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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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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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May 1, 2019

Jeanine Tesori & Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change opens tomorrow at Astoria Performing Arts Center. Patrick speaks with Dev Bondarin (director and APAC's Artistic Director) and leading actress LaDonna Burns (Caroline) about the show, their process, and why this is a show more people should be doing.

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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Apr 24, 2019

Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning producer (Kinky Boots), podcaster, and entrepreneur and he's here to talk about a show that had all the ingredients of a hit but just . . . wasn't. He also tells us one thing he wished everyone knew about producers.

Topics include: knowing a show isn't working, 2nd-Acting-musicals, FalsettosFalsettolandMarch of the Falsettos, Tower Records, and Bobby Lopez.

Featured recordingsThe Goodbye Girl - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1993) • A Class Act - Original Cast Recording (2001)

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)!

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 17, 2019

Some musicals have title songs and we cover a bunch: good, bad, and in-between.

Featured recordingsHello, Dolly! - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1984) • Mame - Original Broadway Cast (1966) • La Cage Aux Folles - Original Cast Recording (1983)

LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 10, 2019

Straight from Broadway's Imperial Theatre and Ain't Too Proud it's Joshua Morgan, Patrick's newest brother from another mother, here to talk about the Shakespeare of musical theatre and his classic work.

Topics include: Bombay Dreams, Sondheim Divas, 3rd weddings, the incomparable Joanna Gleason, and stage dooring John McMartin.

Featured recordingsInto the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987) • Bombay Dreams - Original London Cast Recording (2002) • Pacific Overtures - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1976)

LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 3, 2019

Kimberly and Patrick start out talking about My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center and end up talking about Be More Chill by way of the time Patrick went to an Arctic Monkeys show and Matt Helders wore a Go-Pro.

LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Mar 27, 2019

Journalist/broadcaster/singer Eliza Berkon is here for a musical another show I can't believe took this long to come up.

Topics include: singing through braces, having a table dropped on your foot during a show, and ELIZA WAS ON THE SING-OFF OH MY GOD I'M FREAKING OUT!

Click here to listen to samples of Eliza's radio show Formative Tracks on Apple Podcasts.

Featured recordingsGodspell - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1973) • The Sing-Off - Season 3: Episode 3 - Current Hits & 60's Favorites (2011)

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Mar 20, 2019

Golden-age musicals are problematic. Even the ones you don't think are problematic are problematic.

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? February's episode features Lauren Halvorsen (The Wild Party) and Kenny Neal (Starlight Express) talking about Bugsy Malone (1976) which is like the Little Rascals doing GoodFellas to the Xanadu soundtrack.

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Mar 13, 2019

It's our THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY so we've got a big episode with a big guest talking about a small show that has big ideas about small moments and long songs. Very long songs. So very, very long, these songs.

Topics include: Man 2 is the worst, Mic time for sad white men, why these songs are so long, why are all Man 1's songs gospel-infused, Woman 2's agency, Woman 1's agency, JRB's guest vocalizing Catholic School, and why Billy Porter isn't on this album.

Suport Mary's Kickstarter to send her and Marx in Soho to Edinburgh Fringe!

Featured recordingsSongs for a New World - World Premiere Recording (1996) • Class Clown - George Carlin (1972)

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? February's episode features Lauren Halvorsen (The Wild Party) and Kenny Neal (Starlight Express) talking about Bugsy Malone (1976) which is like the Little Rascals doing GoodFellas to the Xanadu soundtrack.

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Mar 6, 2019

Before it was a Flaherty/Ahrens/McNally musical, Ragtime was a Miloš Forman movie.

And before that, it was a novel by E.L. Doctorow.

And before that, some of the characters were real people.

And before that, some of those real people were real babies.

We don't go back that far.

Featured recordingsRagtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

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? February's episode features Lauren Halvorsen (The Wild Party) and Kenny Neal (Starlight Express) talking about Bugsy Malone (1976) which is like the Little Rascals doing GoodFellas to the Xanadu soundtrack.

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Feb 27, 2019

Rachel is here for a show about exceeding your expectations that maybe doesn't exceed Patrick's expectations (or does it?).

Topics include: Challenging roles, Pippin, the joys of singing high, and the unattainable awesomeness of Jessica Vosk. Also Mean Girls.

Link to the Broadway Backstory podcast episode on Legally Blonde Patrick mentions.

Featured recordingsLegally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

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 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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