The Arrow-verse's Glee connections made themselves apparent the moment Grant Gustin appeared on screen as Barry Allen during Season 2 of Arrow, and they became even more pronounced when Melissa Benoist stepped in as Kara Danvers for Supergirl. Now it seems that the upcoming Flash/Supergirl musical crossover will go all in on the Glee references with Darren Criss portraying Music Meister, but apparently the episode will be a major reunion for more than just Glee alumni. Criss explained:
It's not just the Glee thing --- which is obviously a big factor because Melissa, Grant, and Zach Woodlee is our choreographer, who was our choreographer on Glee --- it's a reunion of many sorts because I went to college with Carlos Valdes. Last time we worked together was a show called Me and My Dick, which was a big hit for us. That was years ago. I haven't seen him since he got this TV gig, so that has been really special to see all my worlds collide, college and Glee. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are my friends from Michigan as well, who also knew Carlos, they wrote an original song for this, which is the final song that Grant sings, and they also know Grant from another life. I know Chris Wood on Supergirl went to college with Grant. They did, like, Kiss Me, Kate" together in college. There are so many threads that weave in and out of all of our lives that have led us here.
Darren Criss' recent comments to EW make the upcoming musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl sound like a serious blast from the past for him. Between acting alongside former college classmate Carlos Valdes, and singing songs written by friends Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the guy is pretty much surrounded by familiar faces. Side note: I want to Google Me and My Dick to see the early collaboration between Valdes and Criss, but I'm afraid of what I might find.
Beyond that, Supergirl's Chris Wood actually went to college with Grant Gustin. It's like a bonafide class reunion for most of the actors who will appear in the upcoming episode. Playing a game of Six Degrees of Separation between these characters just became quite a bit easier -- even without Kevin Bacon there.
Bizarre connections like this have become a fairly common practice on the small screen -- especially where the Arrow-verse series are concerned. For example, Arrow and Dick Wolf's Chicago series have shared quite a few actors over the course of the last few years. For example, Colin Donnell making the transition to Chicago Med, while Madison McLaughlin and Josh Segarra both made the jump from Chicago P.D. to The Emerald Archer's solo series. Give it a few more years, and everyone on television is going to know each other.
Make sure to tune into Supergirl every Monday night at 8 p.m. EST, and The Flash the following evening at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. For more information concerning the spring television debuts still to come in 2017, take a look at our midseason premiere guide.