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Elsie Fest: For Your Weekend Calendar...

…the fourth annual, one day, not-to-be-missed music festival known as Elsie Fest. This blissful end-of-summer celebration is set for this Sunday, October 7th, on Central Park’s SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield. “Doors” open at 5pm for a 6pm kick off.

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Featuring a roll call of shining stars from Broadway, TV, the concert stage, pop music and beyond, this year’s killer lineup includes Tony winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Younger); three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Hamilton); Casey Cott (Riverdale); Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid), and a gaggle of Glee alumni: Matthew Morrison (The Good Wife; Finding Neverland; Light in the Piazza)Alex Newell, Grant Gustin (The Flash), and Emmy winner/Elsie Fest founder Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace; Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

Be also on the look out for special guest stars Rufus Wainwright, Anna and the Apocalypse, as well as numbers from a couple of soon-to-be Millennial faves on Broadway: Be More Chill (fresh from its white-hot Off-Broadway run) and The Prom.

Z100's Elvis Duran is hosting the festival, so not only are audiences in good hands, they’re in for some outstanding patter, humor and intros.

But wait, there’s more: Should you wish to indulge in a sing-along or three, think about a visit to the piano bar Marie’s Crisis Café, where sipping wine and belting out are just a fraction of the pleasures.

Prices run from $60 to $150 (the latter being for “Meet & Greets” withyour personal preferenceMatthew Morrison, Jodi Benson or Casey Cott. Nab your preference online for this cool take-home memory!  

For everything you need to know about Elsie Festwhich gets its name from a happily deceased tart cited in the title song in Cabaret—(check out the lyrics on Google or YouTube if you’re drawing a blank)—visit Elsiefest.comSee you Sunday!

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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