A Very Potter Musical’s Team StarKid premieres sequel, tops Glee and Gaga on iTunes, and talks future projects
By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: University of Michigan-based theatre company StarKid Productions went back to Hogwarts this week with the premiere of “A Very Potter Sequel” (AVPS), their long-awaited follow-up to the wildly popular internet sensation “A Very Potter Musical” (AVPM)–a full-length parody musical that’s reached cult status in the Harry Potter fandom and received widespread mainstream coverage (Entertainment Weekly named it one of the ten best viral videos of 2009).
The soundtrack to their non-Harry Potter musical, the clever coming-of-age story “Me and My Dick”, became the first-ever charting student musical this spring, debuting at No. 11 on the Billboard charts, and now, less than two days after AVPS went live on YouTube to over 160,000 views, drove the StarKid channel to become the most viewed of the day, and was featured on the front page of Digg, Team StarKid’s compilation album featuring many of the sequel’s songs, A Very StarKid Album, has reached #14 on the iTunes Pop Charts and #27 out of all Top Albums…officially topping Lady Gaga (#29) and Glee (#31) on the charts.
If you haven’t been introduced to the brilliance of Team StarKid yet, head over to their YouTube channel or check out their official website immediately. Having been privileged enough to see AVPS both live in Michigan this May and during its official video premiere at Infinitus last weekend, I can vehemently assure you that it’s one of the smartest, most hilariously touching things you’ll ever witness. Darren Criss (whose own just-released debut EP “Human” has reached the iTunes Top 20 Alternative charts), who plays Harry freakin’ Potter in addition to writing most of the first’s and all of the sequel’s songs, has succeeded in musically topping himself with some remarkably varied and well-written (not to mention catchy) new offerings, and StarKid’s comic interpretations of several new Harry Potter characters, from Lupin to Umbridge to Lucius, are the stuff of genius.
Fan-created works such as AVPM and AVPS truly are the future of the Harry Potter fandom, illustrated vividly by the seven-hour-long line to get into the Infinitus premiere wrapping twice around the entire conference hall. In “A Very Potter Sequel”, Harry himself describes the appeal of the fandom (and fandom events such as Infinitus) with, “Sure, we have to go back home for the summer, but imagine how totally awesome going back is going to be. Until then, I’ve got to go back to the Muggle world. They’re going to try to tell me it wasn’t real and none of this happened, but you know what? It was real. It did happen. We spent time here and made friends here. It’s a part of us. Hogwarts is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than any of its founders. And it’s going to be around long after we’re gone. Maybe we’ll see our kids come here. That’s the thing about Hogwarts: no matter how long you’re away from it, there’s always a way back.”
To see Darren Criss, Joey Richter, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Nick Lang, and the rest of the cast sit down at Infinitus to talk about the experience and potential future projects, view below, and to watch “A Very Potter Sequel” for yourself, click here.