Matthew Morrison and Riverdale's Casey Cott Join Elsie Fest 2018 Lineup

Cabaret & Concert News   Matthew Morrison and Riverdale's Casey Cott Join Elsie Fest 2018 Lineup
In celebration of the upcoming music festival, co-creator Darren Criss released a new music video of Carole King's “One Fine Day”
Matthew Morrison and Casey Cott
Matthew Morrison and Casey Cott

The roster of stars set to take the stage at Elsie Fest 2018 continues to grow. Newly added to the lineup for Darren Criss' showtune-laden music festival are Tony and Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison and Riverdale's Casey Cott. Grant Gustin of the CW’s The Flash will also join. Having met Criss during their time together on Glee, Gustin also appeared in the national tour of West Side Story.

Darren Criss Joseph Marzullo/WENN

As previously announced, the October 7 event will be headlined by Criss, Tony winner Sutton Foster, Tony nominee Joshua Henry, and Once On This Island standout Alex Newell. Also set to make appearances are Rufus Wainwright, Grant Gustin, Jodi Benson, the casts of the Broadway-bound Be More Chill and The Prom, as well as the movie musical Anna and the Apocalypse.

Morrison, known to many for his performance as Will Schuester on Glee (starring alongside Criss), last appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland; he earned a Tony nomination for The Light in the Piazza. Cott can be seen on the CW's Riverdale, on which he plays Kevin Keller (who directed an ill-fated student production of Carrie in a recent episode).

As the annual event approaches, Criss has also released a music video of his take on Carole King's "One Fine Day." Take a look below.

"While the song doesn’t immediately make people think of musical theatre," Criss says, "its shining presence in a hit Broadway show [the King bio-musical Beautiful] is a great example of what Elsie celebrates—the undeniable influence that pop culture and musical theatre have always had on each other."


The fourth annual festival will take place at SummerStage in Central Park. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 7 at 10 AM at

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