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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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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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Feb 21, 2018

Three quick conversations excised from Danielle Mohlman's episode about JESUS CHRIST SUPERTAR including an amazing surprise I'm so excited for you to hear omigod, you guys.

 

Featured recordings:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

TILL TOMORROW b/w Try It and See - Rita Pavone (1969)

 

Bethesda Play-in-a-Day Tickets and Information!

 

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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Feb 14, 2018

Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse Vaughn Irving is here with another Zeitler!

Topics include: drummers, grooves, and what does an artistic director do anyway?

See It's the Rest of the World That Looks So Small NOW at the Silver Spring Black Box!

 

Featured recordings:

STRIKING 12 - The New GrooveLily Musical (2005)

THING-A-WEEK THREE - Jonathan Coulton (2006)

THE ORANGE BOX - Original Soundtrack (2007)

 

Bethesda Play-in-a-Day Tickets and Information!

 

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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Feb 7, 2018

I'm on Decomposition Podcast this week defending the honor of Tony Award-winner Billy Joel. This week's intermission is an excerpt from that appearance. The full episode is available over at Decomposition Podcast.

 

Featured recordings:

52ND STREET - Billy Joel (1978)

STORM FRONT - Billy Joel (1989)

 

Bethesda Play-in-a-Day Tickets and Information!

 

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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Jan 31, 2018

Playwright and teaching artist Thembi Duncan is here to talk about the film version of THE WIZ.

Topics include: Baby Thembi, Can Beyoncé act?, and white man Patrick asking racially sensitive questions in a hopefully respectful manner that Thembi handles with a kindness and grace rarely seen in this day and age.

Featured recordings:

THE WIZ - Original Soundtrack (1978)

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 Tracy Lynn Olivera and Holly Twyford talking WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).

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Jan 24, 2018

Jimmy and Patrick divert into the rich vein that is the major motion picture adaptation of RENT. Lord help us.

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 Tracy Lynn Olivera and Holly Twyford talking WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).

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Jan 17, 2018

The thrilling conclusion to our deep-dive into THE WILD PARTY. We talk the La Chuisa/Wolfe Broadway version, Mandy Patinkin, the philosophy of adaptation, Mandy Patinkin, which we prefer, and Mandy Patinkin in . . . (not a joke, wish it was) blackface.

 

Poem excerpts read and recorded by Lee Liebeskind.

 

Featured recordings:

THE WILD PARTY - A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (2000)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY - Vol. 5: Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act! (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? This month's episode features Tracy Lynn Olivera and Holly Twyford talking WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).

 

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Jan 10, 2018

Dramaturg Lauren Halvorsen is here for the first of our epic, two-part dive into both musical versions of THE WILD PARTY. Here we cover not only Andrew Lippa's off-Broadway take on Queenie, Burrs, Black, et al.; we also talk through Joseph Moncure March's novella-length poem upon which both musicals are based.

 

Poem excerpts read and recorded by Lee Liebeskind.

 

Featured recording:

THE WILD PARTY - Original Cast Recording (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? This month's episode features Tracy Lynn Olivera and Holly Twyford talking WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).

 

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Jan 3, 2018

The next two episodes of this podcast will feature Lauren Halvorsen discussing both Andrew Lippa and Michael John La Chuisa's interpretations of THE WILD PARTY.

So before we dig deep into one of the oddest coincidences in New York theatre history, I'm bringing you this excised bit from James Finley's episode about THE LIFE where James compares the two shows from the perspective of having been in both.

Featured recordings:

THE WILD PARTY - Original Cast Recording (2000)

THE WILD PARTY - A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (2000)

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Dec 27, 2017

The pilot for our special Patreon patrons-only podcast. Oh, by the way, we've launched a Patreon. Click that link and learn more.

The Original Cast at the Movies is a long-form movie musical discussion podcast. Our pilot episode features Kari Ginsburg, Kenny Neal, and Emily Zickler discussing Baz Luhrmann's Academy Award-winning Moulin Rouge!.

Enjoy! And don't forget to go to our new Patreon page and become a patron so you can enjoy new episodes of The Original Cast at the Movies every month!

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Dec 20, 2017

All those little bits excised from Patrick and Emily's discussion of SWEENEY TODD edited into one "coherent" conversation.

Topics include: the un-standable innocence of Tobias Ragg, the un-supressable essence Patti LuPone, and the unbearable bareness of John Doyle.

Featured recordings:

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - Original Cast (1979)

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - A Musical Thriller (2005)

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Dec 13, 2017

Four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Holly Twyford is here to talk about one of the biggest hit musicals of all time.

Topics include: singing along in the audience, stars who own it, and what is the deal with Pepper?

 

Featured recordings:

ANNIE - Original Cast Recording (1976)

 

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Dec 6, 2017

During their SIDE SHOW discussion, Patrick and Jon Jon took a detour into Jon Jon's formal musical training in violin and the difference between two connected groups of creative people.

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"Csárdás" composed by Vittorio Monti, violin performed by Hyun Su Shin

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