Rory O’Malley asked Ilana to be a guest on his podcast “Living The Dream” and this week Ilana shares the episode on her own podcast platform.
Rory starred as King George III in the smash hit Hamilton on Broadway and in Los Angeles. He is best known for starring in the original company of The Book Of Mormon on Broadway. He received both Tony and Drama Desk nominations for playing openly closeted Mormon Elder McKinley and performing the show stopper "Turn It Off". Most recently he was seen on stage in back to back Off-Broadway productions at Second Stage's Nobody Loves You (Drama Desk nomination) and Little Miss Sunshine. His broadway debut was in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and regionally, he created the role of Richie Cunningham in Garry Marshall’s Happy Days The Musical for Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse. Rory expanded his repertoire of pasty white dudes by butchering the song “Cadillac Car” as lead singer of ‘Dave and the Sweethearts’ in the Paramount Pictures film Dreamgirls.
Most recently, Rory was seen on the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. He can also be seen on the small screen in episodes of Partners with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, and 1600 Penn.
This year Rory premiered his autobiographical show Pub Crawl to a sold out crowd at Joe's Pub in New York City. Pub Crawl is his tale of being raised in an Irish pub in Cleveland by his single mom and all the bar's eclectic patrons. Rory tells his hilarious coming of age story using classic Irish pub songs from The Wolftones, U2, Van Morrison and more with music direction from Tony and Grammy Award winner, Stephen Oremus.
Rory is a Co-Founder of Broadway Impact, an organization that mobilizes the theater community to take action on fighting for marriage equality. Along with Jenny Kanelos and Gavin Creel, Rory was there from it's inception and has organized large rallies, phone banks, and theater events; all for the sake of marriage equality. Currently Broadway Impact is producing the play 8, conceived by Rory and edited by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. 8 uses the original transcript of the trial that overturned Prop 8 in California and puts it on a stage for theaters all across the country to perform and hold talkbacks. Rory has had the pleasure of performing around the country in the piece with many great actors and activists including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Larry Kramer, Cleve Jones and many more. Currently 8 has been produced in over 400 theaters, including in all 50 states and in 7 countries.
Rory lives in Los Angeles with his husband Gerold Schroeder. He is very happy:)
He is a political activist and is the visionary behind #BeltTheVote , To learn more go to Beltthevote.org
Little Known Fact: Because singer and superstar, Josh Groban, got a record deal, Rory got his spot in the musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon... And the rest is musical theater history.