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

28. Barbara Gray: Hamilton With Strangers  

Comedian and writer Barbara Gray (Lady to Lady) was so determined to see Hamilton that she stood outside the theater in Chicago with a sign that said "Need A Ticket."  Her makeshift plan worked and she managed to score a free ticket to the show— in the 10th row! She joins Travon and Mike to talk about seeing the show with a generous family of strangers, her cat Linny (named after Lin-Manuel) and bringing Hamilton up in therapy. Plus, they sing over one another in a rousing rendition of “Farmer Refuted.”This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/hamilton).

27. Jamie Denbo and John Ross Bowie: Ham Fam  

Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly) and John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) aren't the only Hamilheads in their household: their 9-year-old daughter, Nola, loves Hamilton, too. This enthusiastic Ham fam joins Travon and Mike to talk about "A Winter's Ball" and their favorite parts of seeing the show live in New York City. Plus, they discuss how some people can harness their narcissism for the greater good.This episode is brought to you by Zola (www.zola.com/HAMILTON).

26. Mike Still: Politics, Then and Now  

Mike Still (Hard Nation) joins Travon to discuss The Election of 1800 and they end up diving deep into modern politics, too. Mike also reflects on his high school musical roles and what it was like having his dad serve in the Delaware State Senate in the 1980s. Plus, don't miss out on the Room Where It's Happening live show in NYC on April 8th. Get your tickets now: ear.wf/liveham .This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: Hamilton) and MVMT Watches (www.mvmtwatches.com/Hamilton).

25. Rachel Bloom: Queen of Musicals  

Before Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) can begin discussing her love of Hamilton, the superfan tables are turned: Travon gushes about his favorite songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the musical TV series that Bloom created and stars in. Next, they discuss artistic inspiration, her lifelong love of musicals, and why "Say No To This" would fit so well in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Plus, why she's a Hamilton all the way.This episode is brought to you by Zola (www.zola.com/HAMILTON) and MVMT Watches (www.mvmtwatches.com/HAMILTON).

24. Utkarsh Ambudkar: Making Lin-monade  

Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project) considers Lin-Manuel Miranda to be family. They grew close doing freestyle hip-hop shows together. Utkarsh was also the first person to play Aaron Burr when Hamilton the musical was still being developed. He realizes now that he didn't make the most of it. "I was not aware of how large of a situation and an opportunity I was being given at the time," he tells Travon. But Utkarsh has made his peace with how things turned out— in large part by working on a hip-hop musical all his own.This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/hamilton).

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 family car trip. He hasn't really listened to any other music since, he says. He joins Travon and Mike to explain what won him over and why he's planning a one-month "Hamilton fast." Plus, their three-way "Aaron Burr, Sir" sing-along is one for the books.This episode is brought to you by MVMT Watches and Wonders.

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 explains it, no set detail was too big or small to pore over. Korins also dishes on what it's like to have worked with everyone from Kanye West to Bruno Mars. This episode is brought to you by Tribeca Shortlist and MVMT Watches.

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. Until recently, he conducted the show and played piano in the orchestra pit, too. Did he have a piano in front of him during this interview? Yes, yes he did. Get excited, Hamilheads and music nerds: this one goes deep.This episode is brought to you by Chicago Podcast Festival and Berklee.

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 brown families. Plus, they dissect why the Hamilton-Burr feud shares similarities with the beef between Jay Z and Nas.This week's question is for our international listeners: given that Hamilton is a musical about U.S. history, what turned you into a Hamilhead? Give us a call at 937-9MYSHOT.This episode is brought to you by Berklee and Tribeca Shortlist.

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 City, shedding tears during "Burn" and why he thinks Eliza is the heart of the show. Finally, we want to hear about your Fantasy Hamilton team. Outside of the originals, who’s in your dream Hamilton cast? Give us a call and tell us at 937-9MYSHOT.This episode is brought to you by Berklee.

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 a rap battle. And we want to know: if you could be cast in Hamilton, what character would you want to play and why? Call us and tell us at 937-9MYSHOT.

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 album."I don't really care," Horwitz recalls telling Miranda. "I just want to follow you telling history— whatever form that takes."Hamilton's America, the resulting documentary, premieres Friday, October 21st on PBS.Horwitz discusses meeting Miranda as freshmen at Wesleyan University, filming with President Obama at the White House and the abysmal things America's founders said about one another.This episode is brought to you by Nuisance Committee.

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