There are few higher compliments on Broadway than being called a triple threat: a performer who can act, sing and dance to extraordinary effect. (Think of Hugh Jackman.) Mr. Criss is the latest to strive for this status, and the producers of “How to Succeed” are betting on him to an unusual extent. They are spending tens of thousands of dollars to rehearse and pay Mr. Criss for just three weeks of performances this month, before he returns to “Glee,” in hopes of molding him into a theater star they might build a Broadway musical around someday.
In case you missed it, Glee did half their episode in black and white and with a laugh track last night, lampooning the classic holiday specials of television’s Golden Age. (Hence, my “Community and Glee switched” comment.) Because clearly, Greendale aren’t the only ones unafraid to get weird or commit to an extended genre pastiche. And for 25 minutes it was surprisingly creative, perfectly quirky television. Good job Glee.