Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest Is Back At NYC’s Summerstage This October

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Elsie Fest is back and will be entertaining the New York masses once again from Central Park’s Summerstage this October and festival creator Darren Criss has assembled another stellar group of performers for the roster.

After weeks of speculation of just when the festival will occur, news finally dropped this morning that Elsie Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday October 7. The festival that combines your favourite stars of stage and screen belting out their Broadway hits, as well as ones they’ve been dying to have a go at, has become a fan favourite over the past four years and this year promises not to disappoint.

Headlining this year’s event is Broadway darling and current star of Younger Sutton Foster. The Tony winner will be joined by her former Violet costar Joshua Henry, who was most recently seen on the Great White Way in this year’s revival of Carousel, as well as the Festival’s main man, Darren Criss.

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However, there are even more Gleeful surprises for musical fans. Criss is also bringing along some former Glee co-stars with Once On This Island’s Alex Newell featuring and a special guest performance from The Flash’s Grant Gustin. Also set to appear is Rufus Wainwright and The Little Mermaid herself, Jodi Benson. There will also be performances from the casts of the Off-Broadway musical Be More Chill, Broadway’s upcoming The Prom, and the movie musical Anna and the Apocalypse.

Additional performers are set to be announced at a later date.

As in previous years, Marie’s Crisis will provide piano bar sing-alongs, always a crowd favourite and Z100’s Elvis Doran will host.

Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday September 5 at 10am EST. General tickets will be on sale Friday September 7 at 10am EST. More information can be found at the event’s website.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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