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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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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.

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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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