Where have I been?

I’m sure some of you have noticed by now that I asked you all for money, received the money, and promptly disappeared. You’re probably wondering why.

First, a HUGE thank-you to everyone who has contributed to my Indiegogo. It means so much to know you care that my podcast is out there, which is another reason I feel compelled to explain my absence.

Basically, I’ve had a bunch of personal crap going on that has used up all my time and motivation. First, I had a family member going through some stuff that is not my business to share. Then that mostly resolved and I tried to set up an interview that didn’t come through as quickly as I’d hoped.

Then I went to the hospital.

Rachel in the hospital

NG tube: pretty sure it stands for “not good.”

I won’t go into the details (believe me, you don’t want to know) but I’m fine now. And yes, that’s an Elsie Fest ’17 t-shirt under that gown. I am ALWAYS #onbrand.

So I’m recovering from that and my family member is dealing with the other thing that is mostly resolved but not completely and it all has me a bit distracted and I apologize because you all REALLY came through for me and then I dropped the ball. And I wanted you to know that Elsie Cast is important to me, all the more so because you are now collectively involved. It’s just not more important than my health and my family.

Once these things resolve I’ll be back to work on the podcast. More Be More Chill stuff is coming and I’m excited for Hadestown. And then we’ll have the Tonys and then we can start waiting for Elsie Fest ’19!

In conclusion: THANK YOU for your support of the podcast! I’ll get back to it as soon as I can.

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A Plea and An Alliance

Those of you who only follow the blog may not be aware that I’m currently doing an Indiegogo. And there’s a giveaway going on for a few more hours!

If you give any amount before midnight tonight (February 20th) you will be entered to win this Laura Osnes/Jeremy Jordan autograph package.

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Watch this video for more information about the giveaway.

Then click here to contribute to the campaign. 

52941740_10157262790788120_5091969568071483392_nIn other news, today I became an official member of the Broadway Makers Alliance.The Broadway Makers Alliance is an organization of creatives who’ve taken a passion for Broadway and created high-quality products and services for the Broadway and theatre community. The Broadway Makers Alliance has created an online marketplace for their members to help the theatre-loving consumer find Broadway related products and services in a one-stop shop. They are also dedicated to the development of their “makers”, providing leadership, networking and resources.

I’m really excited to join friends of the podcast Broadway Up Close, Coloring Broadway, Dr. Drama and Laura Heywood, among other great creators who live to Make More Art about Broadway. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more makers as guests on the podcast and more giveaways in the future.
All of this does require funding, though, so please, if you can, give $5 to the Indiegogo so I can keep this project going. We’re 94% of the way to the goal, and as soon as I make my goal I’ll start doing free giveaways again.
But NOW is your last chance to get in on the autograph giveaway above.

58: Producer Ashlee Latimer

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ab58w-a7cb3a

I interview Producer/Director/Writer Ashlee Latimer about her work on Be More Chill, Once On This Island, and Hadestown, her approach to life, and our mutual love of Darren Criss. I found her inspiring and I think you will too.

Click here to support the Indiegogo. 

 

57: Be More Chill at the Guggenheim

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eyx7f-a5e8da

On Monday, January 21st I went to a Works & Process event at the Guggenheim Museum. The Creatives from Be More Chill were there to discuss the show with Laura Heywood and a medical ethicist. The event was terrific and I was able to interview some fans, members of the panel, and two of the cast members who performed at the event.

Thanks to Works & Process and to my guests: Alex, Max, Diane, Laura Heywood, Will Roland, Joe Iconis, Chase Brock, and George Salazar. Music in this episode is from the Be More Chill Karaoke Contest and my own recording from Elsie Fest 2018. Cover image courtesy of Be More Chill.

Click here to give $5 to my Indiegogo and enter to win Lights of Broadway cards signed by George Salazar and Joe Iconis.

Lights of Broadway Cards

You could win these cards!

 

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