Seth Rudetsky (Siruis Xm Broadway, Disaster The Musical) and his husband James Wesley talk to Rory about their Concert for America this Saturday June 24th in San Francisco! They started producing these Broadway events all across the country to raise money and awareness for causes that will go neglected under our current government. Seth tells Rory how he went from playing piano in the pit of a Broadway show, to being a writer on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, to hosting his own show on Sirius Xm Broadway. He is an author, activist, and recently performed on Broadway in his show DISASTER last season which he also co-wrote. The man is non-stop and a perfect person to talk to about "living the dream."
Rory talks about the previous night's Tony Awards and gushes over his friend Gavin Creel's win. Then Rory talks to Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas) about his experience on Broadway, being a family man, and how he juggles both. He also tells the story of how the Groundhog Day cast overcame the set breaking and the star getting injured. Raymond and Rory have a lot in common including being gay married men and having been in a Broadway show that fell apart during rehearsals, something that will bond them forever. They talk about the challenges of being type cast and how far the industry has come in casting Asian American actors like Raymond.
Christine (Step By Step, Hollywood Darlings) and Rory go way back to the days when they were in Garry Marshall's Happy Days: The Musical at his Falcon Theatre in Burbank where they played siblings- Joanie and Richie. Christine was already a pro at the business even back then after her child star years playing "Al" in the TGIF hit Step By Step. Christine talks about making the decision to stay an actor in adulthood and how she makes that decision everyday. Now Christine is starring in a tv show called Hollywood Darlings playing a heightened versions of herself along with fellow child actor alums Jodie Sweetin and Beverly Mitchell. Christine has always been smart and remained proactive about creating work for herself. Her new role as wife and mother has proved to be her most rewarding part yet. Rory and Christine laugh about the old days including that time they yelled horrible things at Lindsay Lohan.
Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Scottsboro Boys, Shuffle Along, In The Heights) has a resume that easily makes him a Broadway veteran, but #HamilTour's Aaron Burr is just getting started. Josh gets choked up telling Rory about his Broadway debut in In the Heights and the new found sensation Hamilton has given him- security. Josh has gone through many highs and lows in this business including being cast as a lead for the first time in a Broadway show, leaving another gig to do it only for the new show to be canceled. Josh reveals his genius way to let people know they can enter his dressing room and Rory gives Josh a hard time for being good at absolutely everything, including ping pong.
David Hull ("White Josh" on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) walks us through his journey from theme park performer, to Broadway chorus boy, to TV series regular. After finding success in the ensemble on Broadway, David made a decision to focus on straight plays and wound up in the LA premiere of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, which opened him up to the LA TV scene. David has become a fierce advocate for LA public transportation and assures Rory he will find him most efficient route to get him to the Pantages when Hamilton arrives in LA!
Continuing his conversations with Hamilton cast members, Rory talks to ensemble member Afra Hines (In the Heights, Shuffle Along, Wicked) about how she went from studying at Alvin Ailey to the original cast of In the Heights. Afra talks about being a woman of color in showbusiness, how giving back to people is so important, and tells Rory stories about her days as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall!
"Living the Dream with Rory" listeners get their chance to ask Rory questions like "Who inspired you to become an actor?", "How do you get an agent?" and hard hitting ones like... "What is your favorite kind of popsicle?" Then Rory talks with his high school prom date and good friend Lyndsay Brill about making the transisiton from actress to nurse. They chat about what inspired her to take her performer talents from the stage to the hospital room and how she thinks her acting skills will benefit her in her new career. Lyndsay is an awesome example of how following your dream doesn't mean you know where your dream will take you, it just means you will be amazed when you get there!
Michael Luwoye plays the man himself... A. HAM! He started as the alternate on Broadway and now leads the tour currently in San Francisco. The story of how he got there is not your typical Broadway actor story. Growing up in Alabama, Michael never saw himself living in NYC, but a few twists and turns in his path led him straight to Hamilton. Rory gets Michael's details on his side jobs, his audition story, and the origin of his backstage rituals. Rory also tells Michael a touching story about his perfrmance that involves Renee Elise Goldsberry.
Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Frozen, Rory's college roommate) finally gets on the podcast after months of begging. He confesses to Rory that his iconic characters of Olaf and Elder Cunningham were both based on Rory. (Stolen) Josh talks about the time early on in his career when he almost threw in the towel and how he overcame that on his way to success. Josh and Rory have known eachother since they were 18 year old freshmen at Carnegie Mellon University. Their paths continued to cross on Broadway in The 25th Annual Spelling Bee and Mormon. They talk about what it takes to stay positive in this crazy business. Clearly their survival kit includes having a friend you can laugh with...and at.
Emmy, who plays Angelica in the tour of Hamilton, tells us the story of how she became the only performer to open all three companies of Hamilton and went from an ensemble/understudy track to playing one of the coolest roles in the show. Her story is as incredible as her talent. Emmy and Rory also get into the drama of the beads that Groff replaced the dressing room door with and how they still haunt the King Georges to this day!