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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 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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Apr 4, 2018

Don Mike returns in 3 weeks to talk about DO I HEAR A WALTZ? but before he does, here's a snip from that conversation about MEAN GIRLS which opens this week at the August Wilson.

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? March's episode (now available) features Lee Libeskind and Liz Maestri talking about that American movie musical classic FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003).

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Mar 21, 2018

Actress Holly Twyford talks about her musical debut as Desiree in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature. A daunting undertaking for which she is currently nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

 

Featured recordings:

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Original Broadway Cast (1973)

THE BROADWAY ALBUM - Barbra Streisand (1985)

FOLLIES - The Complete Recording (1998)

FOLLIES - Original Broadway Cast (1971)

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1977)

 

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? This month's episode features Lee Liebeskind and Liz Maestri talking about FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY - the greatest movie starring two American Idol winners playing not themselves made in 2003.

 

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Mar 7, 2018

Logan Culwell-Block is back for this excised conversation about collaboration. Also Barbara Dickson. Also Logan didn't really think ASSASSINScame out in 1976. That was an auditory error.

 

Featured recordings:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - An Original Soundtrack Recording (1965)

EVITA - An Opera Based on the Life of Eva Peron, 1919-1952 (1976)

 

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? February's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991).

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Feb 21, 2018

Three quick conversations excised from Danielle Mohlman's episode about JESUS CHRIST SUPERTAR including an amazing surprise I'm so excited for you to hear omigod, you guys.

 

Featured recordings:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

TILL TOMORROW b/w Try It and See - Rita Pavone (1969)

 

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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? This month's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)?

 

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Feb 7, 2018

I'm on Decomposition Podcast this week defending the honor of Tony Award-winner Billy Joel. This week's intermission is an excerpt from that appearance. The full episode is available over at Decomposition Podcast.

 

Featured recordings:

52ND STREET - Billy Joel (1978)

STORM FRONT - Billy Joel (1989)

 

Bethesda Play-in-a-Day Tickets and Information!

 

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? This month's episode features Natalie Ann Piegari and Amanda Zeitler talking about Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)?

 

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Jan 24, 2018

Jimmy and Patrick divert into the rich vein that is the major motion picture adaptation of RENT. Lord help us.

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? This month's episode features Tracy Lynn Olivera and Holly Twyford talking WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).

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Jan 3, 2018

The next two episodes of this podcast will feature Lauren Halvorsen discussing both Andrew Lippa and Michael John La Chuisa's interpretations of THE WILD PARTY.

So before we dig deep into one of the oddest coincidences in New York theatre history, I'm bringing you this excised bit from James Finley's episode about THE LIFE where James compares the two shows from the perspective of having been in both.

Featured recordings:

THE WILD PARTY - Original Cast Recording (2000)

THE WILD PARTY - A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (2000)

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