After a prolonged downward spiral following his deathbed experience, Mike Warren finally hit his bottom in the eighth episode of “Graceland” S3. All it took was getting captured by a couple of meth heads, accidentally shooting a colleague, stealing said colleague’s painkillers, and some perfectly placed, well-timed flyers for a rehab center featuring – what else? – the red birds Mike has been looking for all season. (It also involved incredible acting by Aaron Tveit, who adlibbed much of the detox scene.) Will the sobriety hold, or will Mike fall into another vice? By the end of the episode, it seems he may already have something else to obsess over….
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.
Plans take a turn for the worse when Charlie attempts to pull Amber from Florida; and in an effort to aid Briggs, Paige sets up a bust to pull the plug on the Sarkissian organization. However, things are not always as they seem.
The latest episode of “Graceland” – the fifth of the season, entitled “Piñon Tree” – featured quite a bit of Mike Warren, now finding his footing in a recently uncovered case. After piecing together “crazy birds and numbers” clues, he arrived at a young man named Gusti — who may or may not be the answer to Mike’s divine intervention. We also saw the conclusion of the Solano storyline, and were introduced to another budding plot after Mike broke into Charlie’s safe. Because this was an Aaron-centric episode, there are over 700 HD screen caps in the gallery.
Mike develops a plan to learn about the contents of Gusti’s trunk; and Briggs helps Paige go undercover with the Armenian Mafia’s shipping company.