The Room Where It's Happening

The Room Where It's Happening

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If you're obsessed with the musical Hamilton, have the soundtrack on repeat non-stop and feel helpless without your fix, we have good news for you: you are not alone. Join hosts Travon Free (Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons) and Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) as they welcome super-fan actors, musicians, writers, and comedians on a song-by-song journey through the biggest musical of all time. You can even add your voice to the chorus -- don't forget to call and tell us your favorite song at 937-9MYSHOT.

Episodes

23. Chris Gethard: Nerding Out on the Founding Fathers  

Comedian Chris Gethard (Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People) was introduced to musical theatre when, as he puts it, he played Conrad Birdie as a "prepubescent, feminine eighth-grader." Flash forward two decades and Chris met Lin-Manuel Miranda in rehearsals for a This American Life live show. "This guy is genius, this is next level," he remembers thinking. He joins Travon to discuss seeing the original cast of Hamilton, what lyric he sings to make his wife laugh, and what he likes about  "Dear Theodosia."This episode is brought to you by Squarespace.

22. Gabourey Sidibe: Hip Hop is My Foundation  

Gabourey Sidibe (Empire, Precious) and Travon met recently over a very long, fun brunch with friends. Now she's in the Room and ready to discuss growing up with hip hop, her theory about Alexander Hamilton's character (hint: there's a curse word involved) and what song made her break down and cry when she saw the show. Plus, listen closely for Gabourey's harmonizing during "Ten Duel Commandments."This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: HAMILTON) and Zola (www.zola.com/Hamilton).

21. Jimmy and Oliver Pardo: Father-Son Hamilheads  

Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) wouldn't dream of entering the Room Where It's Happening without the foremost Hamilton expert in his life: his 9-year-old son, Oliver. The father son-duo discusses getting hooked on Hamilton together, how they manage the occasional curse word in the soundtrack, and the thrill of getting a tour backstage at the Chicago production of Hamilton. Plus, a very enthusiastic sing-along to "I Know Him."This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/hamilton).

20. Ari Afsar: Live at the Chicago Podcast Festival  

Travon and Mike head to Chicago to interview Ari Afsar, who plays Eliza in the Chicago production of Hamilton. She opens up about being an American Idol alumna, what Hamilton songs are most cathartic to perform, and why she's definitely a Hamilton, not a Burr. She even lays down the beat from "Take a Break." Plus, a bonus segment featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and some very dedicated New York City Hamilheads.This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter ( www.ziprecruiter.com/first )

19. Franklin Leonard: Nonstop Listening  

Franklin Leonard (The Black List) is no stranger to great stories. He founded The Black List, which has helped hundreds of Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays get made into films. Franklin joins Travon to talk about becoming obsessed with the Hamilton cast album, feeling gobsmacked by the show's ambition, and why he wants Michelle Obama to run for president. Plus, he and Travon tackle "Right Hand Man." This episode is brought to you by Sock Club ( www.sockclub.com code: hamilton) and ZipRecruiter ( www.ziprecruiter.com/first ).

18. David Del Rio: The Actor's Perspective  

David Del Rio (In the Heights) knows what it's like to bring a Lin-Manuel Miranda production to life. After all, he was cast in Miranda's first musical, In the Heights. Del Rio joins Travon and Mike to talk about his Broadway experience, his Hamilton admiration, and the intensity of his song pick, "The World Was Wide Enough." Plus, don't miss this week's surprise segment from the Big Data crew.This episode is brought to you by Sock Club ( www.sockclub.com code: hamilton), Berklee ( online.berklee.edu/hamilton ), and Zip Recruiter ( www.ziprecruiter.com/first ).

17. John Tesh: Hamilton, Nine Times Over  

Award-winning musician and radio host John Tesh has certainly earned the title of Hamilton superfan. At last count, he'd seen the show nine times. He joins Travon and Mike to geek out about the soundtrack and talk about the time Lin-Manuel Miranda shouted to him from onstage. He also raps some fatherly verses he wrote about his teenage daughter. Plus, Travon and Mike get answers to all of their questions about Tesh's iconic NBA theme song, "Roundball Rock."This episode is brought to you by Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape podcast, Sock Club ( www.sockclub.com code: HAMILTON), MVMT Watches ( www.mvmtwatches.com/hamilton ), and Berklee ( www.online.berklee.edu/hamilton ).

16. Matt Belknap: Converted Skeptic  

Matt Belknap (Never Not Funny) grew up listening to hip hop artists like Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy, but he wasn't initially convinced that he would like a hip hop musical. Then he listened to the Hamilton cast album from start to finish on a...

15. David Korins: Designing Hamilton  

As Hamilton's set designer, David Korins had the daunting task of devising what the hit show should look like. He joins Travon to discuss the process behind telling the visual story of Hamilton, including the famed turntable stage. As he...

14. Alex Lacamoire: Musical Mastermind  

Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, Wicked) is Hamilton's music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger. "Anything that has to do with the way the music sounds in the show and the way it's performed, that all goes through me," he explains...

13. Hasan Minhaj: Hamilton's Tupac Factor  

Comedian and actor Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, Homecoming King) is here to remind you that America itself is an immigrant story. He and Travon discuss why dissonance is patriotic and ponder how to make Hamilton tickets more accessible to black and...

12. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: A Whole Other Level  

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) has had his share of Hamilton adventures, including going backstage with Michelle Obama and singing carpool karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He tells Travon and Mike about getting from Albuquerque to New York...

12. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: A Whole Other Level  

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) has had his share of Hamilton adventures, including going backstage with Michelle Obama and singing carpool karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He tells Travon and Mike about getting from Albuquerque to New York...

11. David Gregory: A Different American Lens  

Journalist David Gregory (The David Gregory Show, CNN) joins Travon and Mike to talk about his favorite 1980s hip hop artists, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack with his 10-year-old son, and why he'd like to see President Obama and Ted Cruz in...

10. Alex Horwitz: Rolling Cameras on Hamilton  

About four years ago, director Alex Horwitz began bugging his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to film him as he worked on his latest project: a set of songs about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda wasn't sure yet if they would become a show or a concept...

9. Yvette Nicole Brown: Heart, Comedy, History  

Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple, Community) has been friends with Leslie Odom Jr. for over a decade. If that's not enough to make you jealous, how about the fact that she was in the audience for Hamilton's opening night on Broadway? She...

8. Kevin Daniels: It's Not Hype  

Actor Kevin Daniels (Modern Family, Sirens) thinks Hamilton is the most inspiring piece of theatre he's ever seen. He's particularly amazed by the sheer amount of story that the Hamilton cast members pack into every performance. He tells...

7. Anthony Ramos: Making Life Onstage  

Anthony Ramos has Hamilton in his bones. He's performed the show on Broadway hundreds of times in his dual role as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton— but he still gets pumped when "Wait for It" comes on. Before being cast in Hamilton...

6. Tracy Clayton: Hamilton Privilege  

Podcast maven Tracy Clayton (Another Round) is here and she's ready to confess the number of times she's gone to see Hamilton (both the musical and that one statue in Boston). Of the many things Tracy loves about the show, she particularly...

5. John Hodgman: The Immediate Effect  

Comedian and writer John Hodgman caught the Hamilton bug at the gym, where he first listened to the soundtrack on Travon's recommendation. He was immediately smitten. "I've never experienced art that has taken hold so quickly," he...

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