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Living the Dream with Rory O'Malley

Rory has talks with his friends in show business about staying grounded and happy while living the dream. Part of the Broadway Podcast Network.

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Andrew Rannells - Episode #57

Andrew Rannells (THE BOOK OF MORMON, GIRLS, FALSETTOS) is a two time Tony nominated actor and star of TV and film. Andrew shares his stories about rejection, jealousy and working in the Warner Brothers gift shop. Rory and Andrew talk about their shared experience of opening THE BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway and how it changed everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 26mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Josh Gad - Episode #22

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 15mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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Seth Rudetsky - Episode #30

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." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Solea Pfeiffer - Episode #37

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

30 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Leslie Odom Jr. - Episode #51

Leslie (Tony Award Winner for HAMILTON) and Rory talk about their college years together at Carnegie Mellon University and his book "Failing Up." Leslie chats about his mentors, his philosophy on the business and how he maintains a healthy family life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

22 May 2018

Rank #5

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Taran Killam - Episode #48

Taran (SNL, HAMILTON, KILLING GUNTHER) and Rory talk about their shared experience of playing King George III in HAMILTON on Broadway. Taran walks us through his years in Groundlings, through his audition for SNL and his experience on that iconic show. He also explains how he and his equally successful wife, Cobie Smulders, balance work life and family. Taran talks about his latest project, the film KILLING GUNTHER, which he wrote, directed and stars in with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

15 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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Gavin Creel - Episode #3

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Wesley Taylor - Episode #49

Wes Taylor (ROCK OF AGES, ADDAMS FAMILY, SMASH) talks about his early success right out of college and how it had its pros and cons. He immediately had a great role on Broadway but realized years later that the business doesn't usually operate that way. Wes and Rory have an honest conversation about being up for the same role and how they managed their disappointment with that specific project. Wes is incredible creative and shares hiss secret on writing projects for himself and how he gets them made. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Christopher Jackson - Episode #7

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


7 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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Emmy Raver-Lampman - Episode #21

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

17 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Gerold Schroeder - Episode #10

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


28 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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Rubén Carbajal - Episode #36

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #12

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Susan Blackwell - Episode #59

Susan Blackwell ([title of show], SIDE BY SIDE BY SUSAN BLACKWELL) tells Rory the incredible story of how [title of show] started around a kitchen table, then went downtown and made it all the way to Broadway. All along the way, Susan maintained her "survival job" and learned how to be grateful for it. Susan talks about how her song DIE VAMPIRE, DIE came from fighting the demons in our head that tell us we aren't good enough to be artists. She has started a workshop to help other writers conquer their vampires. Susan and Rory chat about how they met, and the kind of folks that they gravitate towards in this business in order to stay grounded. www.susanblackwell.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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Jordan Donica - Episode #35

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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Mandy Gonzalez - Episode #58

Mandy Gonzalez (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) talks with Rory from her dressing room in the Richard Rodgers Theatre where she currently brings down the house playing "Angelica" in HAMILTON. The same dressing room she had for IN THE HEIGHTS. Mandy has an incredible story that starts with the unlikely union of her parents, leaving college at 19 to become a back up singer for Bette Midler, and performing in Broadway hits (and one big flop). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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Michael Luwoye - Episode #23

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 performance that involves Renee Elise Goldsberry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

1 May 2017

Rank #16

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Asmeret Ghebremichael - Episode #64

Asmeret (DREAMGIRLS, THE BOOK OF MORMON, LEGALLY BLONDE) is currently starring in DREAMGIRLS on the West End after performing on Broadway ensembles of numerous shows. She got her fierce work ethic and drive to succeed from her immigrant parents and her early days of dance competition in Pittsburgh. Asmeret's story is unique and shows what hard work, perseverance, and the right attitude can do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 3mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Amber Iman - Episode #44

Amber Iman (HAMILTON, SOUL DOCTOR, SHUFFLE ALONG) talks with Rory about growing up in the Atlanta theater scene with her actress mother. Amber went to Howard University on a full academic scholarship and then went back to her hometown to get her start but after years of "playing it safe" was give an ultimatum by loved ones to break out of her comfort zone and move to the big apple. Rory and Amber talk about her ups and downs in New York City and her love of NICKELBACK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 15mins

25 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Marilu Henner - Episode #39

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 28mins

20 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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Cheyenne Jackson - Episode #53

Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story, All Shook Up) talks about his career path from rural Washington state to Broadway and then Hollywood. Cheyenne gives his takes on how to deal with rejection, body image issues and what its like to be a leading man gay actor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

5 Jun 2018

Rank #20