23: Mardie Baldo, Gleek Goddess

First up: news!

You all know by now that Julie James will be on the podcast July 31st. Well, we already did the interview, and Julie texted Darren for us to get an Elsie update. He was cagey, of course, but he said they have a date and location and they’ll be announcing as soon as the lineup is finalized.

To which my reply is, as always, “Please just give us a date!!!” People want to book flights and hotels and otherwise plan their Septembers. You can release a Save the Date without having the lineup finalized. We, the fans of Elsie Fest, would really like that!

Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/23-mardie-baldo-gleek-goddess/

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There is a great story behind this picture.

My guest is Mardie Baldo, long time fangirl and enthusiastic Glee/Harry Potter/Darren Criss/Star Kid/Broadway/Computer Games fan. (Also if a Glee alum is in a thing, she probably likes that, too.) Mardie tells me how she got into loving musicals and into fandom, how she discovered Darren, and her beautiful story of meeting Darren a few times and how that helped her husband through his last days.

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Mardie with her husband, Jim, and some other guy

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Mardie is holding the photo collage she made to remember Jim’s time with Darren.

Then we chat about Mardie’s dream cast for the next Elsie Fest, and wonder who will be the first Glee alum to make it to Elsie.

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Mardie Baldo and Todrick Hall

All that, plus my reviews of Matthew McConaghey vs. the Devil and Come From Away.


Coming up on the podcast:

July 31: Julie James

August 13: Joaquin Sedillo, AD for Glee

August 27: Getting Ready for Elsie Fest

22: New York Musical Festival

I interviewed Rachel Sussman of New York Musical Festival.

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Rachel Sussman

Check out the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/22-new-york-musical-festival/

Here are the links I promised:

The Goree All-Girl String Band

Matthew Mcconaughey vs. the Devil: An American Myth

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

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Broadway Sleepout

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Evan Rachel Wood’s Ham4All tweet:

Cynthia Erivo’s Ham4All tweet:

Todrick Hall and Tiffany

Episode 19: Thespian Nerd

Sometimes I see someone on Twitter (or wherever) and I just think they look like fun to talk to. Tiffany was one of those people. And we had a great time talking about everything from Chris Colfer’s writing to Glee to Broadwaycon and Todrick Hall and Lena Hall and wild speculation about the next Elsie Fest.

You can listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/19-thespian-nerd/

This is a terrible quality video, but the quote Tiffany refers to is in it. It’s from Inside the Actors Studio:

Here are the Chris Colfer links I promised:

Official site for Chris Colfer’s Land of Storieshttp://thelandofstories.com

Amazon’s list of all of Chris Colfer’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Colfer/e/B007O2PO80

Here’s the pic of Tiffany with Todrick Hall:

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Tiffany met Todrick Hall at the stage door of Kinky Boots.

The Facebook Live where Darren mentions Elsie Fest is here: https://www.facebook.com/darrencriss/videos/10154489266594147/

The Elsie Fest comment is at about 34:53 if I’m reading the time thing correctly.

Episode 18: Broadway Babylon

I talk to the adorable William Statham about Broadway Babylon, an online group dedicated to Broadway news and discussions. Listen to the episode here.

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The adorable William Statham

We also discuss our mutual love of Darren Criss, Bandstand, and Dear Evan Hansen. William loves Dear Evan Hansen more than I do, but then William loves Dear Evan Hansen more than most people love breathing. Witness his shrine:

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William’s DEH shrine. Listen to the podcast to find out how he got the arm cast!

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