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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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Feb 20, 2019

Composer/lyricist Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) and librettist/lyricist/novelist Dan Elish (13) are here for a phone interview with Patrick about the newly released cast album for their show The Evolution of Mann.

Patreons of The Original Cast can download a free mp3 of the song "What's the Matter with Henry?" from The Evolution of Mann right now.

BUY THE EVOLUTION OF MANN NOW! Amazon iTunes

Featured recordingsThe Evolution of Mann - Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording (2019)

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? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Feb 13, 2019

We've got a dramaturg to talk about a musical that really could've used a dramaturg. A musical with more concept albums (5) than actual cast albums (1), the last one released fifteen (15) years after it opened on Broadway. A mega(?)- hit from American musical theatre's Saleri: Frank Wildhorn.

Topics include: Laura & Patrick's unironic love of this show, Laura & Patrick's ironic love of this show, Patrick's Colm Wilkinson impression, What Jekyll & Hyde thinks it's about, and What Jekyll & Hyde is actually about.

Featured recordingsJekyll & Hyde - The Complete Work (1995) • Jekyll & Hyde - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997) • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - The 1986 Studio Demo Recording (1986) • Chess - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1988) • The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (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? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado : Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Feb 6, 2019

Patrick is a guest this week on the wonderful Broadway Baby Podcast talking about Chess (shocker). Here's a snippet of the episode to whet your appetite.

The full episode is available HERE.

Enjoy!

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? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Jan 30, 2019
While our topic is ostensibly the first Disney Broadway musical (and, as of this release, 10th longest running show in Broadway history), Anna and Patrick spend most of this episode on being a young actor and how one gets started in this business at such a young age.
 
Topics include: Social Anxiety in theatre, Young Cossette, and is the Enchantress the real villain of this story?
 
Featured recordingsBeauty and the Beast - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1994) • 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? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado ; Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).
 
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Jan 23, 2019

Did you know you could major in "Hope Theory?" Did you know "Hope Theory" was a thing? Patrick didn't.

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? January's episode features Beth Amman (Wicked) and Don Mike Mendoza (Hot Mikado / Do I Hear a Waltz? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Jan 16, 2019

Costume designer Heather C. Jackson is here to talk about one of the best musicals ever. Not that anyone’s ranking. But if we did, this would be high on the list. But we’re not ranking. (Like, high high.)

Topics include: Romantic atmosphere, (The Queen) Judy Kuhn (long may she reign), and how someone tries to kill themselves 20 minutes from the end of Act I & we don’t learn their fate until the top of Act II. Also Patrick forgets names a lot in this episode. Like, a lot.

Featured recordingsShe Loves Me - 2016 Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

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?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Jan 9, 2019

We were all in high school (some of you, statistically, still are), we all did theatre in high school (some of you, statistically, still do), we all had a tap solo sophomore year in Funny Girl that probably should've been cut but we can still do on command 23 years later . . . just me? We talk about all that.

Also parenting.

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?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Jan 2, 2019

Actor/singer/teacher Katherine Riddle is here for our third Les Miz episode covering the 3-disc, complete recording. Katherine has played Cossette twice and has some interesting insights into that most maligned of ingenues.

Topics include: How much stage time does Cossette actually have? Cossette v. Eponine: Who is least annoying? Is Cossette's name sung more times than the character has lines?

Featured recordingsLes Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1989)

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?  December's episode features Emma Jackson (Brigadoon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

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Dec 27, 2018

As you may or may not (but probably may) know, over at our Patreon page we have a patrons-only podcast called The Original Cast at the Movies. It's a long-form movie discussion podcast about musical movies.

In 2018 we've had guests like as Tia Shearer Bassett, Kari Ginsburg, Lee Liebeskind, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Michelle Polera, Jason Schlafstein, Courtney Laine Self, Holly Twyford, and Emily Zickler talking about classic movie musicals like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) & Beauty and the Beast (1991), cult-favorite movie musicals like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) & Xanadu (1980), and From Justin to Kelly (2003).

So here's a 10-minute sample of our latest episode featuring Emma Jackson (Brigaddon 1990) and Farrell Parker (A Chorus Line 1975) talking about the holiday classic: White Christmas (1954).

Happy Merry!

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Dec 26, 2018

Doug Wilder is an actor/director/filmmaker. During his episode about No Way to Treat a Lady, we talked about the idea of self-production and what a double-edged sword it can be.

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?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Dec 19, 2018

The Hub Theatre's brand new artistic director is here to talk about Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls follow-up that sprawled 3-LPs in its original release.

Topics include: Catfishing in the 1950s, 3-Act musicals, and Is a Chico Marx impression racist?

Featured recording: The Most Happy Fella - The Complete Broadway Performance (1956)

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?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Dec 12, 2018

Vaughn is the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse. During his episode on the GroovyLily musical Striking 12, we discussed two other musicals he wrote/co-wrote: You or Whatever I Can Get and Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk, both of which debuted at the Capitol Fringe Festival here in D.C.

Featured recordings:
Striking 12 - The New GrooveLily Musical (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?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks - 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Dec 5, 2018

CultralDC's Operations Manager is here to talk about not only the '96 London revival cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar (released in the US in 2000) but also the 2018 NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (which was live but was not a concert).

Topics include: pop-culture Catholicism, the 5 notes you want to hear, and how Michael Crawford is Jen's husband.

Featured recordingsJesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's (1996) • Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera (1970)

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?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Nov 28, 2018

During pianist and music director Elisa Rosman's episode on Falsettos, we discussed what makes a song difficult and/or fun to play. We also cover what an audition is like from the point-of-view of that person at the piano to whom you just handed your sheet music.

Featured recordingsFalsettoland - Original Cast (1990) • Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast Recording (1984) • The Light in the Piazza - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005) • The Last Five Years - Original Cast Recording (2002) • My Fair Lady - Original Broadway Cast (1956) • Thoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002)

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?  November's episode features Peter Boyer (The Fantasticks - 1960) and Jenny Male (Urinetown: The Musical) talking about the Marx Brothers' masterpiece: Duck Soup (1933).

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Nov 21, 2018

Patrick is joined by Michael J. Bobbitt, James Finley, Kari Ginsburg, and Emily Zickler for a discussion, debate, trivia, and singing. Our topic: “I Want” Songs.

Recorded live at Flying V Theatre’s 2nd annual 24-hour fundraiser: Awesome-a-Thon Vol. 2! on April 8, 2018.

0:01:42 “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin ·· performed by Patrick Flynn ·· music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

0:20:16 “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story ·· performed by Michael J. Bobbitt ·· music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

0:35:00 “The Wizard and I” from Wicked ·· performed by Emily Zickler ·· music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

0:50:34 “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors ·· performed by James Finley ·· music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman

1:02:00 “Some People” from Gypsy ·· performed by Kari Ginsburg ·· music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

1:15:10  “Maybe” from Annie ·· performed by Emily Zickler & Company ·· music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin

1:23:14 “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the film The Wizard of Oz ·· music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E Y Harburg

with Heather Hurley on piano

Nov 14, 2018

Courtney Laine Self is a director/choreographer. She directed Sheila and Moby and wrote her thesis on Crazy for You. She also likes to push Patrick's buttons. And the feeling is very mutual.

Topics include: Ken Ludwig (the man, not the poster), the interpretive power of dance, and Susan Stroman.

 

Featured recording:

Crazy for You - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1992)

 

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?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about the cultiest of cult musicals: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

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Nov 7, 2018
Patrick's new play Sheila and Moby presented by Flying V Theatre is NOW PLAYING. So episodes over the next few weeks will all be related to that production. Susanna Pretzer is Flying V's literary manager and served as dramaturg during Sheila and Moby's almost two-year development process.
 
ORIGINAL NOTES:
It's a Zeitler*! Dramaturg Susanna Pretzer is here to talk about this Joe Iconis musical based on the YA novel but Patrick keeps bringing up Heathers and it's super annoying.
 
Featured recordings:
Be More Chill - Original Cast Recording (2015)
Heathers - World Premiere Recording (2014)
 
*(An episode about a show of which Patrick has never heard.)
 
 
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?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)
 
Oct 31, 2018
FINALLY! We're talking about Heathers with Cassie Cope who can currently be seen in Flying V's production of Sheila and Moby in the role of "Courtney."
 

Topics include: Dying alone; bops; and how Cassie convinced her mother to take eighth-grade self and her eight-year-old sister to see this show in New York, twice, on consecutive nights.

 

Featured recording:

Heathers - World Premiere Recording (2014)

 

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?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

Oct 24, 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.

Farrell Parker plays the dual roles of Lara & Curly in Sheila and Moby and we're flashing back to her 2017 episode about A Chorus Line.

ORIGINAL NOTES:

Actor and Shakespearean scholar-in-training Farrell Parker comes by to talk about an album she adores and a show she does not. And the call is coming from inside the studio!

Also T&A, ballet, and the nature and understanding of the concept of success.

 

Featured recordings:

A Chorus Line - Original Broadway Cast (1975)

A Chorus Line - The New Cast Recording (2007)

 

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 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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