHIP is gonna be fantastic. @teamstarkid and I are working super hard on it right now. Get very excited...” Darren tweeted on January 1.

The production, which Darren will not be acting in, is slated to go up on YouTube in March 2011.

01.31.2011 / 11:41 PM EDT by Beth Douglass
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