During the dinner portion of the evening we had fun using our balcony view to sneak a peek at the goings-on down on the floor, to spy things like: Dianna Agron (Glee) giving Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) a hug; people taking pictures with a dashing Zachary Quinto (America Horror Story, Star Trek); Cameron Mitchell (The Glee Project) following around his buddy, Damian McGinty (fellow TGP contestant, now on Glee); Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, and Dianna Agron (all from Glee) sharing a table with some family and friends; and Darren Criss’ (Glee) parents with an empty seat near them that was presumably Darren’s, though we never saw him there.
At 8 o’clock the evening began with a hilarious introduction by the wonderful Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) who would spend the rest of the evening making introductions and comments via mic from her own table as the voice of God. She explained that “God is a small blonde woman dealing mostly in comedy.” Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles) opened the night with a jazzy performance of “Jingle Bells” with Glee‘s The Warblers. This confused me greatly as a) we had no idea who Barrett Foa was, and b) what he was doing performing with The Warblers instead of Darren Criss? I’ve since cleared up the first (sorry, don’t watch NCIS: LA), but still have no idea on the second. Still, he’s got a great voice, and The Warblers were fun as always, so even though I’m still sad they didn’t sing with Darren, it was still enjoyable. (Going to add here that the video quality is terrible, but the audio is good. Our humble little site could only afford the one ticket in the “cheap seats,” & those plus bad lighting does not equal good video conditions).
Two of the stars of Rock of Ages, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough, gave their best at a version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Thing is, once it’s been done by Darren Criss & Chris Colfer, any other version is going to just come off badly. It didn’t help that I came away from it really hoping that Boneta was just having a bad night, because that boy could not hit half of those notes. He’s about to be in a musical. This does not bode well.