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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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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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Apr 25, 2018

La-Ti-Do co-founder Don Mike Mendoza is back! This time we're talking about that most puzzling of musicals, the Sondheim/Rodgers/Laurents collaboration that ended all those friendships.

Topics include: Why? Seriously why? What? And why?

Also TRIVIA!

 

Featured recordings:

DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - Original Broadway Cast (1965)

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - Original London Cast Recording (1976)

SONHDEIM SINGS: VOLUME II - Stephen Sondheim (2005)

DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - The New Recording (2001)

MANDY PATINKING SINGS SONHDEIM - Mandy Patinkin (2000)

 

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 features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

 

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Apr 18, 2018

The final bit of my December 2016 conversation with Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan is a nostalgic trip down problematic lane and a hopeful look forward.

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 features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

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Apr 11, 2018

Actor/teacher/maker/mama Tia Shearer Bassett is here to talk about the musical about the boat that sank, and Leo & Kate barely come up.

Topics include: Michael Cerveris, Brian D'Arcy James, and the audacity of hope.

 

Featured recordings:

TITANIC- Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

 

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? March's episode (now available) features Lee Libeskind and Liz Maestri talking about that American movie musical classic FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003).

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Apr 4, 2018

Don Mike returns in 3 weeks to talk about DO I HEAR A WALTZ? but before he does, here's a snip from that conversation about MEAN GIRLS which opens this week at the August Wilson.

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? March's episode (now available) features Lee Libeskind and Liz Maestri talking about that American movie musical classic FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003).

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Mar 28, 2018

The gang from Decomposition Podcast is here to talk about another Kander & Ebb revival that outran its original production.

Topics include: songs about pineapples, emabarassing things Kit Kat girls do, & how it would feel to write a song that unintentionally becomes a Neo-Nazi anthem.

 

Featured recordings:

CABARET - The New Broadway Cast Recording (1998)

CABARET - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1974)

 

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? This month's episode features Lee Libeskind and Liz Maestri talking about that American movie musical classic FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003).

 

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Mar 21, 2018

Actress Holly Twyford talks about her musical debut as Desiree in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature. A daunting undertaking for which she is currently nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

 

Featured recordings:

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Original Broadway Cast (1973)

THE BROADWAY ALBUM - Barbra Streisand (1985)

FOLLIES - The Complete Recording (1998)

FOLLIES - Original Broadway Cast (1971)

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1977)

 

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? This month's episode features Lee Liebeskind and Liz Maestri talking about FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY - the greatest movie starring two American Idol winners playing not themselves made in 2003.

 

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Mar 14, 2018

Actor Harrison Smith is here for one of the most important and difficult to listen to musicals ever.

Topics include: JRB, Prince, Uhry, Guettel, and the terrifying capacity of James Finley.

 

Featured recordings:

PARADE - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1999)

 

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? February's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991).

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Mar 7, 2018

Logan Culwell-Block is back for this excised conversation about collaboration. Also Barbara Dickson. Also Logan didn't really think ASSASSINScame out in 1976. That was an auditory error.

 

Featured recordings:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - An Original Soundtrack Recording (1965)

EVITA - An Opera Based on the Life of Eva Peron, 1919-1952 (1976)

 

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? February's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991).

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Feb 28, 2018

Music director and pianist extraordinaire Elisa Rosman is here for two LPs about a single show that was two shows (really three shows) and is now one show but is still good enough for three shows.

Topics include: The great William Finn, the great Chip Zein, and leaving crying after you came laughing.

 

Featured recordings:

MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS - Original Cast (1981)

FALSETTOLAND - Original Cast (1990)

 

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? This month's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991).

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