Megan Hilty, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss Lead Second Annual Elsie Fest

Jenny Anderson

Broadway’s biggest and brightest will join together Monday at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk for the second annual "Elsie Fest," a one-day outdoor music festival celebrating showtunes from stage and screen.

NBC's "Smash" star Megan Hilty will headline the event, joined by "The UnBreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess and Golden Globe-nominated actress Evan Rachel Wood with musician Zach Villa, performing as their band Rebel and a Basket Case.

Tony winner Lena Hall and Criss, both heading out on tour in "Hedwig and the Angry," will perform as well, with SiriusXM Radio host Julie James and "Newsies" star Corey Cott.

YouTube superstar Todrick Hall will take the stage. The 31-year-old stage vet will return to Broadway this December as Lola in "Kinky Boots."

Tony-winning composers Jason Robert Brown ("The Bridges of Madison County") and the Tony-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("Dear Evan Hansen") are on the roster as well.

Cynthia Erivo, a 2016 Tony winner for her role in "The Color Purple," will perform as a special guest.

The day kicks off at 1 p.m. and goes throughout the evening. In addition to the live sets, attendees will be offered exclusive meet and greet packages with their favorite stars, concert merchandise and a beer garden from the famed West Village piano bar Marie's Crisis.

The festival, which premiered last year at the JBL Live at Pier 97, is the brainchild of "Glee" alum Darren Criss, Broadway producer Jordan Roth and talent manager Ricky Rollins.

Criss had said he came out with the idea of the festival while at Coachella, thinking "let's do this for showtunes."

"Musical theater has been going through a wonderful shift in the past few years. Why not shake up people’s ideas of where to watch the performers they love?" the 29-year-old actor said.

A portion of the proceeeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

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