Elsie Fest – the upcoming outdoor musical festival celebrating showtunes and more – may not be happening for another month (September 27th), but two of the stars have already given us a teaser on what to expect at the show. Darren Criss joined Aaron Tveit via Skype for a bit of friendly rivalry, each insisting that they’re the prominent draw for concertgoers. The end result? A duet of RENT‘s “Take Me Or Leave Me,” of course. Check out the video above (now with Aaron’s audio fixed).
Think it’s possible to sum up the first two seasons of USA Network’s “Graceland” in thirty seconds or less? Co-stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata were given the challenge by Entertainment Weekly; and although a lot was glossed over, they did a fairly good job at highlighting their characters’ journeys. Check out Aaron’s solo 30-second take above, and Daniel’s below the cut along with their combined summary.
Ari rises through the ranks of the Armenian mob; Briggs dodges new suspicions from his housemates; and Charlie and Jakes are one step closer to taking down Germaine.
As music festivals grow in popularity, it made sense to Darren Criss (of “Glee” fame) to put together an event that honors show tunes. Inspired by Coachella, he has arranged a new platform for Broadway performers to celebrate their love of songs from the stage, screen, and beyond. “Enter Elsie,” he says.
On September 27th, New York’s JBL LIVE at Pier 97 will host the first ever Elsie Fest, a one-day outdoor concert featuring musical theater stars. Aaron Tveit will join Darren Criss at the festival, along with Lea Salonga, Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Osnes, Seth Rudetsky, and StarKid. The event will run from 2-9PM, with each guest having a set lasting approximately 30 minutes.
“Musical 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,” said Criss – an executive producer for the festival – in a statement. “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.”
Along with the announced acts, there will also be surprise guests in store for those attending. In between sets, fans will be encouraged to stop by Marie’s Crisis beer garden, where pianists will be taking song requests and holding “massive singalongs.” Food trucks will be on hand as dining options.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public August 21st at 10AM (ET) through Ticketmaster; presales for Citi Cardmembers start as early as tomorrow, August 19th. Those interested can opt for $49 general admission tickets, or splurge on a $250 VIP package which includes reserved seating closer to the stage and a VIP seating laminate signed by Darren Criss. There will also Meet & Greet opportunities, which have yet to be announced. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Mike questions Briggs’ motivations in the Sarkissian case; and Charlie devises a new plan to catch Germaine.
Once again, in this week’s episode of “Graceland,” the housemates banded together for a common cause; only this time, it involved an intervention of their own agent. Let’s just say that Mike wasn’t exactly keen on his coworkers (and, arguably, family) confronting him about his drug usage — but, at the very least, Charlie was able to break through to him. Will her encouragement stick with Mike? How much further must he fall before he’s able to pick himself back up? (Speaking of Charlie, Vanessa Ferlito – along with Aaron Tveit – delivered some beautiful acting in this ep.) HD screen caps from the episode – entitled “Bon Voyage” – have been added to the gallery.
As Charlie and Jakes close in on Germaine, Mike’s drug addiction reaches a breaking point when he and Gusti are caught in a dangerous situation.
The theater community has been buzzing over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest musical, Hamilton, and today (August 6th) it finally hit Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for this historical reimagining of Alexander Hamilton’s life, which combines hip-hop with period costuming. It was a star-studded opening night, with Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon, Peter Dinklage, Judith Light, Questlove, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many others in attendance.
While planning a “shakedown” of Gusti in “Graceland” S3E06 episode, “Sidewinder,” Mike ran into a little trouble himself when he started feeling (shall we say) deprived. By his side, Johnny also made the discovery that Gusti’s wife also suffers from addiction — a detail that Mike took into his own hands. Over 500 HD screen caps from the episode have been added to the gallery.