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.






Episode 10: Data Visualization

Shirley Wu is a Data Visualization Artist who created an amazing analysis of every line in Hamilton. I talk to her about data visualization, how she saw Hamilton by accident, (By accident!), what’s awesome about Elsie Fest, why she should watch Glee, and what’s great about following me on Twitter.

You can listen to the episode here.

In my intro, I remind everyone how to become a Sticker Fairy, and of course, we have announcements about Elsie Alumni.

Shirley’s work was sent to me by a fan, Kyle from NJ. If you see something awesome that you think I’d like, or someone you’d love to hear interviewed on the podcast, please let me know in the comments or send me an email I’m pretty much happy to talk to anyone who wants to nerd out about Broadway or TV musicals.

And I still have some items left from Broadwaycon, so don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @elsiepod to make sure you’re entered for giveaways!

Episode 9: Lalabird

Hi, Elsie Fans!

Today’s episode features Broadway actress and singer Lauren Elder. She just came out with a CD and she’s letting me give one away! You can listen to the episode here.

Lauren and I had the best time talking. There’s a little noise in the background because Lauren was on a ski trip with her extended family and hiding out in the bathroom to talk to me. But everyone likes hearing kids playing, right?

You’ll also hear about my adventures at Broadwaycon. It was great meeting so many of  my guests in person. And now I’m inspired to give stuff away.

So, I have two things going on at once, but you can enter them both the same way!

To win the Lauren Elder CD: Follow me on Twitter @elsiepod

I’ll pick a follower at random on Friday, February 10th around noon. My immediate family is not eligible. Neither is Lauren’s immediate family. I don’t give prizes to anyone I suspect is not a real person (like if you’re a company) and my former prize winners Branch, and Annie, are also not eligible. I think it’s about time to let Jen be eligible to win stuff again. It’s been three months since she won the duck. I will announce the winner on Twitter. The winner will then have to contact me via email with their mailing address. If you do not contact me in a reasonable amount of time (as determined by me) I will give a warning and then I’ll choose another winner.

To win swag I got at Broadwaycon: Follow me on Twitter @elsiepod

(See? Super easy: you enter both the same way!)

Every time I get 10 new followers, I will give something away. So far, I gave away a Broadwaycon Playbill and two Broadway Masters stickers. I’m going to keep doing this until I get to 200 followers, then the rules may change. So tell all your friends to follow me so I can give away lots of stuff! Corporations and fake people are still not eligible to win this stuff, but everyone else is. Also, winning this stuff will not make you ineligible to win bigger giveaways. This is just free stuff I got at Broadwaycon, but I know some of you really like this stuff and you’re far away, so I’m happy to pass it along!

Sometimes I’ll just choose a random winner for a tiny prize. Other times I’ll ask you to retweet if you want to win a bigger prize (like the Playbill) because I want to make sure it goes to someone who really, really wants it. I reserve the right to change all the rules and will announce any changes on Twitter.

Please, if you win something but you don’t want it, just let me know. I’ll pick another winner. I don’t want to waste cool stuff.

I think that’s everything you need to know, but if you have any questions, email me:

Make more art!


Happy 2017!

One year ago today, I hadn’t seen

  • Something Rotten
  • She Loves Me
  • White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
  • Spamilton
  • Falsettos (Well, on Broadway)
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • The Babylon Line

One year ago today, my Kid hated musicals generally and Hamilton most of all.

One year ago today, Glee was a show I watched part of in 2009 and didn’t think about much.

One year ago today, I didn’t know who Darren Criss was, and I had only read one Land of Stories book (and the first one is the worst one, you know?).

One year ago today, I had never heard of Elsie Fest.

One year ago today, I didn’t have a podcast.

One year ago today, I hadn’t watched Galavant, or Smash, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wasn’t a thing.

One year ago today, there was no Stranger Things.

One year ago today, I didn’t know about Lights of Broadway or Ducking Up Broadway or Elemental Cookies.

One year ago today, I didn’t have a bestie named Kristine that my Kid picked out for me.

One year ago today, I hadn’t met Zachary Levi or James Roday.

One year ago today, there was no Sticker Fairy.

One year ago today, I only had one nephew.

May 2017 be Elsietastic for all of you! (By which I mean: early announcement of Elsie Fest 2017, many collaborations among Elsie alums, lots and lots of theater, new friends, random show tunes, and many opportunities to Make More Art!)


Episode 5: Squigs

Update 12/16/16: The winner of the Lights of Broadway giveaway is @AsInTree. Congratulations, Branch! Thanks for supporting the podcast.

In episode 5, I talk to Squigs Robertson, co-creator of The Lights of Broadway trading cards. We talk about the cards, Squigs’ drawings at Elsie Fest 2016, and lots more. Plus, Squigs has offered a generous giveaway package!

Listen to Episode 5. 

Donate to The Criss Project’s #DarrensDirty30 campaign to raise $3000 before Darren Criss turns 30 on February 5th here. Buy a Christmas themed t-shirt to support the project here. Buy a TCP30 t-shirt to support the project here.

The following Elsie Fest alumni have trading cards available from The Lights of Broadway:

Summer, 2015 edition: Jason Robert Brown

Autumn, 2015 edition: Darren Criss, Laura Osnes, Lena Hall, Leslie Odom Jr, Megan Hilty

Spring, 2016 edition: Aaron Tveit, Cynthia Erivo, Liz Callaway, Seth Rudetsky, Tituss Burgess

Autumn, 2016 edition: Lindsay Mendez, Pasek & Paul

You can buy The Lights of Broadway trading cards on their website, 

An article about Dori Bernstein’s new musical Half Time is here.

To participate in the giveaway from The Lights of Broadway, follow me on Twitter @elsiepod. One winner will be selected at random on Friday, December 16 from among my Twitter followers. The winner will be announced on Twitter and on this blog, and will then need to send their shipping information to me at If the winner does not respond within a reasonable amount of time as determined by me, a second winner will be selected at random. My immediate family members are not eligible to win. @Jennylom10, I know you’re used to winning everything, but you’re not winning this because you won my last giveaway and it’s time to give someone else a turn.

The giveaway includes:

  • 5 packs of Fall 2016 edition cards
  • A limited edition sticker
  • A George Takei card (not available for sale)
  • A New York Times card (only given out at press events)
  • A Tony Awards card