Lea Michele and Darren Criss To Perform At NJPAC This June!
Metropolitan Entertainment and New Jersey Performing Arts Center present actors and musicians Lea Michele and Darren Criss in concert this June. The duo will hit the stage together and solo, performing songs from Broadway, Glee and original songs from their recent solo albums. The co-headlining limited run tour was announced this afternoon during an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show and kicks off May 30, 2018 in Nashville. The LM/DC tour makes only one New York City stop in Newark, NJ at NJPAC on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8pm."We've always had so much fun performing together for one-off gigs, so it's high time we took that show on the road," Michele and Criss said in a joint statement. "We share so much musical history together between Glee, Broadway, and our own solo projects, so it will be fun to put it all together for our fans in one big show." Fans can sign-up to gain access to artist pre-sale tickets by visiting www.LMDCtour.com. The artist and American Express pre-sales begin Wednesday, April 11 at 10am ET. Tickets, priced at $39 - $99 (plus applicable fees), go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 13 at 10am ET. Tickets will be available online at NJPAC.org, Ticketmaster.com by phone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722) and in person at NJPAC Box Office located at 1 Center Street in Newark. VIP packages are also available. Please visit www.LMDCtour.com for all details. Michele last hit the road in the spring of 2017 for a string of sold-out shows on her Intimate Evening With North American tour. Performing songs from her albums Louder and Places, critics stated, "Lea created a really beautiful night and performance. One of the key factors in the concert being so warm and welcoming was the fact that you knew everyone in the room was feeling the same." Criss most recently released a five-track indie EP entitled Homework, his first solo project in over seven years. It debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart while SiriusXM described it as a "nice hybrid of early Elton John and Ben Folds." In 2017, he debuted his indie-pop band Computer Games along with his brother Chuck Criss with their first album Lost Boys Life EP. Billboard deemed the bands single "Every Single Night" as a contender for song of the summer. About Lea Michele
Lea Michele is best known for her performance as "Rachel Berry" on the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe, Grammy, and SAG award-winning Fox television series Glee. She has been nominated for an Emmy, a SAG Award, and multiple Golden Globes. The GLEE Cast recordings have sold over 10 million singles and garnered over 20 top 40 US Billboard Hot 100 hits. Lea released her debut album Louder in March of 2014, marking her step into her career as a solo artist with an incredible vocally-driven record. The album debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That same year, Lea added best-selling author to her resume when she released her first book, "Brunette Ambition," which was a New York Times Best Seller. She released her second book, "You First," the following year. In 2017 she released her sophomore album Places and embarked on a series of sold-out shows in North America in support of the album. ? About Darren Criss:
Darren Criss is a multi-faceted artist with an illustrious career spanning television, film, music and stage. His most recent television credit includes starring in the second installment of Ryan Murphy's award-winning series "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace," on FX as spree-killer Andrew Cunanan. The miniseries premiered to rave reviews in mid-January, with Criss's performance being dubbed as "electrifying," "chilling," "compelling," "magnetic and frightening," and "career-changing." In the fall of 2016, Criss returned to Broadway in his critically-acclaimed performance as Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which kicked off the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival's national tour. The New York Times touted Criss as "mesmerizing" when he first stepped into the title role on Broadway in 2015. Best known for playing Blaine Anderson on FOX's global phenomenon "Glee," he received an Emmy Award nomination in 2015 for best original music and lyrics for the song "This Time," which was performed by Lea Michele and appeared in the episode titled "Dreams Come True." New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., has the most diverse programming and audience of any performing arts center in the country, and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where Great Performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 8 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.