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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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Oct 16, 2019

DC Metro Theater Arts editor and publisher Nicole Hertvick is here for an emo telling of the 7th President of the United State's rise to power that fully commits to its premise.

Topics include: Emo, Spring Awakening, the Trail of Tears, and (somehow) Cats. We talk about Cats for a minute. And I don't remember how we got there but there it is: Cats.

CONTENT WARNING: Some of the songs in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson employ some of the seven words you cannot say on television and so may not suit your current listening situation.

Featured recordings: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - Original Cast Recording (2010)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies The latest episode has Caroline Dubberly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch - 2014) and Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) weighing the merits of everyone's favorite mockumentary about a small-town theatre company and their musical about the history of the small town in which they live that may or may not think dreams are stupid. It's Waiting for Guffman (1996)!

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Oct 9, 2019

Doug and I do a lot of great musical theatre back-and-forth but really you just need to read this line from Dorothy Rodgers (wife to Richard, mother to Mary) New York Times obituary: "Mrs. Rodgers founded Repairs Inc., an agency that hired craftsmen to repair broken objects, in 1935 and was its head until 1941. In 1945 she patented the Jonny Mop, which was sold by Johnson & Johnson. It was one of several inventions. In 1958 she created the Basically Yours dress pattern for McCall's, and in 1972 she patented the Turn and Learn storybooks, sold by the Ideal Toy Company."

Seriously!

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies The latest episode has Caroline Dubberly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) weighing the merits of everyone's favorite mockumentary about a small-town theatre company and their musical about the history of the small town in which they live that may or may not think dreams are stupid. It's Waiting for Guffman (1996)!

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Oct 2, 2019

**TRIGGER WARNING** The episode contains frank discussions of sexual assault and stalker behavior.

Caroline Dubberly is here for a show about the dichotomy of existence, the destructiveness of revenge, the cycle of abuse, and the power of self-love.

Topics include: the origin of love, the power of tattoos, and the hymns that get us through.

Featured recordings: Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Original Broadway Cast Album (2014)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies The latest episode has Caroline Dubberly (this episode) and Amanda Zeitler (Starmites) weighing the merits of everyone's favorite mockumentary about a small-town theatre company and their musical about the history of the small town in which they live that may or may not think dreams are stupid. It's Waiting for Guffman (1996)!

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Sep 25, 2019
Doubling up on Al Silber with portions of last week's interview that were edited for time. This episode will also dovetail nicely into next week's episode on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Synergy!
 
Here's a link to the Tonys performance Al mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j661y6KwYA
 
Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  The latest episode has Caroline Dubberly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2014) and Amanda Zeitler (Starmites) weighing the merits of everyone's favorite mockumentary about a small-town theatre company and their musical about the history of the small town in which they live that may or may not think dreams are stupid. It's Waiting for Guffman (1996).
 
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Sep 18, 2019

Actor and author Alexandra Silber is currently appearing as Fraulein Sally Bowles in Olney Theatre Center's production of Cabaret. But she's here this week to talk about this beautiful Lucy Simon/Marsha Norman musical and so much more. Really, we get deep.__Topics include: living with grief, communing with nature, and the glory of Rebecca Luker.

Buy Alexandra's memoir White Hot Grief Parade and her novel After Anatevka. Both titles are also available on Audible read by Al herself!

Featured recordings: The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Sep 11, 2019

How can you have a family and do theatre and be a good parent and not feel guilty? . . . You probably can't.

On Saturday, September 14 at the Rockville Town Center, DC Actors for Animals will present Beltway Barks where the theatre and animal rescue communities come together to save lives! They'll have around 40 animals for adoption there that day, as well as awesome pet vendors with toys, treats, gear, as well as trainers and veterinarian services. You'll also see award-winning DC actors perform musical numbers from some of the best theatres in town as we kick off the DC Metro area's 2019-2020 theatre season. Go to www.dcactorsforanimals.com for more details.

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Sep 4, 2019

We all knew this day would come.

Director Angie Pirko and Patrick take a long walk off the longest-running Broadway musical to see if there's any there there.

Topics include: Christine is a good person, the Cameron Mackintosh of it all, is Raoul an idiot, this show is garbage, and we're here for it anyway.

Programming note: This episode was recorded the day before Harold Prince died.

Featured recordings: The Phantom of the Opera - The Original Cast Recording (1986) • Bad - Michael Jackson (1987) • Il Mito Dell'Opera: Studio Recordings, 1905-1975 - Daniele Barioni (2008) • Meddle - Pink Floyd (1971)

On Saturday, September 14 at the Rockville Town Center, DC Actors for Animals will present Beltway Barks where the theatre and animal rescue communities come together to save lives! They'll have around 40 animals for adoption there that day, as well as awesome pet vendors with toys, treats, gear, as well as trainers and veterinarian services. You'll also see award-winning DC actors perform musical numbers from some of the best theatres in town as we kick off the DC Metro area's 2019-2020 theatre season. Go to www.dcactorsforanimals.com for more details.

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Aug 28, 2019

Nicole Hertvik from the incomparable DC Metro Theatre Arts interviews Patrick and Michelle Polera about their new show What She Said which can be seen this Friday at the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival.

WHAT SHE SAID performance details here.

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Aug 21, 2019

Director Christina A. Coakley is here for this beautiful but little-known show from the team that brought you Ragtime about a closeted man in 1960s Dublin.

Topics include: Roger Rees, Faith Prince, Fun Home, when Ireland legalized divorce, and if one can buy a T-shirt that says "Benny was right."

Featured recording: A Man of No Importance - Original Off-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 has James Finley (The Life) and Charlene V. Smith (Man of La Mancha 1968) talking about the 2007 film Once which is the basis for the 2013 Broadway musical Once. Funny how that works.

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Aug 14, 2019

Heather is a costume designer. So we talked a lot about designing and designers and notes and all that good stuff.

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 has James Finley (The Life) and Charlene V. Smith (Man of La Mancha 1968) talking about the 2007 film Once which is the basis for the 2013 Broadway musical Once. Funny how that works.

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Aug 7, 2019

Actor/teacher Rick Westerkamp is here for the last Best Musical Tony-winner before Company based on one of the most Academy Award-winning films ever made starring an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood. And I bet you've never heard it.

Topics include: Seeing Cabaret at 9-years-old, Turkey Lurky Time, the joys of the chorus, and whether or not Katharine Hepburn can sing (you be the judge!).

Featured recordings: Applause - Original Cast Recording (1970) • Coco - Original Broadway Cast Recording (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 July's episode has James Finley (The Life) and Charlene V. Smith (Man of La Mancha 1968) talking about the 2007 film Once which is the basis for the 2013 Broadway musical Once. Funny how that works.

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Jul 31, 2019

Harold Smith Prince

30 January 1928 - 31 July 2019

 

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Jul 31, 2019

Robbie is the A&R Director and in-house designer for Grammy-winning record label Broadway Records. So he has a lot to say about design. Patrick wrote a book about visual literacy. So he has a lot to say about design. Here's some of what they said together.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

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 has James Finley (The Life) and Charlene V. Smith (Man of La Mancha 1968) talking about the 2007 film Once which is the basis for the 2013 Broadway musical Once. Funny how that works.

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Jul 24, 2019

Samuel French literary manager Garrett Anderson is here for this Ryan Scott Oliver song cycle which, coincidentally, is available through Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company. Funny how that works.

Topics include: literary management, management of literature, song cycles vs. cycles of songs, and a really great table.

Broadway World article containing some of the photos used in the piece.

Featured recordings35MM - Original Cast Recording (2012)

Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now available for license and purchase through Dramatic Publishing!

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 Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

Jul 17, 2019

Good morning, Mr. & Mrs. America and all the ships at sea. FLASH! Journalist Chris Klimek thinks Superman CHEATED!

Featured recordingsSuperman: The Movie - Original Sound Track (1979) • Dragnet - Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (1987)

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 Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

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Jul 10, 2019

Comedian and the Broadway Baby himself Alex Fossella is here for mainly a talk about Waitress. But we also talk about HamiltonRentSunday in the Park with GeorgeCarousel, and other random things that cross the transom of our mutual minds.

Topics include: problematic subplots, over-respect for source material, awkward sex scenes in musicals, and metaphors and the people who use them.

Featured recordings Waitress - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016) • What's Inside: Songs from Waitress Sara Bareilles (2015) • Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996) • Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast Recording (1984)

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

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 Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

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Jul 3, 2019

Laura Esti Miller and Patrick talk about seeing the same show 20 years later.

Featured recordings: Miss Saigon - Original London Cast 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 MoviesJune's episode features Eliza Berkon (Godspell 1973) and Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) discussing the Spice Girls' feature film Spice World (1997) just in time for summer!

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Jun 26, 2019

The Official Broadwaysted! Podcast's Bryan Plofsky says what he says and means what he meant. And he likes this musical one thousand percent!

Topics include: Eric Idle, being better than you need to be, and who is the host of this podcast, anyway?

Featured recordingsSuessical - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2000) • Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1998)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

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 features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 19, 2019

Anyone who has spent time with myself and Courtney knows that we can talk. And we like to talk about American musical theatre and debate about knows more. (Spoiler alert: I do.)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

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 features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 12, 2019

Broadway's Belting Bonnie herself is here to talk about the show that put Sutton Foster on the map in a big way.

Topics include: Michigan one-light towns, Out of Town vs. Previews, stage door madness, and tap-dancing elevators.

Featured recordingsThoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) • A Gilbert & Sullivan Gallery - The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (1993) • Head Over Heels - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

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 features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 5, 2019

The Tony Awards are this Sunday! So we've got Don Mike Mendoza (Hot MikadoDo I Hear a Waltz?, It's the Tonys!) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, It's the Tonys!, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) and the essence of Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) here to talk about the TONYS!!!!

We go through the nominees, talk about this year in theatre, and predict our winners.

Topics include: Is it the right year for a musical version of Tootsie? Did the old guard keep Be More Chill out? Was Ben Brantley's King Kong review wonderful or a complete abdication of professional responsibility on the part of The New York Times? How old does Roddy think Cher and Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton are? And does Don Mike need any of this?

Featured recording2019 Tony Award Season - Broadway Records (2019)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

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 features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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May 29, 2019

Did you know that Jonathan Larson wrote a musical version of George Orwell's 1984? Neither did Patrick. But Robyn did.

Featured recordingsThe Jonathan Larson Project - Original Cast (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? April's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

In a digital age where people are being cast based on their social media following and shows are transferring to Broadway after trending and building their audience online, it's time you learned from leading experts how to effectively promote yourself and your show. At Promote U! you'll get practical, hands-on advice from leading experts on a range of topics, including Creating Your Branding Toolkit, How to Use Social Media to Gain Loyal Fans, Creating a Website That Tells & Sells Your Story, and more! The Original Cast fans can use the code ORIGINAL19 to get your ticket to Promote U for $297 (reg. $597)!

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May 22, 2019

From the official Broadwaysted podcast, it's writer-man Kevin Jaeger who's here for a Zeitler pop opera about a gay couple in a Catholic boarding school. As you might imagine there is very little conflict or angst and everyone is happy through the whole show and it definitely doesn't end with a GHB overdose suicide during a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Topics include: Catholic school, over-writing, under-writing, bullying, and EMOTIONS.

Featured recordingsBare - The Album (2008)

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 MoviesApril's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

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May 15, 2019

I was very lucky to have the chance to chat with Kurt Peterson who produced Sondheim: A Musical Tribute and was in the original Broadway cast of Follies (1971). Kurt spills some tea on how the first Sondheim tribute came together, talks about his plans for the upcoming 50th anniversary, and what it was like to be in Follies before it was considered a classic of American musical theatre. You can learn more about Kurt and his work at his website: James Williams Productions Dot Com.

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? April's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

In a digital age where people are being cast based on their social media following and shows are transferring to Broadway after trending and building their audience online, it's time you learned from leading experts how to effectively promote yourself and your show. At Promote U! you'll get practical, hands-on advice from leading experts on a range of topics, including Creating Your Branding Toolkit, How to Use Social Media to Gain Loyal Fans, Creating a Website That Tells & Sells Your Story, and more! The Original Cast fans can use the code ORIGINAL19 to get your ticket to Promote U for $297 (reg. $597)!

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May 8, 2019

Composer/lyricist (and former subject of this podcast), Doug Cohen is here for the first ever Sondheim tribute.

Topics include: cut songs, Ethel Merman, Sondheim's singing voice, the glorious Nancy Walker, and drowning your babies.

Featured recordingsSondheim: A Musical Tribute - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1973) • Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall - Stephen Sondheim (1992) • Random Access Memories - Daft Punk (2013)

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? April's episode has perennial favorites Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, et al.) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, et al.) talking Yentl (1983), Barbara Streisand's epic story about a woman pretending to be a man so she can study the Talmud and sing alone in the woods with candles.

Get tickets for Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn now playing at First Stage Milwaukee!!

In a digital age where people are being cast based on their social media following and shows are transferring to Broadway after trending and building their audience online, it's time you learned from leading experts how to effectively promote yourself and your show. At Promote U! you'll get practical, hands-on advice from leading experts on a range of topics, including Creating Your Branding Toolkit, How to Use Social Media to Gain Loyal Fans, Creating a Website That Tells & Sells Your Story, and more! The Original Cast fans can use the code ORIGINAL19 to get your ticket to Promote U for $297 (reg. $597)!

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