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?!

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Diane from Northern Ireland

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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

 

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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

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.

Episode 25: Remembering Glee with Joaquin Sedillo

I interview Joaquin Sedillo, the Director of Photography for Glee and Veronica Mars, among other projects.

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Joaquin Sedillo

You can hear the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/25-remembering-glee-with-joaquin-cedilla/

Below are the many scenes from Glee that we discussed, if you’d like to look at them more closely.

I counted, and it’s more like 50 people than 60-100, but still a lot.

Here’s Puppet Kurt’s Tumblr.

Here’s the Glee LEGO artist Joaquin talked about. Update: I’ve been informed that this artist is Marsha from Darren Criss Army, who unfortunately passed away in May. We’re still enjoying your art, Marsha. You made the world a better place, and that’s all any of us can ask for.

And here’s Broadway Bricks.

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Kurt Duckmel and Blaine Anderduck by Ducking Up Broadway

You can hear more about Ducking Up Broadway in Episode 3. And I wrote about getting my Klaine ducks here.


Coming up on the podcast:

August 28: Adam Brunetti backstage at Elsie Fest 2016

September 11: What does Elsie Fest mean to fans who can’t come to NY?

September 25: My First Anniversary episode with Kristine from Darren Criss Army