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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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Oct 18, 2017

Roddy, Kari, and Patrick debate the very nature of criticism from all points-of-view in this cut conversation from our 2017 Tonys episode.

 

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Oct 11, 2017

One of Patrick's favorite people: Danielle Mohlman, playwright and self-appointed co-producer of this podcast, stops in to talk about the definitive rock opera about Jesus of Nazareth.

Topics include: Was Jesus a jerk? Why was Mary Magdalene with Peter during his denial? And who was Paul Raven?

 

Featured recordings:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Original Broadway Cast (1972)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album (1974)

THE BOOK OF MORMON - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)

 

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Oct 4, 2017

In this cut conversation from our NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY episode, Doug and Patrick discuss something they both love and wish was more popular.

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Sep 27, 2017

Actor and co-artistic director of Monumental Theatre Co., Jimmy Mavrikes brought RENT to the table and Patrick will make him atone for its sins.

Or they'll have a lively discussion about its joys and flaws.

Either way.

Featured recordings:
RENT - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)
DIFFERENT CLASS - Pulp (1996)

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Sep 20, 2017

Cuts from our INTO THE WOODS and WICKED episodes both about a show called THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Maybe you’ve heard of it.

Featured recording:
The Premiere Collection: The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1990)

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Sep 13, 2017

Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Emily Zickler is here to talk about Sondheim's masterwork of Gothic horror. Topics include: a baritone with legs, Nellie toast, and how in the world does Cosette not recognize Thénardier or Eponine in the second half of Act I of LES MISÉRABLES? I mean she lived with them for nine years! NINE!

Featured recordings:
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - Original Cast (1979)

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Sep 6, 2017

This excerpt from our LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (2004) episode starts on the Tonys and then goes places.

Featured recordings:
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1992)

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Aug 30, 2017

Actor/musician Jon Jon Johnson joins Patrick to discuss the critically acclaimed and financially unsuccessful musical about the Hilton Sisters. Topics include: violin, compound 4, theatre kids, and how if you’re going to tackle a complex social issue you’d better have a point-of-view.

Patrick has THREE shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival this year. You can see them all on September 2, CHEAP AS FREE! Visit UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

Featured recordings:
SIDE SHOW - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997)

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Aug 23, 2017

This excised portion of Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan’s wonderful visit to our podcast features a candid discussion about being a child star, having a child, and what you learn along the way.

Patrick has THREE shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival this year. You can see them all on September 2, CHEAP AS FREE! Visit UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

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Aug 16, 2017

Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Stephen Spotswood brings this much-heralded musical episode of this much-heralded television series. Topics include: plot dumps, magic charms, appointment television, and why is Dawn always in trouble?

Patrick has THREE shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival this year. You can see them all on September 2, CHEAP AS FREE! Visit UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

Featured recordings:
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING - A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Original Cast Album (2001)

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Aug 9, 2017

Charlene and Patrick talk about endings happy, sad, and in between. Also “The Ladies Who Lunch.”

Patrick has THREE shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival this year. You can see them all on September 2, CHEAP AS FREE! Visit UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

Featured recordings:
COMPANY - A Musical Comedy (2006)
COMPANY - Original Broadway Cast (1970)

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Aug 2, 2017

Actress, playwright, and true original Natalie Ann Piegari is here for that day we all knew we’d have to face eventually.

Topics include: Why do people hate CATS? Why shouldn’t they hate CATS? Do you hate CATS? And does CATS pass the Bechdel Test?

Patrick has THREE shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival this year. You can see them all on September 2, CHEAP AS FREE! Visit UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

Featured recordings:
CATS - Original Broadway Cast (1982)

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Jul 26, 2017

We wrap up our three-week ASSASSINS Extravaganza with a discussion of the song added to the show after its 1991 Playwrights Horizons run.

Featured recordings:
ASSASSINS - The Broadway Cast Recording (2004)

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Jul 19, 2017

Part II of our three-week ASSASSINS Extravaganza and we go through the second half of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the dark side of American History. Topics include: “Squeaky” Fromme, Sarah Jane Moore, John Hinkley, and is there such a thing as a sympathetic murderer?

Disclaimer: ASSASSINS is a dark show that deals with dark themes, some of which you may find disturbing. Also the recording features numerous gunshots, some of which I have included in both episodes. If any of these things bother and/or trigger you, I will understand if you take a break and rejoin THE ORIGINAL CAST in August. I hope you enjoy this deep-dive into a show I consider to be one of the best musicals ever written.

Featured recording:
ASSASSINS - Original Cast Recording (1991)

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Jul 12, 2017

Stage manager Karen Currie is here to kick off our three-week ASSASSINS Extravaganza! For Part I, we go through the first half of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the dark side of American History. Topics include: John Wilkes Booth, Giuseppe Zangara, Leon Czolgosz, and how much attention should one give a terrorist?

Disclaimer: ASSASSINS is a dark show that deals with dark themes, some of which you may find disturbing. Also the recording features numerous gunshots, some of which I have included in both episodes. If any of these things bother and/or trigger you, I will understand if you take a break and rejoin THE ORIGINAL CAST in August. I hope you enjoy this deep-dive into a show I consider to be one of the best musicals ever written.

Featured recording:
ASSASSINS - Original Cast Recording (1991)

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Jul 5, 2017

Kenny and Patrick talk some cast album theory about Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and his bizarre catalog. Plus the 10 longest-running shows in West End history!

Featured recordings:
STARLIGHT EXPRESS - Music and Songs From (1987)
STARLIGHT EXPRESS - The Original Cast Recording (1984)

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Jun 28, 2017

Helen Hayes Award-winner Doug Wilder brings us our third Zeitler! A tiny, dark comedy musical about a serial killer and a cop and the woman the cop loves and the mother of the serial killer and also the cop's mother. Topics include: earnest love, montage theory, and DEATH TO SMOOCHY.

Featured recordings:
NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY - Original Cast Recording (1997)

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Jun 21, 2017

Lee and Patrick commiserate about the worst aspect of show business from both sides of the table.

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Jun 14, 2017

Arena Stage administrator Lauren R Alexander is here to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated Broadway debut. Topics include: Anthony Newley, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, and the front row v. the back row.

Featured recordings:
IN THE HEIGHTS - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2008)
STOP THE WORLD-I WANT TO GET OFF - Original Broadway Cast (1962)
BRING IT ON - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2012)

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Jun 7, 2017

This week we break format for a discussion of the 71st Tony Awards with former guests Roddy Flynn and Kari Ginsburg. And also a special appearance by fan-favorite Bob E Flynn (briefly). Topics include what constitutes set design, the youths, and that Kari & Roddy are going to see NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 without Patrick.

Featured recordings:
COME FROM AWAY - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)
DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016)
GROUNDHOG DAY - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)

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May 31, 2017

1st June 1967: The Beatles release SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

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May 24, 2017

Avid musical theatre fan Eliot Johnson is here to talk about the “new"(?) Broadway cast recording of this dark comedy classic. Topics include: Alice Ripley, African American trios vs quintets, and the Kardashians.

Featured recordings:
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2003)
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - The Complete Soundtrack and Score (1986)
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Original Cast Album (1982)

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May 17, 2017

Bridget and Patrick talk about theatre directing versus film directing versus being an autocratic jerk.

Featured recordings:
COMPANY: A MUSICAL COMEDY (2007)

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May 10, 2017

Actor Patricia Hurley Carpenter comes fresh from Olney Theatre productions of MARY POPPINS and SWEENEY TODD to talk about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning effort. Topics include: racism, hilarity, and the conquering of other countries and peoples based on flags.

Featured recordings:
SOUTH PACIFIC - Original Broadway Cast (1949)

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