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.
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.