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Living the Dream with Rory O'Malley

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Rory O'Malley from THE BOOK OF MORMON & HAMILTON on Broadway, talks with his friends in show business about the ups and downs of LIVING THE DREAM!

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Rory O'Malley from THE BOOK OF MORMON & HAMILTON on Broadway, talks with his friends in show business about the ups and downs of LIVING THE DREAM!

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310 Ratings
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By ATAPS - Aug 16 2018
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Couldn’t love this Podcast anymore! Such a great listen, I would and do recommend this to all.

Real

By annabananabells - Jul 31 2018
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Love this podcast. My absolute fav. Interviews are authentic and engaging.

iTunes Ratings

310 Ratings
Average Ratings
301
6
0
2
1

Love it

By ATAPS - Aug 16 2018
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Couldn’t love this Podcast anymore! Such a great listen, I would and do recommend this to all.

Real

By annabananabells - Jul 31 2018
Read more
Love this podcast. My absolute fav. Interviews are authentic and engaging.
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Living the Dream with Rory O'Malley

Latest release on Mar 06, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 22 days ago

Rank #1: Andrew Rannells - Episode #57

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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. 

This episode is sponsored by Goldstar! If you are one of the first 200 listeners who use the promo code RORY, you'll get $10 off your purchase of tickets to live events in your area!

Use promo code RORY here: www.goldstar.com/rory

Jul 03 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #2: Josh Gad - Episode #22

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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.

Apr 24 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #3: Seth Rudetsky - Episode #30

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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."

Jun 20 2017

56mins

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Rank #4: Solea Pfeiffer - Episode #37

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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.

Aug 30 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #5: Leslie Odom Jr. - Episode #51

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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.

This episode is sponsored by Goldstar! If you are one of the first 200 listeners who use the promo code RORY, you'll get $10 off your purchase of tickets to live events in your area!

Use promo code RORY here: www.goldstar.com/rory

May 22 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: Taran Killam - Episode #48

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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.

Dec 15 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #7: Gavin Creel - Episode #3

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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!

Oct 10 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: Wesley Taylor - Episode #49

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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.

Feb 19 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #9: Christopher Jackson - Episode #7

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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.

Nov 07 2016

42mins

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Rank #10: Emmy Raver-Lampman - Episode #21

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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!

Apr 17 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: Gerold Schroeder - Episode #10

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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!

Nov 28 2016

59mins

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Rank #12: Rubén Carbajal - Episode #36

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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.

Aug 23 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #13: Susan Blackwell - Episode #59

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Susan ([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

This episode is sponsored by Goldstar! If you are one of the first 200 listeners who use the promo code RORY, you'll get $10 off your purchase of tickets to live events in your area!

Use promo code RORY here: www.goldstar.com/rory

Jul 17 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #14: Jordan Donica - Episode #35

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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.

Aug 16 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Mandy Gonzalez - Episode #58

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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).

This episode is sponsored by Goldstar! If you are one of the first 200 listeners who use the promo code RORY, you'll get $10 off your purchase of tickets to live events in your area!

Use promo code RORY here: www.goldstar.com/rory

Jul 10 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #16: Michael Luwoye - Episode #23

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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.

May 01 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Asmeret Ghebremichael - Episode #64

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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.

Aug 21 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Amber Iman - Episode #44

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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.

Oct 25 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #19: Marilu Henner - Episode #39

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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. 

Sep 20 2017

1hr 27mins

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Rank #20: Cheyenne Jackson - Episode #53

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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.

This episode is sponsored by Goldstar! If you are one of the first 200 listeners who use the promo code RORY, you'll get $10 off your purchase of tickets to live events in your area!

Use promo code RORY here: www.goldstar.com/rory

Jun 05 2018

1hr 21mins

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