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

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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:

Episode 16: Curt Mega Warbler Extravaganza!

Episode 16 is now available, in which I review Dear Evan Hansen and Groundhog Day, then interview Curt Mega of Story Matters podcast. You may also remember Curt as Nick Warbler from Glee.

Part one of my interview is this week, and I’ll post part two next week. We talked for a really long time.

And we have a Warbler-themed giveaway!

A Playbill from In Transit autographed by 9 members of the cast including Telly Leung, who played Wes Warbler on Glee.

 

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Two Warblers I haven’t met (yet), Curt Mega, & Telly Leung

To enter, tweet @elsiepod using the hashtag #ElsieTransit. I’ll choose a winner on Friday, May 19 at about noon, Eastern time.

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This is not the Playbill I’m giving away, but it has the same autographs. I got this one signed, my helpful husband stood beside me and got another one signed. The one I’m giving away is unframed, of course.