The current ‘Joanne’ Tracie Thoms and the original 'Joanne’ Fredi Walker-Browne attend curtain call on the closing night of 'RENT’ on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre on September 7, 2008 in New York City.
Remember the time Darren Criss and Aaron Tveit hopped on Skype to duet on “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent? We have the exclusive video from the golden-voiced pair of buddies, as they playfully debate who audiences are most stoked to see at the first annual Elsie Fest, the Coachella of show tunes, set for New York on Sept. 27.
Besides Criss (who presents the fest alongside talent manager Ricky Rollins and Broadway producer and Jujamcyn Theaters President Jordan Roth) and Tveit, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr; Broadway vet Lea Salonga; and some of the Great White Way’s best belters will perform hits and favorites at Pier 97.
But for now, we’d say both Criss and Tveit give the O.G. Maureen and Joanne, Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker-Browne, a run for their money. Perhaps these gents will bless us with another duet leading up to the fest. Any requests?