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

33. Mara Wilson: Live from NYC Pod Fest  

Writer and actress Mara Wilson (Matilda, Where Am I Now?) joins Travon and Mike onstage at the New York City Podcast Festival to talk about meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda backstage at Hamilton and how acting in films as a child shaped her writing as an adult. Plus, they belt out “What Comes Next” with the live audience and riff on ideas for a new musical starring Cookie from Empire. Travon and Mike also announce their plans to take a break. While they're away, please call in to share your current favorite Hamilton song at 937-9MYSHOT.   This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: HAMILTON) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/hamilton).

32. Rachel Sklar: Musical Theater Knocked Me Up  

A self-described theater nerd, Rachel Sklar (TheLi.st) joins Travon to talk about seeing the original cast of Rent on Broadway, writing jokes for the White House Correspondents' dinner and why she connects so strongly to the song "That Would Be Enough." Plus, she explains how her love of plays ultimately resulted in her daughter.

31. Ashley Ford: When Harry (Potter) Met Hamilton  

Writer Ashley Ford (Refinery29) joins Travon to talk about her creative process, how growing up with a huge family shaped her writing, and the importance of seeing young girls of color in books and theatre. Plus, Ashley explains why she gave her ex-boyfriend a ticket to Hamilton and contributes to a knock-out version of “Guns and Ships.” This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: HAMILTON), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/HAMILTON), and Today Tix (www.todaytix.com code: HAMILTON).

30. Riley Silverman: How I Killed Your Founding Father  

Comedian Riley Silverman joins Travon to revisit "Your Obedient Servant" and explain how her journey with gender has reinforced her belief that, at heart, she's more of a Burr than a Hamilton. She also confesses the unorthodox way she watched Hamilton for the first time. Plus, they go on a Harry Potter tangent or two. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: HAMILTON) and Today Tix (www.todaytix.com code: HAMILTON).

29. Eliza Skinner: Rip Your Heart Out  

Comedian and writer Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show with James Corden) started her career in New York City’s improv scene where she hosted a rap improv battle for comedians. She often shared the bill (and basement venue) with Lin-Manuel Miranda and his group Freestyle Love Supreme. Though she's embraced comedy and hip hop as an adult, Eliza grew up enmeshed in the world of musical theatre. She joins Travon and Mike to explain why she prefers sad, “rip your heart out songs” songs in musicals over comedy numbers. Plus, a tearful rendition of “Stay Alive (Reprise)."This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: HAMILTON).

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.

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