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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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Sep 7, 2016

The second and third parts in our on-going series of close encounters of the Mandy kind.

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Aug 31, 2016

Director/actor Lee Liebeskind talks about a show neither he nor Patrick have seen even though they both know people who did it on Broadway. Topics include: closing numbers, smoky vocals, and whether or not Patrick knows John Gallagher Jr well enough to call him “John.”

Featured recordings:

SPRING AWAKENING - A Decca Broadway Cast Album (2006)

 

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Aug 24, 2016

During their CHESS conversation, Patrick had some points about the quality of Tim Rice’s lyrics. Jason, being himself, had some counterpoints.

 

Featured recordings:

CHESS - Benny Andersson | Tim Rice | Björn Ulvaeus (1984)

ALADDIN - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992)

 

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Aug 17, 2016

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)

 

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Aug 10, 2016

During their FLORA THE RED MENACE conversation, Hannah updated Patrick on her new role in The Welders playwrights collective and what we can expect from The Welders 2.0.

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Aug 3, 2016

Dramaturg, audience enrichment manager at Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Welder 2.0 Hannah Hessel Ratner joins Patrick to talk about Kander & Ebb's first collaboration, Liza Minelli's Broadway debut, and one of George Abbott's last shows: FLORA THE RED MENACE. Patrick and Hannah talk about the tenants of communism, how one sings about communism, and whether communism will save us from making cannon fodder of our youth.

Featured recordings:

FLORA THE RED MENACE - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1965)

 

 

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Jul 27, 2016

During their ANYONE CAN WHISTLE conversation, Patrick and Roddy took a detour into two shows that they had strong feelings about in the 90s and still have strong feelings about today.

Featured recordings:

RENT - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)

JEKYLL & HYDE - The Complete Work (1994)

 

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Jul 20, 2016

Playwright Liz Maestri stops by to talk about the London cast recording of LES MISÉRABLES. Patrick and Liz discuss the difference between a “leading lady” and a “lady,” roles that are beneath Patti LuPone, and whether woodwinds belong in a marching band.

Featured recordings:

LES MISÉRABLES - Original London Cast Recording (1985)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - A Rock Opera (1970)

LES MISÉRABLES - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)

LES MISÉRABLES - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1990)

 

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Jul 13, 2016

Coming off their conversation about the glory days of MTV, Patrick & Eric opine the glory days of the mixtape.

Featured recordings:

WHO’S NEXT - The Who (1971)

EMPTY GLASS - Pete Townshend (1980)

 

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Jul 6, 2016

Nick is artistic director of Field Trip Theatre in Washington, DC and casting director for Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD and is here to talk about the Brian Stokes Mitchell revival recording of MAN OF LA MANCHA. Topics include Connecticut, Mario Lopez, stunt casting, and the fact that the Padre is great character that doesn't get enough respect.

Featured recording:

MAN OF LA MANCHA - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

 

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Jun 29, 2016

We go back to our first guest for this deleted gem. Tracy stumps Patrick and Megan with a song of which neither of them had heard. And Tracy learns that "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" and ”Snoopy's Christmas" are two different songs.

Featured recordings:
SINK THE BISMARCK! - Johnny Horton (1960)
SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON - The Royal Guardsman (1966)
SNOOPY AND HIS FRIENDS - The Royal Guardsman (1968)

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Jun 22, 2016

Roddy is the Executive Director for the U.S. House of Representative’s LGBT Caucus. He is also our first guest drawn “from the house” and Patrick’s brother. Roddy and Patrick gab about Angela Lansbury, intermissions, and the unbearable heaviness of this show’s plot.

Featured recording:
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1964)

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Jun 15, 2016

During their CHESS conversation, Patrick and Jason fell into a nostalgia hole about Saturday morning cartoons. A glorious, glorious hole.

 

Featured recordings:

Garfield and Friends

X-Men

Pokemon

Gummy Bears

Duck Tales

Animaniacs

Tiny Toon Adventures

Freakazoid

Denver the Last Dinosaur

M*A*S*K

He-Man

 

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Jun 8, 2016

This week we break format for a discussion about the Tony Awards with past guest Don Mike Mendoza and future guest Roddy Flynn. We talk about not only this year's shows but the Tonys as a whole and how award shows make us feel.

Featured recordings:

BRIGHT STAR - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

HAMILTON - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015)

SCHOOL OF ROCK - Original Cast Recording (2015)

WAITRESS - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2016)

 

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Jun 1, 2016

This week we take a deep-dive into a song's evolution with this number from EVITA. From its debut on the 1976 concept album, its deletion from the stage production, and reinstatement for the film.

 

Featured recordings:

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

EVITA - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1979)

EVITA - The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack (1996)

 

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May 25, 2016

Actor and two-TV-owner Eric Messner discusses THE WHO’S TOMMY. Topics include: What is the title of this show? British accents? And, of course, the MTV.

Featured recording:
THE WHO’S TOMMY - Original Cast Recording (1993)

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May 18, 2016

During my conversation with Eric Messner about THE WHO'S TOMMY, we ended up talking about MTV in the early-to-mid 1990s and what a great thing it was. Like, seriously, it was money. So money and you don’t even know it.

Featured recordings:
  THE WHO’S TOMMY - Original Cast Recording (1993)
  FLASH: Original Soundtrack Music - Queen (1980)
  STRONG BAD SINGS AND OTHER TYPE HITS - Homestar Runner (2003)
  CLOUD 9 - George Harrison (1987)
  EVEN WORSE - “Weird Al” Yankovic (1988)

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May 11, 2016

Actor, singer, and Orioles fan Evan Casey talks LES MISÉRABLES. Patrick & Evan talk about Colm Wilkinson, JERSEY BOYS, and whether or not Terrence Mann is the greatest singer in the history of the world.

Featured recording:
  LES MISÉRABLES - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)

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May 4, 2016

This week’s intermission comes from next week’s talk with actor Evan Casey. Patrick & Evan discuss the work of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and how difficult it is to follow a mega-hit like LES MISÉRABLES.

Featured recordings:
   LES MISÉRABLES - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)
   MISS SAIGON - Original London Cast Recording (1990)
   “Mama Told Me Not to Come” - Three Dog Night

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Apr 27, 2016

Jason is the artistic director for the Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre company Flying V. He and Patrick discuss the concept album of CHESS and how it cemented their friendship. Also: singing in restaurants, the glory of synth rock, and the nature of love. Seriously, it gets deep for a minute.

Featured recording:
   CHESS - Benny Andersson | Tim Rice | Björn Ulvaeus (1984) http://amzn.to/1Sr0sFE

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Apr 13, 2016

La-Ti-Do performer and producer Don Mike Mendoza talks about that swingin’ adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan: HOT MIKADO. We talk interracial casting, talent crushes, and tap dancing.

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Apr 6, 2016

Welcome to The Original Cast’s first Intermission. Every other week in between interviews, we’ll release something that was cut due to time but was just too good to keep to ourselves.

Our first Intermissionee is actor, singer, & teacher Evan Casey. Evan will be back in a few weeks to discuss the original Broadway cast recording of LES MISÉRABLES. Until then, here’s Evan’s story about the time he met Mandy Patinkin.

Evan can currently be seen at Signature Theatre in THE FLICK now through April 17. Tickets are available at http://www.sigtheatre.org/events/2015-16/the-flick/

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Mar 30, 2016

Welcome to The Original Cast, a podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright/filmmaker/professor Patrick Flynn.

Our first guest is actress, singer, & recording artist Tracy Lynn Olivera who stops by to discuss the 1967 original cast album of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. We’re also joined by dramaturg Megan Westman as we discuss off-Broadway basement shows, the wrong kind of meta, and how Tracy feels about the 1999 Broadway revival (spoiler: she hates it).

Buy YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN - The Original Cast Album (1967) on Amazon http://amzn.to/1OyfZei

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Mar 16, 2016

Welcome to The Original Cast, a podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright-filmmaker-professor Patrick Flynn.

Each week we’ll bring you a discussion with someone you’d find on-stage, backstage, or in the house of a theatre about that most precious of musical theatre accessories: cast albums.

Episodes start March 30 wherever podcasts are sold.

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