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/
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.
Mardie with her husband, Jim, and some other guy
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.
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