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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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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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Apr 26, 2017

Despite some initial recording confusion, Patrick and Charlene manage to get into some stuff. They talk women in the arts, dramatic structure, subtext, agency, and occasionally even mention MAN OF LA MANCHA.

Featured recordings:
MAN OF LA MANCHA - The Complete Musical Play (1968)

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Apr 19, 2017

During their A CHORUS LINE conversation Farrell and Patrick talked about the theme of “success.” Here is the unedited version of that conversation.

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Apr 12, 2017

It's a Zeitler! Dramaturg Susanna Pretzer is here to talk about this Joe Iconis musical based on the YA novel but Patrick keeps bringing up HEATHERS and it's super annoying.

(A “Zeitler” is what Patrick calls episodes about shows he has never heard of.)

Featured recordings:
BE MORE CHILL - Original Cast Recording (2015)
HEATHERS - World Premiere Cast Recording (2014)

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Apr 5, 2017

Megan and Patrick both like C.S. Lewis. A lot. So they talk about C.S. Lewis. A lot.

Like, A LOT a lot.

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Mar 29, 2017

Sound-designer Kenny Neal comes by to talk about what describes as “nobody’s favorite musical.” Topics include: “What?,” “Why?,” “Really?,” “He does?,” “They are?,” and “I don’t get it.”

Featured recordings:
STARLIGHT EXPRESS - The Original Cast Recording (1984)

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Mar 22, 2017

On the occasion of Stephen Joshua Sondheim's 87th birthday, Paul and Patrick talk about all kinds of Sondheim. Also Sondheim and Sondheim.

Featured recordings:
EXPERIMENT - Mandy Patinkin (1994)

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Mar 15, 2017

Actual grown-up Beth Amann channels her 13-year-old self and talks about the unstoppable force that is WICKED. Topics include Joel Grey, Norbert Leo Butz, and the immovable objects that are music theatre hipsters.

Featured recordings:
WICKED - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005)

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Mar 8, 2017

Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s amazing new musical COME FROM AWAY opens on Broadway this Sunday (March 12, 2017). Both Patrick and Sara saw it when it was at Ford’s Theatre on its way to Broadway and they think you should too. Really. Like, right now. Go see it. Now. We’ll wait.

Featured recordings:
COME FROM AWAY - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)
FUN HOME - A New Broadway Musical (2015)

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