A Plea and An Alliance

Those of you who only follow the blog may not be aware that I’m currently doing an Indiegogo. And there’s a giveaway going on for a few more hours!

If you give any amount before midnight tonight (February 20th) you will be entered to win this Laura Osnes/Jeremy Jordan autograph package.

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Watch this video for more information about the giveaway.

Then click here to contribute to the campaign. 

52941740_10157262790788120_5091969568071483392_nIn other news, today I became an official member of the Broadway Makers Alliance.The Broadway Makers Alliance is an organization of creatives who’ve taken a passion for Broadway and created high-quality products and services for the Broadway and theatre community. The Broadway Makers Alliance has created an online marketplace for their members to help the theatre-loving consumer find Broadway related products and services in a one-stop shop. They are also dedicated to the development of their “makers”, providing leadership, networking and resources.

I’m really excited to join friends of the podcast Broadway Up Close, Coloring Broadway, Dr. Drama and Laura Heywood, among other great creators who live to Make More Art about Broadway. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more makers as guests on the podcast and more giveaways in the future.
All of this does require funding, though, so please, if you can, give $5 to the Indiegogo so I can keep this project going. We’re 94% of the way to the goal, and as soon as I make my goal I’ll start doing free giveaways again.
But NOW is your last chance to get in on the autograph giveaway above.

50: Jen from Jeremy-Jordan.com is back!

You can listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/50-the-return-of-jen-from-jeremy-jordancom/

Check out Jeremy-Jordan.com for all the updates on Jeremy.

My previous interview with Jen

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Jen with some guy she met on the street

Elsie Cast Shop

31: Jeremy-Jordan.com by day, Waitress usher by night

I interviewed the amazing Jennifer Lyn, friend and webmaster to Jeremy Jordan and also an usher at Waitress. We had SO MUCH FUN talking.

Check out the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/31-jeremy-jordancom-by-day-waitress-usher-by-night/

Jennifer sent me the picture from the first time she met Jeremy, and also a more recent picture of the two of them.

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Many moons ago.

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Today (roughly)

See how the babies have grown into debonair grown-ups? Yeah, whatever. Anyway, check out all the fun at Jeremy-Jordan.com and follow them on Twitter at @jeremyjordancom. (You can follow Jeremy himself at @JeremyMJordan.)

The official t-shirt of this episode has become the most popular item in my shop. Check it out here:

Even Jeremy likes it:

 

And here, just for fun, is another look at me and Jeremy at Elsie Fest. Because me and Jeremy at Elsie Fest.

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Coming up on the podcast:

November 20: Jenna Ushkowitz

December 4: StarKid Corner

December 18: Pets of Broadway

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?!

Diane

Diane from Northern Ireland

Marcia

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