54: Teddy Toye and Becca Lee talk about The Prom


The Prom was one of the new musicals featured at Elsie Fest 2018. Ensemble members Teddy Toye and Becca Lee are here to talk about this new musical, their experience at Elsie Fest, and what it means to be part of the ensemble in a Broadway show.

Check out the performance from Elsie Fest:

And these great photos from backstage that Becca and Teddy shared with me.

Becca Lee poses with Jodi Benson

Becca Lee with Jodi Benson at Elsie Fest

The cast of The Prom and Ben Stiller

The cast of The Prom poses with Ben Stiller backstage at Elsie Fest


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53: Be More Chill


I interview the Music Director and Vocal Arranger from the soon-to-be Broadway show Be More Chill! We talk about what it means to be a Music Director, what it’s been like working on an off-Broadway show that’s also a viral internet hit, and how to get a show ready for a performance at Elsie Fest.



(Cover photo by Maria Baranova courtesy of Be More Chill)


The Glee Bubble

This whole crazy thing started back in 2016. My family was looking for something to watch on Netflix and decided on Glee, mostly because the Kid enjoyed the Land of Stories books so we were able to talk her into it. (“Hey! That author you like used to be an actor on this show. Let’s check it out!”)

I fell in love with the show, and one thing led to a podcast.

But it was also 2016. The election coverage was raging, the country was bitterly divided, and I couldn’t deal with it. I mean, I participated, I voted (for sure–I always vote!) but I couldn’t listen to the podcasts or read the news websites I usually followed. It was all stressing me out. Instead, I found myself watching Glee over and over and over again.

Eventually, I found a happy medium–I got used to the country being a trash fire, got involved with a few organizations, made some friends on Twitter who shared my obsessions, and returned to a normal amount of television consumption, balanced out with creative activities and a normal amount of news consumption.

But with the midterm elections heating up, I’m feeling overwhelmed again, and I need to go back into my Glee bubble. Not completely–I volunteer every day for the ACLU and I will definitely vote (I always vote!)–but I need a break from news sites and podcasts.

If you’d like to join me in the bubble, you’re more than welcome! I thought it would be fun to chat with friends while I watch, so I started a discussion over on elsiedate.com. You can find it (you have to sign up for elsiedate first) by looking in the Musical Theatre section and clicking on “Musical Theatre–discussion”


Then click on “The Glee Bubble” (see above) and you can join in the discussion from there. I’m planning to watch about two episodes per evening, at roughly 8pm Eastern.

There are no rules really, except be nice to each other and please no bashing of actors under any circumstances. So we’ll see what happens. I expect that people will pop in and out, or maybe the whole idea will fizzle, or maybe we’ll end up with a core of regular viewer/discussers.

Episode 52: Sounds of Elsie Fest 2018

Welcome to Season Three of Elsie Cast!!!!

Thank you to everyone who subscribes to the podcast and/or the blog, who listened even once, who told a friend about the podcast, and who follows on Twitter or Facebook. And thank you to every one of you who came up and said hi at Elsie Fest. It means so much to know that there is a community of people out there forming around Elsie Fest and that this podcast is even a tiny part of it. Here’s the hug I want to give to all of you:


This episode of the podcast is one of my favorites. You’ll get to hear interviews with Elsie Fest attendees, a bit of the Marie’s Crisis singalong with last episode’s guest Kenney Green, and selections from the concert itself.

I did have some technical issues, so the episode isn’t as long as last year’s, but I hope it gives you a flavor of what it’s like to go to Elsie Fest and a little something to hang onto throughout the long year’s wait until the next Elsie Fest.

You can listen here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/52-sounds-from-elsie-fest-2018/

In other news, this happened:

Podcast host Rachel Ferat poses with Elsie Fest founder Darren Criss

We’re weird, and we sure are happy about it!

And here are some photos of my guests:

A woman poses with sunglasses, showing a peace sign


A woman poses outside Central Park


A man poses with an Elsie Cast flier



Thanks for listening, and make more art!

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