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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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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 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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Dec 19, 2018

The Hub Theatre's brand new artistic director is here to talk about Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls follow-up that sprawled 3-LPs in its original release.

Topics include: Catfishing in the 1950s, 3-Act musicals, and Is a Chico Marx impression racist?

Featured recording: The Most Happy Fella - The Complete Broadway Performance (1956)

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 5, 2018

CultralDC's Operations Manager is here to talk about not only the '96 London revival cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar (released in the US in 2000) but also the 2018 NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (which was live but was not a concert).

Topics include: pop-culture Catholicism, the 5 notes you want to hear, and how Michael Crawford is Jen's husband.

Featured recordingsJesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's (1996) • Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera (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?  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 14, 2018

Courtney Laine Self is a director/choreographer. She directed Sheila and Moby and wrote her thesis on Crazy for You. She also likes to push Patrick's buttons. And the feeling is very mutual.

Topics include: Ken Ludwig (the man, not the poster), the interpretive power of dance, and Susan Stroman.

 

Featured recording:

Crazy for You - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1992)

 

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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?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about the cultiest of cult musicals: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

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Oct 31, 2018
FINALLY! We're talking about Heathers with Cassie Cope who can currently be seen in Flying V's production of Sheila and Moby in the role of "Courtney."
 

Topics include: Dying alone; bops; and how Cassie convinced her mother to take eighth-grade self and her eight-year-old sister to see this show in New York, twice, on consecutive nights.

 

Featured recording:

Heathers - World Premiere Recording (2014)

 

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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?  October's episode features Jason Schlafstein (Chess - 1984) and Courtney Laine Self (Crazy for You) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

Oct 17, 2018
You may have seen Robyn on Fringe or Gossip Girl or The Unusuals (my favorite) or as "Moby" in Flying V's Sheila and Moby opening October 27. But today she's here to talk about a show that bears repeating.
 

Topics include: Do we need awards? Do parents just not understand? And is Benny the bad guy?

 

Also remember that Angel kills a dog in this show.

 

Featured recordings:

Rent - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)
 

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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?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 
Oct 3, 2018
Designer, record producer, performer, and talent-whisperer Robbie Rozelle is here to bring some joy into Patrick's life (he says).

Topics include: Jerry Herman's pros, Jerry Herman's cons, Jerry Herman's women, and the movie version of Mame which is just the worst.

 

Featured recordings:

Mame - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

Mame - Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1974)

 

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 (Titanic) and James Finley (The Life) talking about that Disney musical experience: Newsies (1992)

 

Sep 19, 2018
Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the Broadwaysted and Broadway Baby podcasts joins Patrick to discuss this Tony Award-winning musical that launched the career of Kelli O'Hara and made Kimberly's father and sister fell asleep.

 

Topics include: Where the horse kicked her, overtures, and are we sure this isn't just Do I Hear a Waltz??

 

Featured recordings:

The Light in the Piazza -  Original Broadway Cast Recording (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?  September's episode features Tia Shearer Bassett and James Finley discussing the Disney musical that launched a thousand hats: Newsies (1992).

 

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Sep 5, 2018

A big episode for a big show. Actor Elliot Dash is with us to talk about one of Patrick's 10 favorite musicals. And they go all over the place. Except for the plot, if you want a detailed plot synopsis, you'll need to go to Wikipedia.

Topics include: changing lyrics, bootleg CDs, and the state of race and race relations in America from 1902 to the present day.

 

Featured recordings:

Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

Ragtime - Songs from the Musical (1996)

 

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 22, 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.

 

Multi-hyphenate "ographer" (fight, choreo, et al.) Jenny Male is here to talk about the brilliant play Tinker Bell that she is ography-ing at Adventure Theatre MTC. Also she's here to talk about the Tony-winning musical with self-confessed a "terrible title."

Topics include: Brecht, pay toilets, and how much self-referential humor can one show sustain?

 

Featured recording:

Urinetown the Musical - The Original Cast Recording (2001)

 

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 8, 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.

Ashley plays a myriad of roles in Tinker Bell (from birds and flowers to all seven Lost Boys) and she's here to talk about this fantastic show about the past that may've been ahead of its time.

Topics include: basements, emotions, truth, beauty, the South, and leaving it all on the stage.

 

Featured recordings:

Caroline, or Change - Original 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 features Kenny Neal and Michelle Polera talking about The Beatles' first feature A Hard Day's Night (1964).


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Jul 25, 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.

This week our Peter Pan is here to talk about a rock musical that is more Hair than Tommy.

Topics include: the lyrical metaphors of Bille Joe Armstrong, the enigmatic existence of St. Jimmy, the messianic imagery of Claude Hooper Bukowski, and whether or not Patrick is just an old man who doesn't get it.

Featured recordings:
American Idiot - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (2010)
Warning - Green Day (2000)
nimrod. - Green Day (1997)
Hair - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1968)
American Idiot - Green Day (2004)
Dookie - Green Day (1994)

 

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 11, 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.

This week we've got our Wendy: Meghan Abdo talking about this Tony Award-winning musical based on the Academy Award-winning movie about a bittersweet love story between two hurting musicians.

Topics include: crying, laughing, sobbing, romance, drinking, and crying.


Featured recording:
Once - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2012)


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 Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).


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Jul 4, 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 reissue of the episode featuring Adventure Theatre MTC's Artistic Director: Michael J. Bobbitt.

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Michael J. Bobbitt, artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, stops by ostensibly to discuss the 1990 Flaherty & Ahrens musical Once on This Island but he and Patrick quickly diverge into discussions of stripped-down theatre, racial appropriation, and what constitutes "children's theatre." It gets real. Get into it.

Featured recording:
Once on This Island - Original Cast Recording (1990)

 

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 Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).


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Jun 27, 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.

This week we've got Capt. Jas. T. Hook himself, Peter Boyer in studio to talk about the (for now) longest-running American musical ever.

Topics include: amoral versus immoral, emotional versus physical, and how Mortimer is really the main character of this whole musical no matter what the "writers" might say and/or have written.

CONTENT ADVISORY: The Fantasticks contains a song entitled "It Depends on What You Pay" which liberally uses the word "rape." This is addressed frankly.

 

Featured recordings:

The Fantasticks - Original Cast Album (1960)

The Fantasticks - The New Off-Broadway Recording (2006)

 

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 Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic High School Musical (2006).

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Jun 13, 2018

Journalist Chris Klimek joins us for a talk about a musical from a multiple-Tony Award-winning songwriting team, Academy Award-winning scriptwriter, and legendary producer/director Hal Prince. It was a flop.

Topics include: Superman, Superman: The Motion Picture, Superman Returns, Superman: Turn Off the Dark, and The Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

Featured recording:

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman - Original Broadway Cast (1966)

 

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 Emily Zickler and Sophie Schulman talking about the modern Disney Channel classic HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2006).

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May 23, 2018

It's bloody Brigadoon! Actor Emma Jackson is here with the greatest "how did this show come into your life?" answer yet.

Topics include: Delaware, Delawareans, Delaware theatre, people I know in Delaware, and Longwood Gardens.

Additional topics include: Does the plot make sense? Is Alan Jay Lerner a good writer? And what does Jeff do with his day in Brigadoon?

 

Featured recordings:

BRIGADOON - EMI Records (1992)

 

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 KELLERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? (1971).

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May 9, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC's Assistant Production Manager extraordinaire Brittany Truske is here for a good but tough musical. The 3rd in our Pulitzer Prize-winning musical series and the most controversial.

Topics include: seeing a show blind, auto-tuning one tiny phrase, and are there any happy songs in Act 2?

 

Trigger Warning: Next to Normal deals with the issues of prescription drug abuse, electroshock therapy, and suicide. If these topics are not your favorite, we've got 111 other episodes for you to enjoy. And please remember that there is always someone to talk with at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

 

Featured recordings:

NEXT TO NORMAL - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2009)

 

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 25, 2018

La-Ti-Do co-founder Don Mike Mendoza is back! This time we're talking about that most puzzling of musicals, the Sondheim/Rodgers/Laurents collaboration that ended all those friendships.

Topics include: Why? Seriously why? What? And why?

Also TRIVIA!

 

Featured recordings:

DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - Original Broadway Cast (1965)

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - Original London Cast Recording (1976)

SONHDEIM SINGS: VOLUME II - Stephen Sondheim (2005)

DO I HEAR A WALTZ? - The New Recording (2001)

MANDY PATINKING SINGS SONHDEIM - Mandy Patinkin (2000)

 

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 11, 2018

Actor/teacher/maker/mama Tia Shearer Bassett is here to talk about the musical about the boat that sank, and Leo & Kate barely come up.

Topics include: Michael Cerveris, Brian D'Arcy James, and the audacity of hope.

 

Featured recordings:

TITANIC- Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

 

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 28, 2018

The gang from Decomposition Podcast is here to talk about another Kander & Ebb revival that outran its original production.

Topics include: songs about pineapples, emabarassing things Kit Kat girls do, & how it would feel to write a song that unintentionally becomes a Neo-Nazi anthem.

 

Featured recordings:

CABARET - The New Broadway Cast Recording (1998)

CABARET - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1974)

 

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 Libeskind and Liz Maestri talking about that American movie musical classic FROM JUSTIN TO KELLY (2003).

 

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Mar 14, 2018

Actor Harrison Smith is here for one of the most important and difficult to listen to musicals ever.

Topics include: JRB, Prince, Uhry, Guettel, and the terrifying capacity of James Finley.

 

Featured recordings:

PARADE - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1999)

 

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 28, 2018

Music director and pianist extraordinaire Elisa Rosman is here for two LPs about a single show that was two shows (really three shows) and is now one show but is still good enough for three shows.

Topics include: The great William Finn, the great Chip Zein, and leaving crying after you came laughing.

 

Featured recordings:

MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS - Original Cast (1981)

FALSETTOLAND - Original Cast (1990)

 

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 14, 2018

Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse Vaughn Irving is here with another Zeitler!

Topics include: drummers, grooves, and what does an artistic director do anyway?

See It's the Rest of the World That Looks So Small NOW at the Silver Spring Black Box!

 

Featured recordings:

STRIKING 12 - The New GrooveLily Musical (2005)

THING-A-WEEK THREE - Jonathan Coulton (2006)

THE ORANGE BOX - Original Soundtrack (2007)

 

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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