Jeff Greenberg is the Emmy Award winning casting director for MODERN FAMILY, CHEERS, FRASIER and many more groundbreaking hit TV series. He got his start in the business as a stage actor and made his way in casting through the LA theatre scene. Jeff's stories about casting Kirstie Alley in CHEERS and letting Lisa Kudrow go from FRASIER (she booked FRIENDS the next year) are priceless examples of the crazy nature of this industry.
Barrett Foa (NCIS:LA, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) was born and raised in NYC so his love for theater naturally led him to Broadway, but winding up on one of TV’s longest running TV shows was a little more of a surprise. Barrett explains how he moved to LA and within weeks found himself on NCIS: LA and how he has navigated the transition from Broadway to TV.
Mo Brady (The Addams Family, Smash, The Ensemblist) talks with Rory about his move from Broadway ensemble to Video and Social Media Producer for a major charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Mo explains how he came to embrace a change in career and “hung up his tap shoes”. His podcast, The Ensemblist has given him an outlet to continue in the performing world and share stories of his fellow Broadway ensemble members. The new season of The Ensemblist starts October 1st!
Marilu Henner (Taxi, Evening Shade, Chicago on Broadway) talks to Rory about her amazing career and how she went from the first ever production of Grease to TV star, to Broadway star and then health & wellness book mogul. Marilu has done it all and remembers every single bit of it due to her Highly Superior Auto-Biographical Memory that gives her the ability to know what she was doing every single day of her life. She is a remarkable woman who loves her family and is full of energy and joy.
Joseph Leo Bwarie, who played Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway and all over the country, reminisces with Rory about the old days while seated in the very theater where they met many years ago. Joe is talking over as co-Artistic Director for the Garry Marshall Theatre where both he and Rory got their start in Happy Days the Musical working for their mentor, Garry Marshall. Joe walks us through his journey to getting the role of Frankie Valli, his 9 years playing the part and his recent decision to take on his biggest role yet- Artistic Director at a theater he loves dearly.
Meet Hamiltour’s Eliza! The super talented Solea talks about booking this dream job just six weeks after graduating from college. Solea is an incredibly sweet and humble young woman who initially had a hard time believing it when they asked her to play Eliza, but has learned to embrace it and remember that she worked hard for it. Her boyfriend Ryan Vasquez is also a cast member on the tour and recently went on for the first time as the understudy for Hamilton. Solea describes what it feels like to have an onstage kiss with the person you love and how they deal with working together. She also shares her harrowing story about a health scare that she feared would end her career before it started. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious and her wonderful career is only getting started.
Rubèn Carbajal (Hamiltour's John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) is ecstatic to be back in his hometown of Los Angeles performing at the Pantages where he grew up seeing plays that inspired him to get into acting including In The Heights starring Lin Manuel Miranada. His story of getting into Hamilton involves an open call, Mandy Gonzalez, and a hilarious tricked played on him by his agents. Rory and Rubén talk about their Jesuit education, handling rejection, and the moment that Rory tries to make Rubén smile on stage every show.
Jordan Donica takes us on his journey from Indiana Hoosier to becoming the Hamilton tour's Jefferson/Lafayette. Last year he made his Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera (a show he was destined to be in) which is a reflection of his abundance of talent. From rap to opera, this guy can do it all. Jordan has an incredibly unique perspective on the business and a laser beam focus on what he wants. In the few years since her got out of college, Jordan has already made his mark in the business. He also explains why he doesn't use social media.
Rory celebrates his homecoming to LA after a year and a half away with Hamilton and talks to fellow castmate Raymond Baynard. Ray is a part of the ensemble and plays the infamous George Eaker in the Hamiltour! This isn't his first time on the road. Ray traveled with The Lion King for over three years so he knows all the secrets to make it through the ups and downs. Raymond has a very focused physical and spiritual practice that he is inspired to maintain by the strength and example of his mother. His story about her is one of the most beautful to ever be told on "Living the Dream."
Danny Bernardy has thrived as an actor in regional theaters across the country and as member of the One Year Lease Theater Company. Danny’s career has spanned from New York City to Greece and all the way to Moscow. Danny and Rory have been friends since their freshman year of college and have weathered the twists and turns of this business by sticking together. Danny tells us why he gave Rory the nickname “Grandma", about his first NYC apartment that was "wall free", and how his theater company has given him a creative home.