HC (81/?) BROADWAY BABIES
I have gotten so many asks on this :)
You guys are amazing! It took awhile to upload the video -but it finally worked!
This game was so priceless - and I was so thrilled to watch it (over and over again she said without the slightest bit of shame) Seeing Chris smile like that and knowing it was Darren who made it happen!!
I edited the video by focusing primarily on Chris and Darren (shocker right) I kept it at regular speed so the moments/questions were clear - but then looped the same moment in slow motion so we could discuss it!
"THE UNSTOPPABLE CHRISTOPHER PAUL COLFER"
I could make an entire post off of this sentence right here!
Darren says NOTHING by accident - his vocabulary is to immense and educated - even in on the spot interviews he pulls out words that make me say “what?”
When Darren thinks about Chris and says his name out loud - the look that washes over his face is one of joy and love - it is one of his favorite vowels - he integrates it into everything he can - I think the sound of Chris’ name to him is one of the most beautiful things ever and you can see that it MEANS something to him!
But for this moment - the “unstoppable” choice of wording
Darren believes this with his very heart and soul. Chris to him, by his own confession, and something we who are fans already know - this 23 year old shy gentle soul that is Chris Colfer - has taken life by the horns and made it his slave.
Darren is truly and inspirationally awed by Chris - that is what you hear when he says his name (much the reason when he says “kurt” when he is “blaine” - kurt sounds like a magical word)
"CONTESTANT NUMBER CHRIS"
Besides the fact that Darren found a way to slip Chris’ name in and out of sentences - he just would not relegate Chris to a number - and it was a joke.
The smile that IMMEDIATELY came onto Chris’ face at the joke
Many comment on Chris’ body language
initially his legs crossed tightly, arms tightly held around the torso - these are true - but clearly have NOTHING to do with Darren being the one interviewing him)
Chris isn’t just sitting there being interviewed/questioned - he is ACTIVELY LISTENING AND RESPONDING QUICKLY which proves that.
And, while on the subject of body language - lets talk about Darren.
EVERY time he finished a question and turned the microphone toward Chris - he leaned his entire body toward him.
He did NOT do that with Lea
Being in Chris’ space is where Darren longs to be - and he gets there as often as possible.
As the video progresses we will discuss Chris’ body language more
'INTO THE WOODS”
(39seconds) Darren leans into Chris and just gazes at him while he is answering. His energy behind the “ding, ding, ding” - he is so proud of Chris and how freaking smart he is!
"MARIA FROM SOUND OF MUSIC"
If you watch Chris during the asking of this question - how fast his eyes are blinking - he is really very focused on the task at hand.
Chris is a HIGHLY competitive and driven person and takes these things seriously (just like when he was on Jane’s game show or trying to learn to ice skate) He doesn’t like to miss or be wrong
Darren’s “PERFECT, NICE!”
He is so rooting for Chris and knows that Chris can get them all.
Chris preens under the attention.
And of course:
"THAT’S TWO POINTS FOR CHRIS COLFER" (Just in case you thought another Chris had jumped into the seat) And to make certain Chris knew he got Two points!
What was …both… the longest running musical on Broadway when it closed in 200 “AND ALSO, CHRIS’ FAVORITE HOUSEHOLD PET”
First: Note Darren hesitates on the word “both” and the “And also” in the question - so he was trying to work it in - but since that was not a word printed on the card - he had to fight his brain for a moment to say something it was not reading on the note card
So this was completely ad libed or planned slightly in advance to:
- work Chris into the question
- and lead Chris to the answer.
When they cut to Chris’ answer it is clear by the response that he DID NOT know the answer until he heard the part about his household pet and he says “Ohhh cats”
The “ohh” was Chris figuring it out because of the hint - freeze it and see the smug look on Darren’s face (1.45) He is leading his man to victory.
The joke about "you have a pet Phantom of the opera" (freeze it at 1.54) The look on Chris’ face at Darren’s groaner of joke - he must hear stuff like this all the time!
"WHO PLAYED MARIA IN GLEE’S WEST SIDE STORY. EXTRA POINTS. WHO PLAYED……..TONY"
Darren gives a significant pause and a different tone slips into the word “Tony” (like he is having one of those I’m just gonna slip this in here and run away if I could moments).
Unlike the previously asked questions, Darren is looking straight forward when he passes the microphone toward Chris for him to answer. Then he leans in again like the other questions.
Chris’ eyes grow so wide when the question registers and he immediately responds with a snarky answer, (Darren knew it was coming) ” I should have played Tony. But you played Tony…..” Darren draws the microphone back and says “yeah.” as Chris continues to ramble.
Note though Chris’ tone of voice has shifted also into his lower vibrato range -
There is an inside joke in there - Chris went on far too long for it to not have been - the set up - the anticipated answer…
This is them - the give and take - the push and pull of jokes and conversation - whether this was a subject that had ever come up before between them - it was definitely flirty and daring the other to top it in playful teasing (but it got edited)
"PATTY LAPONES REAL NAME"
(2.47) Chris looks at Darren for the first time during the questions. (at least that we can tell due to editing)
It’s significant because it isn’t a “fluffy/fun” question - he took this seriously - and rather than internalizing the question - he looked to Darren for relief from his confusion - he trusts Darren and knew he would have an answer.
Again with the exuberant “ding, ding, ding” for the trick question
Chris’ wide eyed and open mouth expression to the discovery of the trick question - if he was being even the slightest bit guarded he would he would not have done this
His body was a little more relaxed - but his participation and level of fun was still the same.
'WHAT NIGHT IS DARK NIGHT ON BROADWAY”
Sixth question asked - his hands are no longer crossed over his chest, his elbows are on the arms of the chair.
He still holds his hands tightly and interlaces his fingers with tension - that could also be a focusing technique (he is determined to do well at this game).
"YES! THAT IS CORRECT!"
Daren is so honestly excited EVERY time Chris got the answer!
his expression when he finds he was right is priceless joy at guessing at the answer.
Seventh question: "ROCK OF AGES"
Chris’ arms have relaxed more on the arms of the chairs and his elbows now go out beyond with his forearms resting on the chair.
Eight Question: “What type of pies does Mrs Lovett bake?”
(in the editing you can clearly see Chris’ arm when Darren asks the question but they edited it to go to lea’s answer first - then back to Chris - why didn’t they use the footage of Darren asking Lea the same question?
In my own mind I am going to assume that he mention Chris again in the question to Lea and brought up his high school version of Sweeny Todd.
I have no proof - but the editing here is VERY SUSPICIOUS! ;)
Of course says “MEAT PIES!” in the muscle memory of the character he obviously enjoyed playing in high school
and Darren’s response
DING! DING! DING! DING! CHRIS IS KILLING IT!
Being a fan of Chris doing a parody and playing the role - and the natural way Chris said “meat pies” in the characters way - Darren knew this was a no brainer for him and responded to Chris’ theatricality of the moment.
Question Nine "SIT DOWN YOU’RE ROCKING THE GOAT"
Based on Chris’ reaction when he said Goat (you know there is an inside joke in there again by the way Darren leans in and Chris squeezes his eyes and laughs) - Darren chose to again goof off and tell him the answer was “Goat” instead of “boat” - we don’t get to see the resolve of this - but you know it happened.
Tenth and Final question: "INDINA MENZIL" & announcement that he was winner
Chris’ posture was completely relaxed - his hands were resting in his lap - Darren was leaning toward him even more and shifting his own arm/elbow toward Chris.
Chris was never not having a good time - he was just determined to win - which he did - with a huge glowing smile and honest reactions to someone who’s humor is very similar to his own.
This was a fun event for them and I am thrilled they participated
THANKS FOR THE NOTES YOU ALL!
HAPPY SUNDAY (Almost coming to a close here!)