24: Julie James reminisces about Elsie Fest 2016

July 31, 2017

While we all wait for our pre-sale codes to arrive, listen to me and Julie James of Sirius XM reminisce about last year's Elsie Fest.

Plus, my review of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, and all the excitement around Elsie Fest 2017!

See you all on October 8th!!

Check out my Elsie Fest FAQ: https://elsiepod.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/faq/

Julie James is on Twitter @Julie_James

Sign up for a free trial of Sirius XM here: http://www.siriusxm.com/sxm-learnmore?hpid=HP_NEW_LearnAboutMyTrial


Bonus: Black Girl Joy

July 23, 2017

Star Johnson writes musicals, but right now she's getting ready for a concert at New York Musical Festival called Black Girl Joy: Star Johnson in Concert.

We talk about being a black woman who writes musicals, we just plain nerd out some, and we speculate about the mysterious picture Darren Criss dropped on Friday. What's coming on Wednesday? When will we have an Elsie announcement? Who will be performing? (We have no idea, but that doesn't stop us from talking!)

Twitter: @starjartist

Web: nymf.org/starjohnson



23: Mardie Baldo, Gleek Goddess

July 17, 2017

Mardie Baldo has been a fangirl ever since she fell in love with Star Trek as a child. Our conversation is long and wide-ranging, but the highlight is her touching story about what Darren Criss meant to her husband. Thank you so much for sharing that, Mardie!

Also, an Elsie Fest 2017 update from Darren Criss himself, via Julie James (thanks for texting Darren for us, Julie!) my experience at New York Musical Festival, and a review of Come From Away. 



22: New York Musical Festival

July 3, 2017

**The interview in this episode was recorded on June 14, 2017.**

New York Musical Festival is coming up July 10th-August 6th. Go get your tickets and passes! I talk to Rachel Sussman about the festival, how the tickets and passes work, and she highlights some shows to look out for. We also discuss Broadway Sleepout.


Broadway Sleep Out: http://covhou.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1921&pg=entry

Indecent didn't close after all. Tickets and information here: http://www.indecentbroadway.com

More links and information for this episode can be found at https://elsiepod.wordpress.com 


21: Got Your Six on Bandstand’s Portrayal of Veterans

June 19, 2017

My guest is Matt Mabe from Got Your Six, a non-profit veteran's organization that strives to ensure that we have more realistic images of veterans in our public discourse. Got Your Six certified Bandstand, which stars Elsie Fest alums Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, through their Six Certified program. 

We talk about Matt's work with Bandstand and how it made him a Broadway fan.






My blog post on the Elsie Fest announcement: https://elsiepod.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/news-well-news-ish/



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.