Episode 30 + Elsie Cast Merch!

You can listen to the new episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/30-all-things-broadway-talks-elsie-fest/

I had a great time getting to know Eliyahu Kheel and Keira Todd from All Things Broadway. If you’re on Facebook, go check it out. It’s a lot of fun. Eliyahu and Keira and I had lots of fun talking about Elsie Fest 2017 and Eliyahu’s meet & greet with Lea Michele!

AND, they inspired me to make a merch shop. I’ve been having so much fun designing things like this:

and this:

and this:

But most relevant to Episode 30 is the #doitforMardie t-shirt, which you must buy right this second. #doitforMardie

Honestly, if you don’t like any of it, don’t buy it. But if you do find something you like (and I’d appreciate it if you would take a look) then I’ll use the money to mail Playbills all over the world. I absolutely love the fact that I can make people around the world happy by giving away something that honestly is going to become dog-eared piles of mess around my house, but it does get expensive, especially when the random number generator picks a lot of international winners in a row. So if I can make just a little bit of money–just $5-$10 per month–it would offset the cost of mailing the Playbills and that would make this whole hobby just a little bit easier.

But, I mean, if you were planning to send money to Puerto Rico, by all means, do that instead. Just, if you’re in the market for a t-shirt or a tote bag, consider checking out the Elsie Cast shop. (You can get to it by clicking the logo right there.)

 


Coming up on the podcast:

November 6: JeremyJordan.com

November 20: Jenna Ushkowitz

December 4: still in the works, but if the thing I’m planning works out, it’s going to be EPIC. And did you notice November 20?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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Elsie Fest weekend.

Kristine showed up late on Friday. She brought take-out from Panera, so we sat at the dining room table while she ate and we went over our plans. It’s the first time Kristine stayed at my house and we didn’t get to watch an episode of Glee together, but there was too much to do.

Saturday morning we traveled into NYC to meet up with a bunch of Twitter friends for a Broadway Up Close tour. Kristine and I had both completed the Act I and Act III tours IMG_0002previously, so we did Act II and finally got to sign the Gypsy Shirt and become members of the BUC Gypsy Club. On the way to the tour, we stopped at Theater Circle and picked up some Lights of Broadway cards. I got some good ones for trading. Kristine is my lucky charm with LOB cards. Last time, I got TWO super-rares!

After the tour, we went out for a casual lunch and then walked to the New York Public Library, where some folks went on a tour, but Kristine and I wandered up to the reading room to see where all the movies get made, then sat on a bench to enjoy the air conditioning and free wifi, she on her phone madly updating @DarrenArmy, me on mine updating @Elsiepod. It’s good when we do it together because we can compare notes and make sure neither of us missed anything important. We also like to debate the ethics of re-posting certain things, and which posts fall under her mandate or mine. (Though around Elsie time, our agendas are pretty well aligned.)IMG_0008

Then I was fortunate that Kristine had a hotel room and said I could come relax for the afternoon. According to my Fitbit, we walked over 20k steps on Saturday. If I hadn’t had that hour or two of quiet to sit and relax, I don’t know how I would have made it through the weekend. I met her roommate Kerin, who is pretty awesome, and we got to know each other while Kristine kept up with @DarrenArmy.

I would be remiss to not tell you that all this leisure time during the busiest Twitter weekend of my year was enabled by JoAnna, who did an awesome job of keeping up my Twitter all weekend so that I could enjoy all these fun events, especially Elsie Fest itself. After talking to JoAnna about how much it means to folks who can’t come to NY to have all the links available, I couldn’t in good conscience leave my Twitter unattended while I was at Elsie Fest, but I had so many things to do I couldn’t handle it all myself. Thanks millions, JoAnna!!!

After a long walk across town, we had dinner at Five Napkin Burger (their tuna burger is one of those meals I can’t stop thinking about.) And then we went to see Prince of Broadway, which is so much fun, you shouldn’t miss it if you love musicals. Just hit after hit, and of course you have the constant experience of saying to yourself, “He produced this, too?!” The cast is incredible.

My Sunday is pretty well described on this week’s podcast episode. Check it out for stories, interviews, and music from Elsie Fest 2017! https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/29-sounds-of-elsie-fest-2017/

And here’s a gallery of some of my interviewees at their meet and greets:

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Doreen with Jeremy

Ena

Isn’t Ena the cutest?!

Diane

Diane from Northern Ireland

Marcia

Marcia and Darren remembering Marsha of the Darren Criss Army, who designed Marcia’s shirt


Coming up on the podcast:

October 23: All Things Broadway

November 6: Jeremyjordan.com

November 20: Jenna Ushkowitz

 

28: First anniversary feat. Darren Criss Army

Looking for the Elsie Fest FAQ? It’s here.


It’s my podcast-adversary!

Okay, technically, my podcast started on October 8th, but I’m a little bit busy that day going to the awesome party Darren Criss, Ricky Rollins, and Jordan Roth are throwing for me in Central Park, so I used my last podcast of my first season to celebrate instead.

My Broadway Bestie, Kristine from the Darren Criss Army, came back to help me celebrate. We reminisced about the year gone by–for Elsie Cast and for Darren Criss–and made some plans for going to Elsie Fest together (with some of our Twitter friends).

You can listen here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/28-first-anniversary-feat-darren-criss-army/

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Kristine and I went out for fancy donuts before our Broadway Up Close tour.

You’ll hear us talk about what a great time we had on our Broadway Up Close walking tours, and we’re excited to go on the final tour of the series so we can sign Tim’s t-shirt.

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Kristine and I will get to sign the t-shirt when we go on our next tour!

And we talk about our plans for Elsie Fest, and how you can find us. I’ll be doing interviews all day, both outside the venue with folks waiting on line, and inside (if I can) in between sets and whenever it makes sense to do so.

I’ll also be taking down names and email addresses of anyone who’d like to come on the podcast. It is a fan podcast, after all–I’m always looking for Elsie Fans to interview!

So come find us on my yellow blankets and pick up a sticker and let me know your favorite thing about Elsie Fest!

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We’ll be the ones sitting on these blankets. I made them myself!

Thank you to everyone who made this year possible, especially my listeners, who give me a reason to find all the Broadway nerds and interview them! Tell a friend about Elsie Cast so this whole enterprise can keep growing.


Coming up on the podcast:

October 9: Sounds of Elsie Fest

October 23: All Things Broadway on Elsie Fest ’17

November 6: Jen from Jeremy-Jordan.com

27: Loving Elsie from afar

JoAnna comes on the podcast to talk about how much she enjoys Elsie Fest, even though she’ll probably never attend in person.

If I don’t get this up tonight, I’ll be a whole episode behind, so this is all you get.

Sorry.

https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/27-loving-elsie-fest-from-afar/

If you’re looking for the Elsie Fest FAQ, it’s here.