Criss, best known for his role as openly-gay student Blaine Anderson on the Golden Globe Award-winning series "Glee," will succeed Daniel Radcliffe, who will exit the production Jan. 1, 2012.
Criss will step into the role of ambitious window washer J. Pierrepont Finch Jan. 3-22, 2012. Tickets are now available.
Criss' involvement in the project is serendipitous, he also wrote and starred in A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, based on the " Harry Potter" series. His "Glee" cover of the Katy Perry hit "Teenage Dream" debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a first for the series. Criss has also been seen on the television series "Eastwick," "Cold Case" and "Archer."
"Daniel gives an extraordinary performance eight times a week and we knew finding someone to fill his shoes would be nearly impossible. When we learned of Darren’s dream of performing on Broadway we knew we had found our Finch but presumed his 'Glee' schedule would eliminate any chance to work with him,” said Tony Award-nominated How to Succeed director-choreographer Rob Ashford. "We are ecstatic and grateful to Ryan Murphy and his 'Glee' team at 20th Century Fox TV for helping to make both Darren’s and our dream come true."
How to Succeed… opened on Broadway March 27 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.