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The Original Cast

From Broadway to off-Broadway to the West End, this is a podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them. Every musical theatre fan has that one album that changed their life and playwright-filmmaker-professor Patrick Flynn is out to find it. We talk to the people you see at the theater be they on-stage, backstage, or in the house.
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Oct 17, 2018
You may have seen Robyn on Fringe or Gossip Girl or The Unusuals (my favorite) or as "Moby" in Flying V's Sheila and Moby opening October 27. But today she's here to talk about a show that bears repeating.
 

Topics include: Do we need awards? Do parents just not understand? And is Benny the bad guy?

 

Also remember that Angel kills a dog in this show.

 

Featured recordings:

Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)
 

Tickets to Sheila and Moby by Patrick Flynn, directed by Courtney Laine Self NOW ON SALE!

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 
Oct 10, 2018
Rehearsals have begun for Patrick's new play Sheila and Moby presented by Flying V Theatre. So episodes over the next few weeks will all be related to that production, starting with this gem, our third ever guest and Flying V's Artistic Director: Jason Schlafstein.

ORIGINAL NOTES: Jason is the artistic director for the Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre company Flying V. He and Patrick discuss the concept album of Chess and how it cemented their friendship. Also: singing in restaurants, the glory of synth rock, and the nature of love. Seriously, it gets deep for a minute.

Featured recordings:

Chess - Benny Andersson | Tim Rice | Björn Ulvaeus (1984)  

Tickets to Sheila and Moby by Patrick Flynn, directed by Courtney Laine Self NOW ON SALE!

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 

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Oct 3, 2018
Designer, record producer, performer, and talent-whisperer Robbie Rozelle is here to bring some joy into Patrick's life (he says).

Topics include: Jerry Herman's pros, Jerry Herman's cons, Jerry Herman's women, and the movie version of Mame which is just the worst.

 

Featured recordings:

Mame - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

Mame - Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1974)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 

Sep 26, 2018
Logan Culwell-Block is back in this excerpt from his Little Shop of Horrors episode to talk about the Disney work of Ashman & Menken, Menken & Rice, and Rice & John.
 
 
Featured recordings:
Beauty and the Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)
 
 
Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett and James Finley discussing the Disney musical that launched a thousand hats: Newsies (1992).
 
 
 
 
 
Sep 19, 2018
Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the Broadwaysted and Broadway Baby podcasts joins Patrick to discuss this Tony Award-winning musical that launched the career of Kelli O'Hara and made Kimberly's father and sister fell asleep.

 

Topics include: Where the horse kicked her, overtures, and are we sure this isn't just Do I Hear a Waltz??

 

Featured recordings:

The Light in the Piazza -  Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005) 

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett and James Finley discussing the Disney musical that launched a thousand hats: Newsies (1992).

 

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Sep 12, 2018
Next week's episode features Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the Broadwaysted and Broadway Baby podcasts discussing The Light in the Piazza. But this week, Kimberly and Patrick play an exciting round of "Heads-Up" using her The Lights of Broadway Show Cards™.
 
Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).
 
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Sep 5, 2018

A big episode for a big show. Actor Elliot Dash is with us to talk about one of Patrick's 10 favorite musicals. And they go all over the place. Except for the plot, if you want a detailed plot synopsis, you'll need to go to Wikipedia.

Topics include: changing lyrics, bootleg CDs, and the state of race and race relations in America from 1902 to the present day.

 

Featured recordings:

Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

Ragtime - Songs from the Musical (1996)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).


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Aug 29, 2018

We bid adieu to Adventure Theatre MTC's production of Tinker Bell with Capt. Hook (Peter Boyer) returning in this excised conversation about Shakespeare and musicals. Which comes up a lot on this show.

 

Featured recordings:

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - Original Cast Recording (2010)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).


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Aug 22, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

 

Multi-hyphenate "ographer" (fight, choreo, et al.) Jenny Male is here to talk about the brilliant play Tinker Bell that she is ography-ing at Adventure Theatre MTC. Also she's here to talk about the Tony-winning musical with self-confessed a "terrible title."

Topics include: Brecht, pay toilets, and how much self-referential humor can one show sustain?

 

Featured recording:

Urinetown the Musical - The Original Cast Recording (2001)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies ? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).


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Aug 15, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

 

Tinker Bell herself is here for a new Intermission about playing more than one role in the same show.

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? August's episode features Harrison Smith and Bridget Grace Sheaff discussing the most glorious musical Gene Kelly ever appeared in: Xanadu (1980).

 

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Aug 8, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

Ashley plays a myriad of roles in Tinker Bell (from birds and flowers to all seven Lost Boys) and she's here to talk about this fantastic show about the past that may've been ahead of its time.

Topics include: basements, emotions, truth, beauty, the South, and leaving it all on the stage.

 

Featured recordings:

Caroline, or Change - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? July's episode features Kenny Neal and Michelle Polera talking about The Beatles' first feature A Hard Day's Night (1964).


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Aug 1, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

So here's a re-release of Michael & Patrick's detoured into one of Patrick’s pet peeves: bad lyricism. And it goes there.

 

Featured recordings:

Girl - Pharrell Williams (2014)

Feeling Strangely Fine - Semisonic (1998)

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys (2005)

Les Misérables - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)

The Lion King - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)

West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast (1957)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? July's episode features Kenny Neal and Michelle Polera talking about The Beatles' first feature A Hard Day's Night (1964).


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Jul 25, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

This week our Peter Pan is here to talk about a rock musical that is more Hair than Tommy.

Topics include: the lyrical metaphors of Bille Joe Armstrong, the enigmatic existence of St. Jimmy, the messianic imagery of Claude Hooper Bukowski, and whether or not Patrick is just an old man who doesn't get it.

Featured recordings:
American Idiot - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)
Warning - Green Day (2000)
nimrod. - Green Day (1997)
Hair - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1968)
American Idiot - Green Day (2004)
Dookie - Green Day (1994)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? July's episode features Kenny Neal and Michelle Polera talking about The Beatles' first feature A Hard Day's Night (1964).


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Jul 18, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

Brittany is production manager for Tinker Bell and in this cut conversation from her Next to Normal episode, she and Patrick discuss the enigma that is Alice Ripley.

Featured recordings:

"Peppermint Twist" - Joey Dee and the Starliters (1961)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? July's episode features Kenny Neal and Michelle Polera talking about The Beatles' first feature A Hard Day's Night (1964).


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Jul 11, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

This week we've got our Wendy: Meghan Abdo talking about this Tony Award-winning musical based on the Academy Award-winning movie about a bittersweet love story between two hurting musicians.

Topics include: crying, laughing, sobbing, romance, drinking, and crying.


Featured recording:
Once - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2012)


Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).


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Jul 4, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

So here's a reissue of the episode featuring Adventure Theatre MTC's Artistic Director: Michael J. Bobbitt.

ORIGINAL NOTES:
Michael J. Bobbitt, artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, stops by ostensibly to discuss the 1990 Flaherty & Ahrens musical Once on This Island but he and Patrick quickly diverge into discussions of stripped-down theatre, racial appropriation, and what constitutes "children's theatre." It gets real. Get into it.

Featured recording:
Once on This Island - Original Cast Recording (1990)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).


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Jun 27, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) is now running at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

This week we've got Capt. Jas. T. Hook himself, Peter Boyer in studio to talk about the (for now) longest-running American musical ever.

Topics include: amoral versus immoral, emotional versus physical, and how Mortimer is really the main character of this whole musical no matter what the "writers" might say and/or have written.

CONTENT ADVISORY: The Fantasticks contains a song entitled "It Depends on What You Pay" which liberally uses the word "rape." This is addressed frankly.

 

Featured recordings:

The Fantasticks - Original Cast Album (1960)

The Fantasticks - The New Off-Broadway Recording (2006)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).

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Jun 20, 2018

Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) opens this week at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production.

To kick things off, here's a re-issue of our episode with Tinker Bell herself: Michelle Polera.

ORIGINAL NOTES:
Actress and Soul Cycle instructor Michelle Polera stops by to talk about that magical place 18 blocks east of 1st Avenue on the Lower East Side.

Topics include: puppet sex, puppet nudity, how Michelle is afraid of puppets, and schadenfreude.

 

Featured recording:

Avenue Q - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).

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Jun 13, 2018

Journalist Chris Klimek joins us for a talk about a musical from a multiple-Tony Award-winning songwriting team, Academy Award-winning scriptwriter, and legendary producer/director Hal Prince. It was a flop.

Topics include: Superman, Superman: The Motion Picture, Superman Returns, Superman: Turn Off the Dark, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

Featured recording:

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? June's episode features Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2006).

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Jun 6, 2018

It's the Tonys on Sunday!!! And so we're talking the Tonys with Kari Ginsburg and Roddy Flynn. We go through the nominated revivals (5:56) give our thoughts on the shows up for Best Musical: Mean Girls (26:26), Frozen (44:05), SpongeBob SquarePants (56:46), and The Band's Visit (1:08:04), and then tell you our predictions (1:21:17) for who will take home that spinny award Sunday night!

AND you can follow along with us during the ceremony in TWO (2) ways.

Kari, Roddy, and Patrick will be live tweeting from Patrick's living room using #OriginalCastPod so you can keep up with our thoughts and joys and snarks.

And, during commercial breaks, they'll be live on Instagram @OriginalCastPod for some in-person reactions.

 

Featured recordings:

The Band's Visit - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)

SpongeBob SquarePants - Original Cast Recording (2017)

Frozen - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Mean Girls - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Once on This Island - New Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

 

Have you checked out our PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? May's episode (now available) features Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971).

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May 30, 2018

Thembi and Patrick move from Beyoncé to DREAMGIRLS to Diana Ross to THE WIZ back to Beyoncé her seminal albums LEMONADE.

 

Featured recording:

LEMONADE - Beyoncé (2013)

 

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? May's episode (now available) features Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films WHO IS HARRY KELLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 23, 2018

It's bloody Brigadoon! Actor Emma Jackson is here with the greatest "how did this show come into your life?" answer yet.

Topics include: Delaware, Delawareans, Delaware theatre, people I know in Delaware, and Longwood Gardens.

Additional topics include: Does the plot make sense? Is Alan Jay Lerner a good writer? And what does Jeff do with his day in Brigadoon?

 

Featured recordings:

BRIGADOON - EMI Records (1992)

 

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? May's episode features Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films WHO IS HARRY KELLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 16, 2018

Patrick and Beth talk about kids, kids producers, then producing, then kids again. It all makes sense.

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? May's episode features Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films WHO IS HARRY KLLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 9, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC's Assistant Production Manager extraordinaire Brittany Truske is here for a good but tough musical. The 3rd in our Pulitzer Prize-winning musical series and the most controversial.

Topics include: seeing a show blind, auto-tuning one tiny phrase, and are there any happy songs in Act 2?

 

Trigger Warning: Next to Normal deals with the issues of prescription drug abuse, electroshock therapy, and suicide. If these topics are not your favorite, we've got 111 other episodes for you to enjoy. And please remember that there is always someone to talk with at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

 

Featured recordings:

NEXT TO NORMAL - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2009)

 

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? April's episode (now available) features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

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May 2, 2018

When one has a Shakespeare scholar as a guest, one talks about Shakespeare. Especially when the guest and one agree on so much about Shakespeare.

Have you checked out our new PATREON? You haven't? Then how are you going to listen to our patrons-only podcast THE ORIGINAL CAST AT THE MOVIES? April's episode (now available) features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

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