Elsie Fest. October 8th, 2017. Central Park. Be there or be square.



Blaine Theories

On this week’s episode, I launched a new podcast game called “Blaine Theories.” You may


What’s up with that watch?

recall that in the Pilot, I said one of the reasons I made this podcast was my desire to someday ask Darren Criss why Blaine wears his watch on his right wrist. I still want to know (does anybody know?)

But I have other questions about Blaine. Questions that are fun to talk about. So I made up this game and decided I’d play it with the next Gleek who came on the show.

The game goes like this. I have a list of multiple-choice questions about Blaine Anderson from Glee. The questions come from my head. The answers come from fan fiction. I read the question and answers, and my guest has to choose the answer she likes best, and defend her answer from canon.

The questions in this first edition of Blaine Theories were

Who is Blaine’s (secret) best friend?

  1. Sam
  2. Tina
  3. Santana
  4. Nick
  5. Wes

Where did Blaine live before he enrolled at Dalton Academy?

  1. New Jersey
  2. Westerville, OH
  3. Lima, OH
  4. Cleveland, OH

Blaine dated Karofsky because:

  1. He fell for David while he was emotionally vulnerable.
  2. Both of them love Kurt.
  3. He knew it would hurt Kurt.
  4. He really does like bears.

Tiffany and I had a great conversation, and Tiffany said she had fun. I definitely had fun. The question is, did you have fun listening? Do you want to hear more of this? Are there questions you wish I would ask*? Fan fics you think provide excellent answers I haven’t encountered before?

Let me know what you think about this feature. The next opportunity I’ll have to play (unless the guy from Got Your 6 is a secret Gleek, which would be fun) is in July when Mardie Baldo comes on. Mardie is already psyched to play.

*I don’t ask questions about sex, as those can’t be answered from canon, and I doubt I’ll ask anything that gets the fandom totally riled, like “What is Blaine’s ethnicity?” Anything else is pretty much fair game, though I reserve the right to choose or ignore questions for any reason at all.

Coming up on the podcast:

June 5: Tony Award Winning Orchestrator Larry Hochman (Hello Dolly!, She                                      Loves Me, Something Rotten, Spamalot, Book of Mormon)

June 19: Got Your 6

July 3: New York Musical Festival

Bonus Episode: Ham 4 Foster Care

On Friday morning, I noticed a tweet from Lea Salonga.

I happened to be home for a school conference, so I clicked on the video. It was great. And it was imploring Ellen DeGeneres to honor foster moms, which is a cause dear to my own heart. And dear to Eliza Hamilton‘s, too.

So I reached out to the ladies who made it and made you this little bonus episode. Please do what you can to help.

  1. Check out Kaley’s blog here.
  2. Check out Lauren’s video here:

3. Follow Lauren on Twitter @callmeleggs

4. Listen to the bonus episode here. (Live as of 3/20/17). Share this episode far and wide. Share Lauren’s video far and wide. Tag @TheEllenShow and @Lin_Manuel.

5. Kaley’s blog post about how to get involved with foster care is here.

And if you’ve got something to say about foster care, Make More Art!

Episode 11: Broadway Weekends

After a rant about supporting the arts (Make More Art!), I interview Jeanna de Waal, Broadway actress and founder of Broadway Weekends. We talk about Broadway Weekends (weekend-long Broadway camp for adults!), growing up as theater nerds, and why Cynthia Erivo is a beast. (Why isn’t Cynthia Erivo a beast?)

You can listen to the episode here.

If you listen in iTunes, please remember to subscribe, rate, and review! And if you can’t find Elsie Cast on your favorite podcast player, please let me know in the comments so that I can add it for you.

Questions in this episode: Jeanna wants me to interview Cynthia Erivo and ask her how she gets up every day and rules the world. We could all use some inspiration!

Do you have the best Broadway story? Come on the podcast and tell us! Email me at elsiefestpodcast at gmail dot com any time.