46: Wicked Frozen

May 21, 2018

I interview Wicked Frozen writers Zoe Farmingdale and Toby Singer about their new off-Broadway show, finding a career in the arts, and what Wicked and Frozen have in common.


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45: Rise producing director Rosemary Rodriguez

May 7, 2018

I interview Rise producing director Rosemary Rodriguez about her work on the show. Mostly we gush about Auli'i Cravalho. 

Because obviously.

Find out more about Rosemary at www.rosemaryrodriguez.com

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44: The Merch Guy

April 23, 2018

I talk to Ricky Winowiecki, CEO of Ann Arbor Tees about his long-standing relationship with Starkid, Darren Criss, Elsie Fest and Computer Games. Ann Arbor Tees has done merch for all four groups since 2011, and we got into the weeds about the technical aspects of providing merch for a group of crazy creative people.

Ricky also took me through the development of Elsie Fest merch from design to the merch booth, and tells me some of his favorite moments from the two Elsie Fests he's attended. If you are dying to know who designed the merch for each Elsie Fest so far, this is the podcast for you!

And don't miss the sale going on now until (probably) May at store.darrencriss.com! That sale includes official Elsie Fest merch!!!

Info and tickets for Solve-It Squad

For now, you can get your Elsie Cast merch at my shop on Zazzle, because I can't afford inventory, but as soon as I can, I'll be Team Ann Arbor Tees for sure! 



43: On Leslie Odom Jr. and Smash and Hamilton and Elsie Fest and so much more!

April 8, 2018

I interview Renee Grassi, youth librarian and long-time fan of Leslie Odom, Jr. We talk about Leslie, Smash, Hamilton, Glee, Spongebob, Rise, Boys in the Band, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the joys of national tours. Among other things. 

The episode ends with my recording of Lost Boys Life (Computer Games feat. Auli'i Cravalho) from Elsie Fest 2017. (Happy Birthday, Chuck!)

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42: Lea Michele’s biggest fan

March 26, 2018

I interview Camilla about loving Lea Michele. Along the way, we talk about Glee, what to do when your stan makes a show that terrifies you, Elsie Fest, Corey Cott, Alex Newell, Once On This Island, The Band's Visit, Casey Cott, Darren Criss and so much more!

The episode ends with Darren Criss singing Duck Tales. (Prepare yourself for end-of-Elsie-Fest-feels).

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41: Stanning Lea Salonga

March 12, 2018

First I talk about that video from Oscar night. You know, the one where they talk about Elsie Fest

Then, I get to interview Matt Steele and Michael Steele (pictured) about their love of Lea Salonga. We stan and stan and talk about the importance of art in education and stan some more. They really are the biggest Lea Salonga fans. 

The episode ends (as always) with a song from Elsie Fest 2017. Fittingly, it's "A Whole New World" sung by Darren Criss and Ingrid Michaelson. 

Here's Matt Steele's video: I'm Lea Salonga's Understudy

His YouTube channel is: www.youtube.com/twogaymatts

More about Michael Steele at mikesteeleonline.com

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TDF wants to help you see a show

February 26, 2018

I'm so excited to bring you my 40th episode! 

I interview Patrick Keohane, the Online Presence Manager for TDF. 


The episode ends with Norm Lewis singing "What's Going On" at Elsie Fest 2017. 

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Sounds of Broadwaycon

February 12, 2018

First I ramble about my own experiences at Broadwaycon, including the opportunity to meet Elsie alum Ari'el Stachel (pictured.) Then there's a snippet of a sing-along, a whole bunch of interviews, and finally some audio from the panels for The Band's Visit and Ahrens and Flaherty (including singing from Christy Altomare and Alex Newell.)

Special thanks to all my guests:

Ethan and Lyra








Thanks to Ann Arbor Tees and Sparkle! Designs for giveaway items. 

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38: Sounds from the Homework Release Party

January 29, 2018

This weekend was Broadwaycon. It was amazing. But I'm an introvert, and cons take a lot out of me. So instead of trying to stay up all night editing a podcast, I planned ahead and sent my Trusty Correspondent to the Darren Criss & Computer Games shows back in December. Heidi came on the show to tell me all about it, and she brought interviews with fans and a few songs from the show! 

So sit back, relax, and listen to the sounds of the Homework Release Party.

Thanks as always to Darren Criss, Ricky Rollins, and Jordan Roth for Elsie Fest. Find out more: www.elsiefest.com

Special thanks to Heidi and everyone else whose voice appears on this show, especially Darren, who knows me so well.

You can buy lots of cool merch (including the shirt Heidi delivered to Darren that Chuck says is "awesome") at my shop

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37: Fangirling about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with Dr. Drama

January 15, 2018

This episode is a bit different. Instead of an interview, Dr. Drama and I discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We had a really fun conversation and I learned some things.

SPOILERS DISCUSSED through Season 3 episode 7. 

TRIGGER WARNING for discussions of mental health issues as portrayed on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. More specific warnings in the podcast after the spoiler alert (because warnings include spoilers.) 

If you need help you can reach the Suicide Prevention Helpline here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Or the National Alliance for Mental Illness here: https://www.nami.org/

Also in this episode: All the details about finding me at Broadwaycon, news from Elsie alums, and at the end of the episode is my recording of Darren Criss singing Cough Syrup at Elsie Fest.

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