Elsie Fest is taking over Pier 97 this fall. Come hear the music play as Darren Criss, Aaron Tveit, Starkid, Lea Salonga, and more take the stage!
Described as a “Coachella for Broadway fans” Darren Criss’ latest project will take some of the Great White Way’s greatest stars and bring them together for a 7-hour outdoor music festival this fall. On September 27, from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the first-ever Broadway music festival, named Elsie Fest, will take place at Pier 97 on the West Side Highway at 57th Street.
According the official description the performances will include songs from both stage and screen and each performer will sing for a 30 minute set. In between sets the famed Marie’s Crisis piano bar will be on hand to guide the crowd through impromptu sing-alongs while they peruse various food trucks. The event will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to BroadwayCares: Equity Fights Aids.
The line up is an impressive combination of Broadway veterans and musical theater performers. Headlining the festival will be your soon-to-be Danny Zuko, Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Catch Me if You Can, Les Misérables (feature film)), Lea Salonga (Mulan, Aladdin) and Laura Osnes (Cinderella (Broadway), Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes).
A Starkid reunion will also take place as part of the festivities. Criss will likely join the assemble for a few numbers. No word yet on who from the group is scheduled to make an appearance.
Many, many more stars and guest appearances are expected, but you can count on an appearance from Leslie Odom Jr., star of the runaway hit Hamilton.
Curious about the name? Check out this performance from Cabaret as Liza Minnelli (Sally Bowles) recalls a girlfriend named Elsie who led a life of questionable choices, but left Sally with this message, “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!”
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET and range from general admission priced at $50 to VIP at $250.
Visit Elsiefest.com for more information.