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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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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)

 

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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)

 

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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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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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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