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Darren Criss Has Created a Coachella for Broadway Fans!

Darren Criss has some exciting news – he is launching Elsie Fest, a one-day outdoor music festival celebrating showtunes!

The 28-year-old former Glee actor, who just finished a run on Broadway in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will be joined on stage at the festival by Aaron Tveit, Tony nominee Laura Osnes, Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom Jr., Broadway legend Lea Salonga, Chicago-based musical theater company StarKid, and more!

“I was at Coachella and thought ‘let’s do this for show tunes,’” Darren said in a statement. “Theater has been going through a wonderful shift in the past few years, from the type of work that’s being produced to the way it’s being consumed by the public. It’s more than showtunes on Broadway — it’s songs from film, TV and YouTube. Since the rules were already changing, I figured, why not shake up people’s ideas of where to watch the performers they love. Enter Elsie.”

Elsie Fest will take place on Sunday, September 27 at JBL Live at Pier 97 in New York City. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW (August 21) at 9am EST on Ticketmaster.

Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Wants Donald Trump to See His Broadway Show

Broadway game changer Lin-Manuel Miranda poses on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here is what the 35-year-old Tony-winning actor/composer/writer had to tell the mag about his groundbreaking new musical Hamilton and more:

On racism in Hollywood: “I can’t say I have enough experience with Hollywood to feel that I’ve encountered racism there… I don’t differentiate between black and Latino actors. We’re in the same struggle to be represented in a way that’s even close to honest.”

On his relationship with President Obama: “With the show opening as Obama’s presidency is winding down, it feels very fitting and full circle. I don’t know what his legacy will be. I do know that the thing that Hamilton and Obama have in common is that they’re totally improbable stories — except they happened.”

On Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump: “It would be fun to have Donald Trump see the show….my reaction to his comments about Mexicans isn’t important. What matters is that the world reacted, and he saw that speech has consequences. You can say the most hateful shit you want, and you can be boisterous and loud and get attention, and that has worked very well, but it’s going to have consequences. If Trump performs the magic trick of making working-class people believe in a guy who spends his father’s money, more power to him. But it’s an illusion. This is not a working-class hero. We’ve had characters like Trump in American politics forever… I’m trying to take the long view and not make Trump a part of my life; it’s bad enough we have to endure his ugly buildings.”

For more from Lin-Manuel‘s op-ed piece, visit!

Sara Bareilles' 'Waitress' Is Headed to Broadway!

Sara Bareilles‘ musical Waitress, based on the 2007 movie starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion, will be heading to Broadway this coming Spring!

The production is currently playing until late September at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. It is being directed by Tony winning director Diane Paulus.

The show will begin previews in March with an opening set for April.

The book was written by Jessie Nelson and the score by Sara.

Full casting will be announced at a later date. We can’t wait to check it out!

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' Opens on Broadway to Raves

Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick walk the red carpet at the opening night performance of Broadway’s new musical Hamilton on Thursday (August 6) in New York City.

The show received a star-studded crowd that night. Allison Williams, Lucy Liu, Raven Symone, Peter Dinklage, Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Jon Bon Jovi with his wife and daughter, and Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks, and Selenis Leyva were all in attendance. Broadway stars like Patina Miller, Aaron Tveit, and Steven Pasquale also showed their support.

Hamilton was created by and stars Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show has been getting universal rave reviews and has been called a history-making show for the American theatre canon. Make sure to get your tickets now before you can’t get them at all!

Lin-Manuel, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr., and the rest of the cast celebrated the opening night success at a party following the performance. See some pics below!

FYI: Lin-Manuel is wearing John Varvatos. SJP is wearing an Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. Matthew is wearing Ralph Lauren Black Label. Allison is wearing an Oscar de la Renta blouse and pants with Irene Neuwirth earrings. Lucy is wearing a Monique Lhuillier jacket and dress. Patina is wearing a Balmain top and pants. Jonathan is wearing a Suit Supply suit, Kent & Curwen shirt, a DSquared2 tie, a The Tie Bar pocket square, and Vince shoes. Leslie is wearing a David Hart suit, Burberry polo, and Vince shoes. Samira is wearing a Natori dress, Chelsea Paris heels, and Kara Ross clutch. Laverne is wearing an Opening Ceremony dress and clutch.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Spoofs Broadway Shows in 'Spamalot' at Hollywood Bowl

Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets on his knees to spoof some Broadway shows during the opening night performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday (July 31) in Hollywood.

The 39-year-old actor’s character discovers that his “holy grail” is performing in Broadway musicals and he spoofs a few shows, including this bit from Fiddler on the Roof.

Also starring in the one-weekend only production are Craig Robinson, Christian Slater, Warwick Davis (who steals the show with “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), Kevin Chamberlin, Merle Dandridge, Rick Holmes, Tom Deckman, and original Monty Python member Eric Idle, who also wrote the Tony-winning musical.

There are two performances of the musical left so try to catch it if you can!

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Jonathan Groff & 'Hamilton' Cast Celebrate Their First Week on Broadway!

Jonathan Groff hugs co-star Renée Elise Goldsberry at the party to celebrate Hamilton‘s first week of previews at Urbo on Saturday (July 18) in New York City.

The 30-year-old actor, who stars in the musical, was joined by the cast and crew of the hit new musical including writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, actors Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom, Jr., Javier Muñoz, Daveed Diggs, and more.

Hamilton is currently in previews before the official opening in August – you can buy tickets here if you’re in the area!

FYI: The party was sponsored by Hennessy V.S.O.P.

20+ pictures inside of Jonathan Groff and the cast of HamiltonMore Here! »

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Stage Legend Patti LuPone Confiscates Audience Member's Cell Phone During Her Broadway Play

Broadway legend Patti LuPone has had enough with Broadway audiences using phones during performances – so much so that she confiscated an audience member’s phone during the Wednesday (July 8) performance of her play Shows for Days when she noticed them texting.

The 66-year-old American Horror Story actress issued a statement about her confiscating a cell phone in the middle of the play.

“We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones. They cannot put them down. When a phone goes off or when a LED screen can be seen in the dark it ruins the experience for everyone else – the majority of the audience at that performance and the actors on stage. I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore. Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshall the audience as well as perform,” Patti said in a statement to Playbill.

This is not the first time Patti has gone off about cell phones. In a 2009 performance of her Tony winning musical Gypsy, Patti stopped the show to scream at an audience member. See below…

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