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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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

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