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The actor returned to his Twitter account hours before the show, following a two-week hiatus, to share his excitement with fans.
“So I’ve been gone from the Internet for the past two weeks- been busy getting ready and excited for my opening of ‘How To Succeed’ on B-Way!” he wrote. “So to make up for lost time, I want to share a few moments of excitement leading up to the big opening night…”
The excitement of the day was not lost on Criss’ Glee co-stars and several Hollywood pals, who took to their own accounts to wish him luck.
“Sending so much love to Mr. @DarrenCriss for his broadway debut tonight in How to Succeed!! Have an amazing night!!! Xo,” wrote Lea Michele, while Dianna Agron added: “@DarrenCriss I wish I could be front row and center tonight!”
“@DarrenCriss Break a leg tonight, bud!” said Chris Colfer, who plays Criss’ boyfriend on the hit Fox series.
Earlier in the day, Criss tweeted a photo to his WhoSay account with the caption “Backstage and on stage.” The photo was promptly removed, but not before Amber Riley retweeted the image and wrote, “Break a Leg!!!!!”
Outside the Glee circle, LeVar Burton, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Perez Hilton were among Hollywood well-wishers sending notes his way.
Criss will take over the role of Pierrepont Finch from Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, who took his final bow on Jan. 1. Criss is slated to perform for three weeks, before being replaced by Nick Jonas on Jan. 24. Jonas has signed on for the show through July 1.
Criss’ debut comes on the heels of a record-shattering week, which saw Radcliffe’s final performances after 10-months of never missing a single show.
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