20: Tony Winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman

June 5, 2017

Larry Hochman won the Tony for Book of Mormon and has been nominated seven other times, including this year for Hello Dolly! We talk about how orchestration works, what it's like to orchestrate a new show vs. a revival, and what it's like to sit at the Tony Awards when you're nominated against three of your friends. Plus, what Larry would like me to ask Megan Hilty.

Also, my thoughts on Darren Criss and the naked picture. Please send me your thoughts on the naked picture. If you liked it, was it just because you could objectify him? Was there some other reason? If you didn't, why not? I'm curious, and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Send email to elsiefestpodcast at gmail dot com.


19: Thespian Nerd

May 29, 2017

Tiffany and I chat about being moms who love theater, speculate wildly about the next Elsie Fest, and play my new game: Blaine Theories.

Also hear about the time Tiffany met Darren Criss and the time she met Todrick Hall!




18: Broadway Babylon

May 22, 2017

I interview William Statham, one of the admins behind Broadway Babylon, an online aggregator for Broadway news. We talk about Bandstand and Dear Evan Hansen and how much we love Darren Criss and generally have a great time nerding out.

All that plus news from Elsie Alums and the tiniest Elsie Fest 2017 update ever. 

Find Broadway Babylon at https://www.facebook.com/groups/broadwaybabylon/

Follow on Twitter @bwaybabylon

Instagram: @broadwaybabylon



17: Curt Mega Warbler Extravaganza Part 2

May 15, 2017

Trigger warning for mention of death and grieving.

Part 2 of my interview with Curt Mega, plus a review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Story Matters giveaway ends May 15--go leave a review on iTunes. While you're there, leave me one also! 

To enter the In Transit autographed Playbill giveaway, tweet @Elsiepod using #ElsieTransit

Coming up on the podcast:

May 22: Broadway Babylon

May 29: Thespian Nerd

June 5: Tony winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman

Subscribe now so you don't miss it, and please tell your friends.


16: Curt Mega Warbler Extravaganza Part 1

May 8, 2017

Hear my reviews of Dear Evan Hansen and Groundhog Day, and then Part 1 of my ginormous interview with Warbler Nick, AKA Curt Mega of Story Matters Podcast. We have a wide ranging conversation about Glee, podcasting, In Transit, meeting celebrities and integrity in art. (Next week we'll talk about more Glee and also Elsie Fest.) Stay tuned after the interview to hear about my Warbler giveaway! (That's the extravaganza part.)

Part 2 of this interview will be released on Monday, May 15th. 


15: Hamiltour

April 24, 2017

Hear all about my week exploring Hamilton sites around New York City with the Kid, including an interview with Tim Dolan, owner of Broadway Up Close Walking tours, and Bryan Barreras, author of Where Was The Room Where It Happened?

Plus, Tim Dolan is giving away two tickets to his Hamiltour! Drawing will be May 5th. 


14: Puffs, or, An Interesting Interview With Matt Cox, playwright

April 10, 2017

First, I review the three plays I've seen in the past two weeks: The Lightning Thief, In Transit, and Bandstand. (Spoiler: I like all of them.) Then, an interview with Matt Cox, writer of Puffs.

We have a giveaway of two tickets to Puffs and a t-shirt. Enter now until April 19th. 


Episode 13: Show-Score: Rotten Tomatoes for Theater

March 27, 2017

I talk to Show-Score founder Tom Melcher about his website, what's hot in New York right now, and what we'd like to see at the next Elsie Fest.

Plus, a preview of my next episode and breaking news from Curt Mega! 


Bonus Episode: Ham 4 Foster Care

March 20, 2017

When Elsie alum Lea Salonga tweeted a charming video featuring Lauren Gau singing her own version of Say No To This, I reached out right away. Listen to Lauren and her sister Kaley Eggers tell me about foster care and why they think Ellen DeGeneres should do a show just for foster moms.

More info on Lauren's blog: http://adventuresoftheordinarylife.blogspot.com or at https://elsiepod.wordpress.com 




Episode 12: Accessibility

March 13, 2017

Hear my reviews of Puffs, Significant Other, and Computer Games. Then I talk to Leah Diaz from TDF about accessibility in the theater. I learned a few things and I hope you do, too!