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The Original Cast

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A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.

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A podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them hosted by playwright Patrick Flynn.

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By matt tierneyy - Apr 15 2020
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The format of this podcast is brilliant, and it’s one of the easiest podcasts to drop in and out of. My only problem is that some of the guests come across as self righteous and pretentious to the point that I have to turn it off.

Waiting for this to blow up

By SteveT_87 - Mar 05 2020
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As an avid theatre nerd I’ve always been searching for a fun and informative podcast about theatre that doesn’t seek to alienate the unfamiliar but also unapologetically welcomes the initiated. Patrick does a great job of both. I’m just waiting for the moment that this becomes even bigger than it already is.

iTunes Ratings

103 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
8
2
4
1

Depends on the Guest!

By matt tierneyy - Apr 15 2020
Read more
The format of this podcast is brilliant, and it’s one of the easiest podcasts to drop in and out of. My only problem is that some of the guests come across as self righteous and pretentious to the point that I have to turn it off.

Waiting for this to blow up

By SteveT_87 - Mar 05 2020
Read more
As an avid theatre nerd I’ve always been searching for a fun and informative podcast about theatre that doesn’t seek to alienate the unfamiliar but also unapologetically welcomes the initiated. Patrick does a great job of both. I’m just waiting for the moment that this becomes even bigger than it already is.
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The Original Cast

Latest release on May 23, 2020

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Rank #1: Star Johnson / Company - Original Broadway Cast (1970)

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Star is playwright/lyricist/director who brings to us a fun and funny conversation about a still-relevant turning point in the history of American musical theatre that is further from us historically than it is from Oklahoma!.

Topics Include: gender-blind Bobbies, keeping the comedy in musical comedy, being alive, and sliding into her DMs.

Featured Recordings: Company - Original Broadway Cast (1970) • Company - 1995 Broadway Cast Recording (1995) • Experiment - Mandy Patinkin (1994) • Marry Me a Little - Songs by Stephen Sondheim (1980)

T-shirts and tote-bags and more at the Original Cast Store!

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Caroline Dubberly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2014) are here for a movie that has to been seen to be believed but cannot be understood, it's Lost Horizon (1973)!

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May 13 2020

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Rank #2: Alexandra Petri / Camelot - Original Broadway Cast (1960)

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Columnist, playwright, and the mind behind @KyloR3n is here for one of the most capital-M Musicals ever to grace the Broadway.

Topics include: unintentional weird, songs and book and when they don't meet, the unbearable heaviness of Alan Jay Lerner, and a 70-year-old musical that slaps.

Featured recordings: Camelot - Original Broadway Cast (1960)

NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 4, 2020 before any gathering restrictions were in place.

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Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month we've got Kenny Neal (Starlight Express, et al.) and Joanna McKee talking about a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera that has to be seen to be believed (and even then maybe not): Phantom of the Paradise (1974).

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Mar 18 2020

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Rank #3: Susanna Pretzer / Be More Chill - Original Cast Recording (2015)

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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 12 2017

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Rank #4: Casey Erin Clark / Little Women - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005)

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Actor/singer/coach/multi-hyphenate Casey Erin Clark is here for a Sutton Foster vehicle that brings the sincerity.

Topics Include: snark, corsets, Frank Wildhorn, and that time Casey slid 15’ across a stage on her bum.

Featured Recordings: Little Women - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2005) • Frankenstein - World Premiere Recording (2008) • Miss Saigon - Original London Cast Recording (1989) • The Song Begins... - Casey Erin Clark (2008)

T-shirts and tote-bags and more at the Original Cast Store!

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Caroline Dubberly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2014) are here for a movie that has to been seen to be believed but cannot be understood, it's Lost Horizon (1973)!

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May 06 2020

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: Broadwaysted! / Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast (1985)

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It's a big one to kick off the year! Bryan Plofsky and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt of the official Broadwaysted! podcast (where they're drunk on theatre) are here for a big musical that two of us love and one of us also loves but not as much as the first two which is fine but not really because this is the best musical ever.

Topics include: anti-heroes, shows that hold you at arms-length, Fosse/Verdon, and the Mandy of it all.

Featured recordings: Sunday in the Park with George - Original Cast (1985)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month we've got Robbie Rozelle (Mame) talking about the D.A. Pennebaker documentary about the making of the Company original cast album, accurately entitled: Original Cast Album: Company (1971).

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Jan 08 2020

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Rank #6: Joshua Morgan / Into the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987)

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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 recordings: Into the Woods - Original Cast Recording (1987) • Bombay Dreams - Original London Cast Recording (2002) • Pacific Overtures - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1976)

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!" Go to UnknownPenguin.com/Live for more information.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

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? March's episode has Logan Culwell-Block (Little Shop of Horrors 1982) and Kimberly Cooper Schmidt (The Light in the Piazza) talking about The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Dr. Suess's movie for everyone who hated piano lessons.

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: Jenna Duncan / Fiddler on the Roof - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1964)

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Jenna is a director in DC (she directed my adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit) and is also the Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director at Olney Theatre Center. And she's here for a big hit that we all love and, actually, is a lot more layered than you may think.

Topics include: tradition, love, Thestrals, and the importance of stage presence.

Featured recordings: Fiddler on the Roof - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (1964)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month we've got Sophie Schulman (Funny Girl) and Stephen Spotswood (Once More with Feeling) talking about the greatest(?) movie musical ever: Singin' in the Rain (1952).

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Feb 19 2020

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: Joanna McKee / Anastasia - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)

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Joanna works in the Education Department at the Kennedy Center and she is here to take us to school about a show that neither has its facts straight nor respects the emotional implications of said facts. But, y'know, royalty!

Topics include: Frozen 2, Gleb, Starlight Express, Gleb, eating the rich, Gleb, disregarding history, and seriously what is up with Gleb?

Featured recordings: Anastasia - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)

T-shirts and tote-bags and more at the Original Cast Store!

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month we've got Kenny Neal (Starlight Express, et al.) and Joanna McKee (this episode) talking about a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera that has to be seen to be believed (and even then maybe not): Phantom of the Paradise (1974).

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Mar 25 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Evan Casey / Les Misérables - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1987)

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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 11 2016

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Rank #10: Lauren R Alexander / In the Heights - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2008)

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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 14 2017

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Rank #11: Alexandra Silber / The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991)

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Actor and author Alexandra Silber is currently appearing as Fraulein Sally Bowles in Olney Theatre Center's production of Cabaret. But she's here this week to talk about this beautiful Lucy Simon/Marsha Norman musical and so much more. Really, we get deep.__Topics include: living with grief, communing with nature, and the glory of Rebecca Luker.

Buy Alexandra's memoir White Hot Grief Parade and her novel After Anatevka. Both titles are also available on Audible read by Al herself!

Featured recordings: The Secret Garden - The Original Broadway Cast Album (1991)

Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies?  August's episode has Married super-cool duo Lee Liebeskind (Spring Awakening) and Megan Reichelt (The Scarlet Pimpernel) join Patrick and his super-cool ladywife Kelley to talk about The Muppet Movie (1979) the super-coolest movie of all time. Seriously, it's so good you guys.

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Sep 18 2019

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Rank #12: Clare Carys O'Connell / You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - The Broadway Musical (1999)

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Clare has appeared in some of the top theatres in DC and Baltimore. Which wouldn't be so remarkable except for the fact that she's nine-years-old!

Topics Include: auditioning, forgetting to breathe, pretending to drive a car, and loving what you're doing.

Featured Recording: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - The Broadway Musical (1999)

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Join us on PATREON to get our patrons-only podcast The Original Cast at the Movies? This month Roddy Flynn, Kari Ginsburg, and I begin our year-long mission to cover all 4 theatrical film versions of A Star is Born. And we start with at the beginning in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. It's not a musical but it will be!

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Apr 01 2020

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Rank #13: Bonnie Milligan / Thoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002)

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Broadway's Belting Bonnie herself is here to talk about the show that put Sutton Foster on the map in a big way.

Topics include: Michigan one-light towns, Out of Town vs. Previews, stage door madness, and tap-dancing elevators.

Featured recordings: Thoroughly Modern Millie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) • A Gilbert & Sullivan Gallery - The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (1993) • Head Over Heels - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2018)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

This episode was recorded at Broadway Records. Go to BroadwayRecords.com to view and shop from their extensive catalog of cast albums, solo albums, and live recordings.

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?  May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 12 2019

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Rank #14: Rachel Barlaam / Legally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

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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.

Featured recordings: Legally Blonde - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2007)

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? 1965) talking about the Disney/Rodgers & Hammerstein TV event starring Whitney Houston and Brandy: Cinderella (1997).

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Feb 27 2019

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Rank #15: Beth Amann / Wicked - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

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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 15 2017

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Rank #16: IT'S THE TONYS!!!!

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The Tony Awards are this Sunday! So we've got Don Mike Mendoza (Hot MikadoDo I Hear a Waltz?, It's the Tonys!) and Roddy Flynn (Anyone Can Whistle, It's the Tonys!, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) and the essence of Kari Ginsburg (Gypsy, It's the Tonys!!, It's the Tonys!!!) here to talk about the TONYS!!!!

We go through the nominees, talk about this year in theatre, and predict our winners.

Topics include: Is it the right year for a musical version of Tootsie? Did the old guard keep Be More Chill out? Was Ben Brantley's King Kong review wonderful or a complete abdication of professional responsibility on the part of The New York Times? How old does Roddy think Cher and Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton are? And does Don Mike need any of this?

Featured recording: 2019 Tony Award Season - Broadway Records (2019)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

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?  May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 05 2019

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Rank #17: Jensen Clifford / The Book of Mormon - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)

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For a musical about the nature of religious belief and musical theatre storytelling, you'll be shocked to discover that Patrick and Jensen talk almost exclusively about the nature of religious belief and musical theatre storytelling.

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Featured recordings: THE BOOK OF MORMON - The Original Broadway Cast Recording (2011)FROZEN - An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack (2013)TURTLENECK & CHAIN - The Lonely Island (2011)

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Jan 04 2017

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Rank #18: Jon Rubin / The Last Five Years - Original Cast Recording (2002)

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Flying V Theatre’s managing director Jon Rubin is here to talk about one of the most heartbreaking musicals ever written. Topics include: inter-faith relationships, Tu BiShvat, and isn’t Jamie the worst for cheating on Cathy? I mean, oh my God, what he did is completely unforgivable and don’t even get me started on “The Schmuel Song.”

Featured recordings: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Original Cast Recording (2002)SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD - World Premiere Recording (1997)PARADE - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1999)

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Nov 23 2016

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Rank #19: Bryan Plofsky / Seussical - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2000)

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The Official Broadwaysted! Podcast's Bryan Plofsky says what he says and means what he meant. And he likes this musical one thousand percent!

Topics include: Eric Idle, being better than you need to be, and who is the host of this podcast, anyway?

Featured recordings: Suessical - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2000) • Ragtime - Original Broadway Cast Recording (1998)

Ready to put the work in artwork? Check out friend of the podcast Danielle Mohlman’s online interactive series Crafting Your Artistic Handbook. By the end of this six-week class, you’ll have: a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth, an accountability process designed to help you reach your goals, and a sustainable documentation method designed to grow and change as you do. Register and learn more at bit.ly/originalcastfriend. Use the code ORIGINAL at checkout for 20% off.

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?  May's episode features Eric Messner (The Who's Tommy) and Emily Zickler (Sweeney Todd, et al.) discussing The Monkees' feature film Head (1968) written by Jack Nicholson. Any more details would make no sense.

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Jun 26 2019

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Rank #20: Eric Messner / The Who's Tommy - Original Cast Recording (1993)

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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 25 2016

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