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!
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.