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The Original Cast
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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.
 
A podcast of sparkle warriors from cabaret, burlesque, drag, music theatre and comedy hosted by multi-award-winning Melbourne rock cabaret songwriter/performer Geraldine Quinn.
 
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Some musicals have title songs and we cover a bunch: good, bad, and in-between. Featured recordings: Hello, Dolly! - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1984) • Mame - Original Broadway Cast (1966) • La Cage Aux Folles - Original Cast Recording (1983) LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our the ...…
 
Straight from Broadway's Imperial Theatre and Ain't Too Proud it's Joshua Morgan, Patrick's newest brother from another mother, here to talk about the Shakespeare of musical theatre and his classic work. Topics include: Bombay Dreams, Sondheim Divas, 3rd weddings, the incomparable Joanna Gleason, and stage dooring John McMartin. Featured record ...…
 
Kimberly and Patrick start out talking about My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center and end up talking about Be More Chill by way of the time Patrick went to an Arctic Monkeys show and Matt Helders wore a Go-Pro. LIVE SHOW! Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm at the Flying V Awesome-a-Thon in Bethesda, MD! Our theme this time out is "Musicals Based on Comics!" G ...…
 
Journalist/broadcaster/singer Eliza Berkon is here for a musical another show I can't believe took this long to come up. Topics include: singing through braces, having a table dropped on your foot during a show, and ELIZA WAS ON THE SING-OFF OH MY GOD I'M FREAKING OUT! Click here to listen to samples of Eliza's radio show Formative Tracks on Ap ...…
 
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 ...…
 
It's our THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY so we've got a big episode with a big guest talking about a small show that has big ideas about small moments and long songs. Very long songs. So very, very long, these songs. Topics include: Man 2 is the worst, Mic time for sad white men, why these songs are so long, why are all Man 1's songs gospel-infused, Wom ...…
 
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 recordings: Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (19 ...…
 
Rachel is here for a show about exceeding your expectations that maybe doesn't exceed Patrick's expectations (or does it?). Topics include: Challenging roles, Pippin, the joys of singing high, and the unattainable awesomeness of Jessica Vosk. Also Mean Girls. Link to the Broadway Backstory podcast episode on Legally Blonde Patrick mentions. Fea ...…
 
Composer/lyricist Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) and librettist/lyricist/novelist Dan Elish (13) are here for a phone interview with Patrick about the newly released cast album for their show The Evolution of Mann. Patreons of The Original Cast can download a free mp3 of the song "What's the Matter with Henry?" from The Evolution of ...…
 
We've got a dramaturg to talk about a musical that really could've used a dramaturg. A musical with more concept albums (5) than actual cast albums (1), the last one released fifteen (15) years after it opened on Broadway. A mega(?)- hit from American musical theatre's Saleri: Frank Wildhorn. Topics include: Laura & Patrick's unironic love of t ...…
 
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' ...…
 
While our topic is ostensibly the first Disney Broadway musical (and, as of this release, 10th longest running show in Broadway history), Anna and Patrick spend most of this episode on being a young actor and how one gets started in this business at such a young age. Topics include: Social Anxiety in theatre, Young Cossette, and is the Enchantr ...…
 
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? 1 ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 ou ...…
 
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 ...…
 
As you may or may not (but probably may) know, over at our Patreon page we have a patrons-only podcast called The Original Cast at the Movies. It's a long-form movie discussion podcast about musical movies. In 2018 we've had guests like as Tia Shearer Bassett, Kari Ginsburg, Lee Liebeskind, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Michelle Polera, Jason Schlafstein ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 che ...…
 
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 G ...…
 
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 Mi ...…
 
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 recordings: Falsettoland - Original Cast (1990) • Sunday in the Park with ...…
 
Patrick is joined by Michael J. Bobbitt, James Finley, Kari Ginsburg, and Emily Zickler for a discussion, debate, trivia, and singing. Our topic: “I Want” Songs. Recorded live at Flying V Theatre’s 2nd annual 24-hour fundraiser: Awesome-a-Thon Vol. 2! on April 8, 2018. 0:01:42 “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin ·· performed by Patrick Flynn ·· mus ...…
 
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 Broa ...…
 
Patrick's new play Sheila and Moby presented by Flying V Theatre is NOW PLAYING. So episodes over the next few weeks will all be related to that production. Susanna Pretzer is Flying V's literary manager and served as dramaturg during Sheila and Moby's almost two-year development process. ORIGINAL NOTES: It's a Zeitler*! Dramaturg Susanna Pretz ...…
 
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. Feature ...…
 
Rehearsals have begun for Patrick's new play Sheila and Moby presented by Flying V Theatre. So episodes over the next few weeks will all be related to that production. Farrell Parker plays the dual roles of Lara & Curly in Sheila and Moby and we're flashing back to her 2017 episode about A Chorus Line. ORIGINAL NOTES: Actor and Shakespearean sc ...…
 
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 sh ...…
 
Rehearsals have begun for Patrick's new play Sheila and Moby presented by Flying V Theatre. So episodes over the next few weeks will all be related to that production, starting with this gem, our third ever guest and Flying V's Artistic Director: Jason Schlafstein. ORIGINAL NOTES: Jason is the artistic director for the Helen Hayes Award-winning ...…
 
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 Soundt ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 patr ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 y ...…
 
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 Ton ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 i ...…
 
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 - Se ...…
 
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 messian ...…
 
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 Twi ...…
 
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 inc ...…
 
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. ORIGINAL NOTES: Michael J. Bobbitt, artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, stops by osten ...…
 
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, ...…
 
Tinker Bell (by Patrick Flynn) opens this week at Adventure Theatre MTC. Throughout the run, all our episodes will be related to the production. To kick things off, here's a re-issue of our episode with Tinker Bell herself: Michelle Polera. ORIGINAL NOTES: Actress and Soul Cycle instructor Michelle Polera stops by to talk about that magical pla ...…
 
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. ...…
 
It's the Tonys on Sunday!!! And so we're talking the Tonys with Kari Ginsburg and Roddy Flynn. We go through the nominated revivals (5:56) give our thoughts on the shows up for Best Musical: Mean Girls (26:26), Frozen (44:05), SpongeBob SquarePants (56:46), and The Band's Visit (1:08:04), and then tell you our predictions (1:21:17) for who will ...…
 
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) feat ...…
 
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 d ...…
 
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 forgott ...…
 
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