'Harry Potter' Viral Stars Release New Hit 'Starship' Musical
By Rae Votta Posted May 2nd 2011 08:08PM
The troupe celebrated with simultaneous screenings in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, selling out a total of 7 shows across the country. The musical, which ran in February in Chicago, also debuted on YouTube Saturday night and racked up over 150,000 views by Monday morning, while the cast recording broke into the top 10 albums on iTunes this weekend, sitting at number 4 and outranking another album by Starkid's most famous member, Darren Criss, who is currently playing Blaine Anderson on 'Glee.' Criss, who played Harry Potter in the group's original breakout production along with being the group's main musical composer, is also on the charts for his 'Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers' compilation album.
After the jump, more about the New York screening and watch the first section of Starship.
At Sunday's final New York screening, the audience -- comprised mostly of girls under the age of 16 in Starkid regalia and homemade Dark Marks -- shouted questions at the Starkid production members in attendance ranging from asking about inside jokes to requesting their presence at Sweet 16 parties and Bar Mitzvahs. The screening was prefaced with a video message from Criss, eliciting screams from the audience. The production values have increased on this newest Starkid endeavor, and the story of a space bug longing to be a human Starship Ranger is the group's first public turn at an original story after their two Harry Potter productions. The show is a mix of puppetry, live action and video segments that translates well from the stage to a YouTube environment, scored by original songs by Criss that might go on to rival some of his Potter tunes in popularity.
Check out Starship below and visit the Starkid YouTube channel for the rest of their musicals, including A Very Potter Musical.
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