Darren Criss Announces 3rd Annual Elsie Fest, Covers 'I Dreamed a Dream'

Darren Criss arrives at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Darren Criss arrives at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Darren Criss’ annual Elsie Fest music festival is returning to New York for its third year, and to help celebrate the announcement, Criss dropped a cover tune of the Les Miserables’ classic, “I Dreamed a Dream.”

Watch Criss perform a stripped-down version of the tune below:

The release of “I Dreamed a Dream” continues a busy year for the Emmy Award-nominated Criss. Earlier in 2017, he and his brother Chuck Criss teamed up as the pop duo Computer Games and released the Lost Boys Life project. In addition, Darren has been busy filming The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, in which Criss co-stars as Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan.

Elsie Fest, an outdoor music festival celebrating stars and songs from the stage and screen, will return for its third go-round on Oct. 8 at the SummerStage in Central Park in New York. This will be the first time the event will be held in Central Park, after being staged at Coney Island in 2016 and Pier 97 in 2015. Pre-sale tickets to the show become available Aug. 1.

The lineup for the 2017 Elsie Fest has not been announced, but previous performers at the event include three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, three-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo, Tony nominee Megan Hilty, Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom Jr., Academy Award and Tony-winning songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony winner Lea Salonga, Aaron Tveit and Evan Rachel Wood.


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