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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.

Broadway Does the Ice Bucket Challenge! Watch Idina Menzel, Laura Benanti, & More (Videos)

The stars of Broadway have been participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and we’ve been loving their videos.

Most recently, Broadway star Idina Menzel uploaded her video outside of the stage door of her current show If/Then.

Laura Benanti and Lea Salonga are two other theater ladies who uploaded challenges.

Casts of major Broadway shows have also participated including Newsies, Once, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, and The Lion King!

Check out Idina Menzel‘s ice bucket challenge below.

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