Rory's husband makes fun of him for an entire episode! Gerold Schroeder joins us on LTD to talk about what it's like to be a "civilian" in a relationship with an actor. Rory and Gerold have been together for nine years and stuck it out through good times like The Book of Mormon and through bad times like "that census job." Gerold and Rory discuss how they have managed the long distance relationship between NY and LA over the last 8 months with humor and plane travel. Rory also thanks the entire Broadway community for all of their support over the last week!
Nikki James joins us on LTD! Nikki is a Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon and was last seen on Broadway as Eponine in Les Miserables. Rory and Nikki are bonded for life over their experience in The Book of Mormon. Nikki takes us through her journey and tells us about the joy and pressure that comes along with winning a major award.
This week Rory talks about the audience reaction during the first performance of Hamilton after the election and is joined by guest Andrew Briedis, the man behind the hilarious twitter handle "Annoying Actor Friend." Andrew has a unique journey and tells us why he feels #blessed to have gone from musical theatre actor to social media personality to writer. Andrew explains how two shows Rory performed in, The Book of Mormon and Happy Days: The Musical, were both turning points in his life.
Here comes the General! Christopher Jackson talks to Rory during the final week of his Tony nominated performance as George Washington in Hamilton. Christopher (In The Heights, The Lion King) launching into TV stardom in the new hit CBS show Bull and is married with children. Rory and Christopher discuss balancing all of that, why he hates actors goofing around on stage, and his determination to meet fans at the stage door as much as possible. Christopher tells us how the cast of Hamilton and working on the show lifted him up when his father passed away and why he considers Lin and the creative team his brothers. Christopher is a leader in every sense of the word and before he sings his iconic role "one last time," Rory gets the chance to thank him for being such good dude.
The very funny Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening, Lysistrata Jones, Masters of Sex) talks to Rory about his beautiful experience in Spring Awakening from LA to Broadway. He didn't expect to be on Broadway when he was in high school. He had such low expectations for himself, his college application essay was entitled "Preparing to be Homeless!" Alex, a self described "neurotic jew", shares his survival guide for auditioning and avoiding self sabotage with humor and gratitude.
Leslie Kritzer (Legally Blonde, Something Rotten, The Robber Bridegroom) is here! Rory and Leslie talk about currently having small amounts of stage time in their current Broadway shows and how they spend their backstage time. Leslie is a hilarious performer and crazy singer. She is always creating her own projects and recently got Rory to dress in drag for Hillary and Tacos. Listen to find out how she pulled off her most recent comedy music video: TACO TRUCK INVASION!
Rory tells the crazy tale of his Broadway show Nerds getting canceled only three weeks into rehearsal and then finding himself in Hamilton days later. It's been a wild year and Rory walks you through the ups and downs of it all. Then Rory's friend Amy Linden (The Bridges of Madison County) talks about balancing side jobs, auditioning, and how she found out she got Bridges while on a break at her restaurant job. Amy is an extremely talented up and coming actress who shares what it takes to stay positive through a day job to get to your dream job.
Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hair, The Book of Mormon, Hello Dolly) talks with Rory about the challenges of working on long running shows, their fight for marriage equality, and the practice of being happy!
Rory tells an embarrassing story that happened in front of Hamilton’s theater this week. Then the very zen Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, One Life to Live, If/Then) talks with Rory about finding other ways to be creative, NY vs. LA, and dealing with audition rejection.
Rory chats with his friend Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, 9 to 5, Falsettos) about being a woman in the industry, juggling her beautiful family with her amazing career and defining success for herself.