Elsie Cast
43: On Leslie Odom Jr. and Smash and Hamilton and Elsie Fest and so much more!

43: On Leslie Odom Jr. and Smash and Hamilton and Elsie Fest and so much more!

April 8, 2018

I interview Renee Grassi, youth librarian and long-time fan of Leslie Odom, Jr. We talk about Leslie, Smash, Hamilton, Glee, Spongebob, Rise, Boys in the Band, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the joys of national tours. Among other things. 

The episode ends with my recording of Lost Boys Life (Computer Games feat. Auli'i Cravalho) from Elsie Fest 2017. (Happy Birthday, Chuck!)

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42: Lea Michele’s biggest fan

42: Lea Michele’s biggest fan

March 26, 2018

I interview Camilla about loving Lea Michele. Along the way, we talk about Glee, what to do when your stan makes a show that terrifies you, Elsie Fest, Corey Cott, Alex Newell, Once On This Island, The Band's Visit, Casey Cott, Darren Criss and so much more!

The episode ends with Darren Criss singing Duck Tales. (Prepare yourself for end-of-Elsie-Fest-feels).

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41: Stanning Lea Salonga

41: Stanning Lea Salonga

March 12, 2018

First I talk about that video from Oscar night. You know, the one where they talk about Elsie Fest

Then, I get to interview Matt Steele and Michael Steele (pictured) about their love of Lea Salonga. We stan and stan and talk about the importance of art in education and stan some more. They really are the biggest Lea Salonga fans. 

The episode ends (as always) with a song from Elsie Fest 2017. Fittingly, it's "A Whole New World" sung by Darren Criss and Ingrid Michaelson. 

Here's Matt Steele's video: I'm Lea Salonga's Understudy

His YouTube channel is: www.youtube.com/twogaymatts

More about Michael Steele at mikesteeleonline.com

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TDF wants to help you see a show

TDF wants to help you see a show

February 26, 2018

I'm so excited to bring you my 40th episode! 

I interview Patrick Keohane, the Online Presence Manager for TDF. 

www.tdf.org

The episode ends with Norm Lewis singing "What's Going On" at Elsie Fest 2017. 

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Sounds of Broadwaycon

Sounds of Broadwaycon

February 12, 2018

First I ramble about my own experiences at Broadwaycon, including the opportunity to meet Elsie alum Ari'el Stachel (pictured.) Then there's a snippet of a sing-along, a whole bunch of interviews, and finally some audio from the panels for The Band's Visit and Ahrens and Flaherty (including singing from Christy Altomare and Alex Newell.)

Special thanks to all my guests:

Ethan and Lyra

Tim

Alexis

Sarah

Gigi

Mardie

Samantha

Abbie

Thanks to Ann Arbor Tees and Sparkle! Designs for giveaway items. 

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38: Sounds from the Homework Release Party

38: Sounds from the Homework Release Party

January 29, 2018

This weekend was Broadwaycon. It was amazing. But I'm an introvert, and cons take a lot out of me. So instead of trying to stay up all night editing a podcast, I planned ahead and sent my Trusty Correspondent to the Darren Criss & Computer Games shows back in December. Heidi came on the show to tell me all about it, and she brought interviews with fans and a few songs from the show! 

So sit back, relax, and listen to the sounds of the Homework Release Party.

Thanks as always to Darren Criss, Ricky Rollins, and Jordan Roth for Elsie Fest. Find out more: www.elsiefest.com

Special thanks to Heidi and everyone else whose voice appears on this show, especially Darren, who knows me so well.

You can buy lots of cool merch (including the shirt Heidi delivered to Darren that Chuck says is "awesome") at my shop

Donate to The Criss Project here. Or buy their merch here

#MakeMoreArt

37: Fangirling about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with Dr. Drama

37: Fangirling about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with Dr. Drama

January 15, 2018

This episode is a bit different. Instead of an interview, Dr. Drama and I discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We had a really fun conversation and I learned some things.

SPOILERS DISCUSSED through Season 3 episode 7. 

TRIGGER WARNING for discussions of mental health issues as portrayed on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. More specific warnings in the podcast after the spoiler alert (because warnings include spoilers.) 

If you need help you can reach the Suicide Prevention Helpline here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Or the National Alliance for Mental Illness here: https://www.nami.org/

Also in this episode: All the details about finding me at Broadwaycon, news from Elsie alums, and at the end of the episode is my recording of Darren Criss singing Cough Syrup at Elsie Fest.

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36: Pets of Broadway

36: Pets of Broadway

January 1, 2018

First, my review of Once On This Island. Can you believe I saw so many awesome things recently that I forgot to review The Greatest Showman? 

Then, my interview with Janie and Amy from PetsofBroadway.org. We have a blast talking about...well, pets and Broadway.

And make sure you listen all the way to the end so you don't miss my recording of Keala Settle and Darren Criss singing This Is Me at Elsie Fest. My stupid iPhone recording does not do justice to the experience of hearing that live, but it's something.

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35: Broadwaycon

35: Broadwaycon

December 18, 2017

In the intro, I celebrate ALL the new things this weekend, and reveal the identity of the person who's going around telling people he knows me when he actually doesn't. 

Then, I interview Broadwaycon Programming Director Sierra Fox. Find out everything you need to know about Broadwaycon! 

And we end with my recording of Darren Criss singing Cabaret at Elsie Fest 2017. 

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The shirt Darren has is this one

34: StarKid Corner

34: StarKid Corner

December 4, 2017

An announcement of my upcoming celebration for 1,000 Twitter followers! (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)

Then I interview Lou from StarKid Corner. We talk about being a StarKid fan, what it's like to love something that mostly happens in another country, the odd circumstance of being with some of the Warblers when they found out about Cory Monteith's death, and the responsibility of having an online following. Basically, Lou is just awesome, it's my first international interview, and you get to listen to her British accent! 

And we go out on my recording of "Teenage Dream" from Elsie Fest.

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