Start spreading the news: Alan Cumming, Lea Michele and Darren Criss will headline the third annual Elsie Fest music festival on Oct. 8 in New York. The trio of stars will be joined at Central Park’s SummerStage by special guests Ingrid Michaelson and Norm Lewis. The event – which celebrates stars and songs from the stage and screen – will be hosted by radio personality Elvis Duran.
“Being a ‘musical theater fan’ has never been just about loving musical theater,” says Criss, co-founder of Elsie Fest, in a press statement. “It’s about loving the things in pop culture that inspire it; from the actors, recording artists and personalities, to the songs – which not only include Broadway and Great American songbook classics, but hits from film, TV, radio and the Internet. Elsie Fest brings all of that together in one place. It’s a pop culture cabaret.”
Leading the cabaret will be Tony Award winner Cumming, Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominee Michele, and Emmy nominee Criss. Slated for special guest performances are Michaelson (who has notched five top 40-charting albums on the Billboard 200 and is currently on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Tony and Grammy nominee Lewis.
Pre-sale tickets to the show went on sale today (Aug. 1) via ElsieFest.com, while the general on-sale begins on Aug. 4 on Ticketfly.com. Additional performers and guests are slated to be announced at a later date.
Liza Minnelli is the only Academy winner (Best Actress for Cabaret, 1973) with parents who have also both won an Academy Award. Her mother, Judy Garland received a juvenille Oscar for the Wizard of Oz (1940), and her father, Vincente Minnelli took home the award for Best Director for Gigi (1959)