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Elsie Fest in Central Park Blends Broadway and Pop

August 30, 2018

Elsie Fest was founded by Darren Criss and has been held annually at Central Park’s SummerStage since 2015. This year’s event will be headlined by “Younger” star Sutton Foster, “The Scottsboro Boys” actor Joshua Henry, and “Glee” co-stars Alex Newell and Darren Criss. The first installment of the lineup, announced Wednesday, also includes special performances by the casts of “Anna and the Apocalypse,” Off-Broadway’s “Be More Chill” and “The Prom,” coming to 48th Street’s Longacre Theatre Oct. 23.

Criss, a participant himself, called the fest the “Coachella of show tunes” ahead of its 2015 debut.

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