Darren Criss filled that Disney prince-sized hole in our heart at Elsie Fest Sunday night, singing “A Whole New World” from Aladdin alongside Lea Salonga, the actress who sang Jasmine’s songs in the iconic 1992 film.
Criss headlined the Elsie Fest, described as “Coachella for showtunes,” at New York City’s Pier 97 on Sunday along with fellow Broadway veterans Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Leslie Odom Jr., and Lea Salonga, among others. Surprise performances included out rocker Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees and the Grammy award-winning duo A Great Big World.
Criss’ closing set included hits from his days on Glee and, most notably, a Harry Potter spoof that payed homage to the YouTube video that made him famous. “Darren Criss is exactly what today’s Broadway needs,” Broadway dot com raved.
Below, check out Criss’ most memorable numbers from the evening, as well as Aaron Tveit’s too-good covers of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”: