[Every Monday, I'm going to be counting down my 52 favorite musical numbers from musical movies and TV shows. I might not like the full movie/show, but the number makes the list for various reasons: 1) I have to like the song, 2) the visual of how the number is performed is most likely unique or fun, 3) both song and visual mixes well to create an exciting or powerful number. So let's get to the next on the list.]
Note: Ironically, this is going up on the first day back for students here, as well...
This week I have a song that probably only the nerdiest of you have heard. It's from the first Harry Potter Musical, and it's the opening number. Before Darren Criss made it big on Glee and signed up to take over for Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway... he took over for Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in this stage musical he helped write, produce, and star in. Unfortunately, the audio for the actual footage is kinda hard to hear, so I'll give you three options of viewing. First I'll give you just the released version of the song with the lyrics. And then, if you'd like to see all the sight gags and visual humor that goes with it, you can check out the actual play version. And this song really sets up the tone of the play, as it shows you how it both makes fun of the story and its character while simultaneously loving them. So here you go:
And if all of that wasn't enough for you, here's a video of Darren Criss and a few other cast and crew just chilling with some fans singing it along together and having a blast.