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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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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 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 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.)

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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Dec 26, 2018

Doug Wilder is an actor/director/filmmaker. During his episode about No Way to Treat a Lady, we talked about the idea of self-production and what a double-edged sword it can be.

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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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)

 

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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May 30, 2018

Thembi and Patrick move from Beyoncé to DREAMGIRLS to Diana Ross to THE WIZ back to Beyoncé her seminal albums LEMONADE.

 

Featured recording:

LEMONADE - Beyoncé (2013)

 

Have you checked out our new 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 (now available) features Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films WHO IS HARRY KELLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 16, 2018

Patrick and Beth talk about kids, kids producers, then producing, then kids again. It all makes sense.

Have you checked out our new 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 Roddy Flynn & Kari Ginsburg talking about one of Patrick's favorite forgotten films WHO IS HARRY KLLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 2, 2018

When one has a Shakespeare scholar as a guest, one talks about Shakespeare. Especially when the guest and one agree on so much about Shakespeare.

Have you checked out our new 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 (now available) features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

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Apr 18, 2018

The final bit of my December 2016 conversation with Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan is a nostalgic trip down problematic lane and a hopeful look forward.

Have you checked out our new 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 features Charlene V. Smith and Sara E. Cohen talking about Mike Leigh's Gilbert & Sullivan film TOPSY-TURVY (1999).

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