43: On Leslie Odom Jr. and all the things

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I interview Renee Grassi about her love of Leslie Odom Jr., which stretches all the way back to his time on Smash!

First, the bad news: I CANNOT FIND A VIDEO OF “LET’S START TOMORROW TONIGHT” from Smash. So that’s why it’s not here. If you have a link to one, please let me know in the comments or email me at elsiefestpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @elsiepod.

Here’s a link to my blog post (from my old blog) about Sam and Tom.

And here’s the one about using Glee for sex ed.

And don’t forget to get Leslie’s book Failing Up!

Celebrate the first Elsie Fest with this t-shirt:

And find more awesome things in my shop.


Coming up on the podcast:

  • Ricky from Ann Arbor Tees
  • A fan report from the Todrick Hall tour
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, director of Rise!
  • The writers of the new off-Broadway show Wicked Frozen

 

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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:

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?

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