The hysterical Mathenee Treco (American Idol, Hamilton) starts off Rory's series of talking with the touring company of Hamilton. Mathenee plays Madison/Mulligan and is the perfect cast member for Rory to start with because Mathenee not only also went to Carnegie Mellon but so did his brother Gregory at the same time Rory was there and somehow they all wound up in Hamilton. Hear his story of going from CMU, to American Idol, to bartending to his current dream role!
Seth Gabel (Salem, Fringe, Nip/Tuck) and his wife Bryce Dallas Howard are in demand actors and their schedules have not always lined up. Seth tells Rory how they have managed that challenge well enough to raise two great kids, avoid excess publicity, and stay happy. Seth explains how he picks his roles and how his goal now is to not be defined by if he is working or not.
Rory somehow convinced his mother to sit down and talk about the agony and ecstasy of raising a child who dreams of being an actor. Gerry O'Malley talks us through the ups and downs of having an actor son and why her favorite job Rory ever had was at a financial firm. Rory also gives an update on the first national tour of Hamilton now that he is in San Francisco and in the last week of rehearsal.
Angela Lin (Coram Boy, Chinglish, Top Girls) and Rory have known each other since freshman year of college when they were naive 18 year olds with a dream. Angela talks about her experience as an Asian actress and how she has been able to stay positive through the challenges that the business presents her through faith and community. Rory and Angela have been having these conversations about surviving the entertainment world for nearly 15 years now. Clearly they get through it with a lot of laughs.
Alex Boniello fills Rory in on his journey from school athlete to Broadway performer in last seasons beloved revival of Spring Awakening. His story of why this had to be his Broadway debut is pretty spectacular. Alex gets honest about the thrills and downfalls of being in a big splashy limited-run hit and then having to figure out what to do next. Rory and Alex talk about knowing who you are as an actor and how that might means accepting that you aren't right for every role.
Bret Shuford (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Paramour) tells Rory how he got from small town Texas to Broadway. Bret was one of the first people Rory met in NYC and has always been a great source of wisdom. Luckily for everyone, he is now the Broadway Life Coach and working with folks to get the most out of life in this business. Things get a little deep when Bret and Rory talk about moving to NYC and their experiences on 9/11.
Rory talks about his final performance in Hamilton on Broadway and passing the torch to Taran Killam before startinf the tour. Then Joel Grey (Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe Award Winner) chats with Rory about life in show biz. He's a Broadway legend.
Lauren is the multi talented Star of Broadway's Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages and half of the band- The Skivvies! Lauren explains how she went from bus and truck tours, to Broadway, to forming her own rock band! Lauren is the definition of a "go getter." An artist who makes her own work.
Rory talks about his wild nerves before doing his show at 54 Below last week and then speaks with his crazy and hilarious pal Chris Leary! Chris is a dresser at Hamilton who went to college to be an actor and then opened up his options after he moved to NYC and didn't find that the life of just auditioning and side jobs was enough for him. Instead of continuing to do something he didn't like, Chris dropped his resume off with wardrobe supervisors at dozens of Broadway shows and found himself working at Hamilton! Every show, Chris comes to Rory's dressing room for their "meeting" to talk about the latest happenings in the theater and their love for Mandy Gonzalez. Listen in to their "meeting"here!
Rory tells how he and Josh Groban got into a friendly competion to collect the most money for Broadawy Cares and how it escalated quickly when the owner of the Colts got involved! Then one of Broadway's most successful Music Directors, Stephen Oremus (Wicked, Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots) talks to Rory about how he got his break when Stephen Schwartz asked him to work on a little reading of his new show called "Wicked". Stephen has been on an amazing ride ever since and his story is incredible. He's won Tony and Grammy Awards but his greatest achievement is his new baby girl. He tells us how she has changed his world. We also get some insight into what it feels like to have watched thousands of actors audition.