32 & 33: Jenna Ushkowitz

I was so pleased to interview Jenna Ushkowitz, my second Elsie Fest alumna. I was dying to know how she wound up singing “Granger Danger” of all things at Elsie Fest 2017.

Jenna spoke generously about that and many other things including growing up on Broadway, being a fan, and of course Glee. We had such a great conversation that I had to divide it into two parts.

Part 1: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/32-jenna-ushkowitz-part-i/

Part 2: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/33-jenna-ushkowitz-part-ii/

We also talked about some of the things Jenna is working on now, like Hello Again, Epic Fail, and the Concert for America in Hartford (which featured Elsie alums from all three years!)

I made this t-shirt to celebrate Jenna’s love of a certain mega-musical:

And, when we had already talked for an hour, Jenna gave me ten more minutes to ask the Glee questions I’ve always wanted to ask. I can’t thank Jenna enough for her generosity of time and spirit, so I’ll just tell you to go listen to Epic Fail.


Next time on the podcast:

December 4: Starkid Corner

New items in my shop:

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31: Jeremy-Jordan.com by day, Waitress usher by night

I interviewed the amazing Jennifer Lyn, friend and webmaster to Jeremy Jordan and also an usher at Waitress. We had SO MUCH FUN talking.

Check out the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/31-jeremy-jordancom-by-day-waitress-usher-by-night/

Jennifer sent me the picture from the first time she met Jeremy, and also a more recent picture of the two of them.

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Many moons ago.

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Today (roughly)

See how the babies have grown into debonair grown-ups? Yeah, whatever. Anyway, check out all the fun at Jeremy-Jordan.com and follow them on Twitter at @jeremyjordancom. (You can follow Jeremy himself at @JeremyMJordan.)

The official t-shirt of this episode has become the most popular item in my shop. Check it out here:

Even Jeremy likes it:

 

And here, just for fun, is another look at me and Jeremy at Elsie Fest. Because me and Jeremy at Elsie Fest.

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Coming up on the podcast:

November 20: Jenna Ushkowitz

December 4: StarKid Corner

December 18: Pets of Broadway

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?

26: Adam Brunetti backstage at Elsie Fest 2016

If you’re looking for the FAQ about Elsie Fest 2017, it’s here.

Episode 26 is here, and it features Adam Brunetti! You can listen to it here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/26-adam-brunetti-backstage-at-elsie-fest-2016/

Adam is a freelance event producer and he was backstage at Elsie Fest 2016 helping out his buddy Darren Criss.

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We talk about that (Adam has some great stories) and speculate wildly about what might happen at Elsie Fest 2017. And talk about some other stuff.

Also, I reviewed Elsie alum Aaron Tveit’s production of Company at Barrington Stage Company. I mean, he’s in it, he didn’t direct it or anything. But he’s Bobby, so it’s kind of all about him.

Just thinking about Adam makes me ramble and tangential. So you can imagine what the episode is like. But I learned how to add music and do fades and properly beep swears (you kiss your mother with that mouth, Adam?) so you can enjoy all of that stuff and my husband the Sound Mixer says I got all my levels right so that’s some good work right there.

Also, we talked about stuff from past episodes like Julie James and Larry Hochman, so you can check those out by clicking their names.

Oh, and here’s a video of my friend James dancing with Lin-Manuel Miranda.