Ha! I knew Berlanti and Kreisberg couldn’t stay away from Darren Criss forever. The producers of the four DC ‘verse shows on The CW have an affinity for casting Glee alumni (Melissa Benoist, Grant Gustin) and Michigan State/Starkid alumni as well (Carlos Valdes, Andy Mientus). Darren is the pinnacle of that trend, fitting both groups.
The Flash and Supergirl, starring Gustin and Benoist, are doing a musical crossover which will air Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. Most of the crossover will be on The Flash. Supergirl will probably get just enough to explain her presence in Central City, the way she did during the December crossover that incorporated all four Berlantiverse shows.
Winn/Jeremy Jordan will be crossing over with Kara/Melissa Benoist. Dr Stein/Victor Garber and Malcom Merlyn/John Barrowman will also be pulled in from other parts of the Berlantiverse.
Actors expected to sing include Broadway veterans Jesse L Martin/Joe, Victor Garber, John Barrowman, Jeremy Jordan, Carlos Valdes/Cisco and Darren Criss/Music Meister. Other writers aren’t giving Valdes and Criss the Broadway credit they are due, but Metamaiden and I have personally seen both of them on Broadway stages and have the Playbills to prove it. Carlos Valdes was in the Original Broadway Cast of Once and in the cast of Zorba Encores (which is technically Off Broadway, whatever). Darren Criss replaced Daniel Radcliffe in the most recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and replaced John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.
Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin will also sing in the crossover. David Harewood/Hank and Chris Wood/Mon-El will also cross over to The Flash, but they won’t be singing. The Flash’s musical episode is titled Duets.
Darren will be playing the Music Meister, a flashy villain who controls his victims by hypnotizing them with his high-pitched singing voice. When he sings, he makes people sing, dance, and follow his orders. Darren and Grant met when Grant was cast on season 3 of Glee as Sebastian Smythe, frenemy and occasional nemesis/potential love interest to Darren’s character Blaine. I can’t wait to see how their new characters’ relationship plays out on season 3 of The Flash! With any luck the Music Meister will become a recurring villain. Who hangs around with the Pied Piper.