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The Original Cast

A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.
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May 15, 2024

originally released: June 22, 2016

Roddy is the Executive Director for the U.S. House of Representative’s LGBT Caucus. He is also our first guest drawn “from the house” and Patrick’s brother. Roddy and Patrick gab about Angela Lansbury, intermissions, and the unbearable heaviness of this show’s plot.

Featured recording:
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1964)

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May 1, 2024

originally released: October 12, 2016

Actor and director Kari Ginsburg is here to talk about one woman’s fall from grace as she facilitates the rise of her daughter from the front of a cow to the greatest stripper in the history of the world.

Featured recordings:
GYPSY - The Original Broadway Cast (1959)

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Apr 17, 2024

originally released: April 21, 2021

NPR’s Glen Weldon is here for the musical that (according to him) made him gay.

Topics include: Herb Alpert (not the dirty one), Charles Emerson Winchester III, Doolittle as a father, Nathan Lane chewing scenery, Eliza’s agency, keeping media fresh, and why album covers are important.

Glen Weldon’s Profile on NPR dot org

Playbill’s “The Definitive List of the 43 Best-Selling Cast Recordings of All Time” by Logan Culwell-Block

Featured recordings: My Fair Lady - Original Cast (1958) • My Fair Lady - Original Broadway Cast (1956)  • Brigadoon - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1947)

DO YOU LIKE MOVIE MUSICALS? DO YOU LIKE SONDHEIM? Then you will love our PATREON podcast The Original Cast at the Movies because 2021 is all about Sondheim Movie Musicals!! This month’s episode brings us James Finley (The Life) and Charlene V. Smith (Man of La Mancha) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).

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Apr 3, 2024

originally released: July 13, 2022

Emmy-winner and former The Daily Show head-writer Elliott Kalan is here for a musical running now about then but really about way back then which seems to have been lost now.

Topics include: losing on Jeopardy!, adding jokes by Larry David, ethical use of a resurrection machine, Frank Loesser, the House Committee on “Shipoopi,” Broadway sets of the 50s & 60s, and (of course) is Winthrop Marion’s son and does that matter?

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The Flop House Podcast

The Who Was? Podcast

Featured recordings: The Music Man - Original Broadway Cast (1957)

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Mar 20, 2024

Clint is the paterfamilias of the McElroy family of podcasters as well as a comic book author, theatre director, and general enthusiast of all things. And he’s here for his favorite original cast album of a show he was IN on BROADWAY (kinda).

Topics include: spelling your way to Broadway glory, not making fun of the kids, getting choreo tips from Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Guys and Dolls Jr. (aka Bugsy Malone), and Liev Schreiber’s finger acting.

The McElroy Dot Family

Featured recordings: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005)

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Mar 6, 2024

Justin is the oldest brother on the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast but is also a best-selling author, voice actor, and community theatre director. And he’s here with a show that rode the early-90s obsession with the late-60s to Tony glory!

Topics include: how Tommy is like Joseph from a protagonist standpoint, seeing the original Broadway production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the jauntiest song about molestation, and (weirdly) the State Farm’s Super Bowl commercial.

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Featured recordings: The Who's Tommy - Original Cast Recording (1993) • Tommy - The Who (1969) • Who’s Next - The Who (1971)

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Feb 21, 2024

Bruce is (along with his producing partner Jack W. Batman) a two-time Tony Award winning producer of shows such as Pippin, Be More Chill, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, and the very show we’re talking about today!

Topics include: what a producer does, why shows are so expensive, what a producer should do, being an extra in Fame, and the upcoming revival of The Who’s Tommy!

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Featured recordings: Bonnie & Clyde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)

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Feb 7, 2024

Em is an actor in New York and DC who brings us this most classic of musicals as revived St. Ann’s Warehouse revival that ****s. There is really no other way to put it. That’s how we all remember it. I bleep it every time but that’s what we’re saying. It’s the Oklahoma! that ****s.

Topics include: the buttery/flaky crust of nostalgia, Rebecca Naomi Jones doing no wrong, Mary Testa opening numbers, a moment of meta-textualism that brings things to a crashing halt, disappointing revivals, reclaiming Jud, and can one out-sexy Julie Andrews & Robert Goulet?

Em Whitworth Dot Com

Featured recordings: Oklahoma! - Broadway Cast Recording (2019) • Oklahoma! - Selections from the Theatre Guild Musical Play (1943)

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Jan 24, 2024

Dani is a Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright and actor who brings us this JRB musical by way of a Clint Eastwood movie by way of a 90s romance novel about Kelli O’Hara making out with Laura Benanti’s ex-husband.

Topics include: wet old men, the dangers of casting Steven Pasquale, complicated women, the high stakes of everyday life.

Dani Stoller Dot Com

Featured recordings: The Bridges of Madison County - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2014)

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Jan 10, 2024

Stephen is the incoming President & CEO of the Music School of Delaware of which Patrick is an alumnus (but Stephen doesn’t know that when we start so keep it under your hat).

Topics include: sensitive kids, deceptive simplicity, passing on Rooster, mom’s lullabies, George C. Wolfe’s Annie, and the teachers who poured themselves into us.

The Music School of Delaware

Featured recordings: Annie - Original Cast Recording (1976)

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Dec 27, 2023

Did you know we had a bonus podcast on our PATREON page? Well, we do. Each month, you can listen to The Original Cast at the Movies, a long-form movie discussion podcast with musical theatre implications.

Beth Amann and Kari Ginsburg are here to kick off The Original Cast at the Movies's new theme: THE YEAR OF BARBARA (HARRIS)! We'll be covering 13 Barbara Harris films starting with this Academy Award-nominated comedy(?) from Francis Ford Coppola Peggy Sue Got Married featuring Ms Harris in one of her many "mother" roles. The question is: Is Barbara Harris the best part of this movie?
 
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Nov 29, 2023

Jenny is the President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts and she’s here for a trip downtown, across the world, and back in time.

Topics include: the Berlin Wall, A Night at the Opera, Leonard Bernstein, being asked to change your name, arts education, the Air Force Band, and what you can accomplish without a building.

Washington Performing Arts Dot Org

Featured recordings: Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2001)

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Nov 15, 2023

It is impossible for me to overstate how special it was to speak with Austin Pendleton. An actor’s actor, playwright, director, and a wonderfully kind human being. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I do.

Topics include: working with jazz artists, Salvador Dalí on the phone at 4:00am, trying to blow off Jerome Robbins (and failing), promises made to Zero Mostel, Barbara Harris & Hunter College, acting with Kermit the Frog, and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad.

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Featured recordings: The Last Sweet Days of Isaac - Original Cast Recording (1970) • People - Barbra Streisand (1964)

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Nov 1, 2023

Eleni comes to us from the Kennedy Center’s Digital Learning Center to talk about a musical that lives in her very soul and bones.

Topics include: preteen sunset, channelling Maria Callas, tired performances, unfinished lyrics, Betty Schaefer’s agency, and (of course) a swimming pool named “Andrew.”

Kennedy Center Education

”Who Doesn’t Love Opera?” by Eleni Hagen at Kennedy Dash Center Dot Org

Around the Sun at the Broadway Podcast Network

Featured recordings: Sunset Boulevard - World Premiere Recording (1993) • Sunset Boulevard - Original Niedernhausen Cast (1995) • Sunset Boulevard - American Premiere Recording (1994)

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Oct 18, 2023

Stuart is 1/3 of The Flop House podcast (the 3rd third to guest on this show) as well as the proprietor of both Hinterlands and Minnie’s Bar in Brooklyn. And he’s here with a Danish Heavy Metal concept album that is more well-thought-out than The Who’s Tommy.

Topics include: deep dives and rabbit holes, allegorical mother draining, being a completist, Queen, showmanship, and Patrick’s familiarity with the iconography of the Church of Satan.

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Featured recordings: “Them” - King Diamond (1988)

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Oct 4, 2023

Patrick and Patrick have been friends for multiple decades and they talk entirely about Swing! and they don’t almost immediately diverge into talking about the Harry Connick Jr/Jessie Mueller revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever that Patrick was in and I don’t know how these rumors get started.

Topics include: the dark corners of Joe Allen’s, the concrete floors of Toby’s, Anne Hampton Calloway, dinner-theatre CATS, the St. James Theatre (aka: the horseshoe of death), meeting Jessie Mueller, Almost Famous, being “the kiss of death,” and Harry Connick Jr’s assistant.

Patrick O’Neill Dot Me

Ben Brantley’s 2011 review of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Featured recordings: Swing! - Original Cast Recording (1999)

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Sep 20, 2023

Playwright and actor Vince Gatton is here to talk about an album that is not his favorite show but has a strong hold on him nonetheless.

Topics include: unusual ways, first recordings vs best recordings, burning out cassettes, disgustingly wonderful fithiness, and what happens when you can get Elaine Paige instead of Sarah Brightman but not until the weekend.

Vince Gatton Dot Com

NSFW: Anita Morris - “A Call from the Vatican”

REALLY NSFW: Jane Krakowski - “A Call from the Vatican”

Featured recordings: Nine - The Original London Concert Cast Recording (1992) • Nine - Original Cast Album (1982) • Nine - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

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Sep 8, 2023

SPECIAL DELIVERY! Friends of the show Douglas J. Cohen & Douglas Carter Beane are here to talk about the new cast album for their musical The Big Time which drops on Concord Theatricals TODAY! Starring Tony winners Santino Fontana and Debbie Gravitte and featuring Jackie Hoffman and Will Swenson, The Big Time is a big musical comedy that you are going to love.

THE BIG TIME - Studio Cast Recording (2023) at Concord Theatricals Recordings

Douglas J. Cohen / Sondheim: A Musical Tribute - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1973)

Douglas Carter Beane / Babes in Arms - 1999 New York Cast Recording (1999)

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Sep 6, 2023

Kari’s back to talk about a musical no one wants to talk about! Well, not NO ONE but not enough people in Patrick’s opinion.

Topics include: Barbara Harris, Alan Alda, the greatness of Barbara Harris, 3 Act musicals, the glorious comedic timing of Barbara Harris, the genius of Sheldon Harnick, the rhapsodic joy one feels listening to Barbara Harris, Warren Beatty (and how he wronged Barbara Harris), and how much we miss Barbara Harris.

Kari Ginsburg Dot Com

Uproar Coaching!

Barbara Harris in Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Barbara Harris performing “Oh to Be a Movie Star” and “Gorgeous” at the Tonys in 1966

Barbara Harris winning her (much deserved) Tony Award

Featured recordings: The Apple Tree - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

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Aug 23, 2023

I’m guessing if you listen to a podcast about original cast albums, then you know who Joe Iconis is and you probably also know how thrilled I am to be talking with him this week. Aside from his Tony-nominated score for Be More Chill, Joe’s other vast musical credits include the likes of The Black Suits, Punk Rock Girl!, Bloodsong of Love, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love in Hate Nation.  He’s coming to us from La Jolla Playhouse where he is debuting his newest musical: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical.

Topics include: parents with shitty musical tastes, Inner-City Mother Goose, Carol Hall, Elaine Stritch, and Mandy Patinkin auditioning for Back to the Future

Mr Joe Iconis Dot Com

The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical at La Jolla!

Featured recordings: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - Original Cast (1978) • Free to Be... You and Me - Marlo Thomas and Friends (1972) • Company - Original Broadway Cast (1970) • Guys and Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording (1992)

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Aug 9, 2023

Robbie’s back (again) for what is a seminal recording for fans of a certain age.

Topics include: single fun aunts, over-acting with masks, jumpers & big collars, natural disasters, Michael Ball, documentaries about Laurie Beechman, vests, and Victoria Clarke Syndrome.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection + Encore on YOUTUBE!

Cast Album Cage Match: EVITA vs. Billy Recce

Listen to Her Heart: The Life and Music Of Laurie Beechman

the cover art for Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1992)

Robbie Rozelle Dot Com

Featured recordings: The Premiere Collection: The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1987) • Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore (1992) • Gold - Linda Eder (2002)

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Jul 26, 2023

Mike is a New York City-based director who loves the Great American Songbook, trivia, collecting LP records, and hot beverages. And he’s here for a Kander & Ebb show that’s right up there with 70, Girls, 70 and The Happy Time in terms of popularity, influence, and success.

Topics include: getting the plot wrong, death in musicals, Anyone Can Whistle, who would’ve won the Best Score Tony in 1969 had it existed, Don Walker, and Hal Prince’s ethos (or lack thereof).

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Featured recordings: Zorba - Original Cast Album (1968)

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Jul 12, 2023

Erika is a co-host of the great podcast That Aged Well as well as a writer and performer who loves the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Bookshop. And she’s here for a show she saw FIVE TIMES on Broadway!

Topics include: songs from the ’66 original, is Sally Bowles just Millie Dilmount on drugs, the problem of irony, making Generation X feel better, The Wolf of Wall Street, and what has aged well.

That Aged Well Dot Com

Emergency Podcast Episode on Diana: The Musical

”Tomorrow Belongs to Me” on Wikipedia

Featured recordings: Cabaret - The New Broadway Cast Recording (1998) • Cabaret - The Original Broadway Cast (1966) • Cabaret - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1972)

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Jun 28, 2023

Broadwaysted!’s own Kimberly is back (for the 3rd time) to talk about the album that makes us wonder: "Who . . . is Barbra Streisand?”

Topics include: how to headphone like Barbra, doing more Zack than you want, James Brolin self-tapes, Hugh Jackman playing a wolf-man, Barbra as the emcee, what you get with the “Deluxe” Edition, and how much dialogue is too much dialogue?

ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway YouTube Videos

Broadwaysted!

Featured recordings: Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand (2016) • The Broadway Album - Barbra Streisand (1985)

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