The starry lineup will include Tony winner Lea Salonga, "Glee" and recent Hedwig star Darren Criss, Next to Normal's Aaron Tveit, Hamilton's Leslie Odom, Jr.; Tony-nominated singing actress Laura Osnes; Chicago-based musical theatre company and YouTube sensation StarKid; and musician, actor, radio host and Playbill.com columnist Seth Rudetsky.
“I was at Coachella [the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in southern California] and thought ‘let's do this for show tunes,'” said Criss in a statement. “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. 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. Enter Elsie.”
The outdoor festival will run from 2 PM-9 PM with performances throughout the day, including surprise guests. Concertgoers will be offered exclusive meet and greets with their favorite stars, merchandise, food trucks and a Beer Garden.
Elise Fest will be hosted by 106.7 LIteFM personalities Christine Nagy and Helen Little with Rudetsky. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Tickets, which go on sale Aug. 21 at 10 AM, will be available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $49 for general admission and $250 for VIP seating. JBL LIVE at Pier 97 is located at West 57th Street and the West Side Highway.