When I was in college, I was in the theater department, which for anyone who has been involved in any kind of theater program, you know that it’s really wacky and tight-knit, a real family. Me and my good friends from college would do random shows and plays that were sometimes serious, but most of the time really goofy and funny. We’re all fanboys, so there’s been Lord of the Rings plays and play versions of our favorite movies, where we take an awful lot of liberty and go crazy with things that we liked. Senior year, we did a Harry Potter show, adding music and incorporating some of our own songs. We didn’t want to make DVD’s, so we put it up on YouTube for the people that missed it. Within a week, it virally blew up, which was a complete shock. We were the number-one subscribed-to and viewed, in over 50 countries all over the world. It was unbelievable. As much as I wish we could say that we planned everything and that this was always supposed to happen—not at all, man. It was a complete accident.
Darren Criss, on his musical background (via therunningofthesnails)