Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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From the famed composer Stephen Schwartz comes the musical fantasy Wicked, starring the effervescent Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, and Joel Grey. An inspired reimagining of the relationship between two characters from The Wizard of Oz -- the good witch Glinda and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West -- Wicked makes the most of the outsizeSee more details below

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From the famed composer Stephen Schwartz comes the musical fantasy Wicked, starring the effervescent Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, and Joel Grey. An inspired reimagining of the relationship between two characters from The Wizard of Oz -- the good witch Glinda and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West -- Wicked makes the most of the outsize talents of its compser and its star performers.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although best remembered for the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's series of early 20th century novels about the fairyland Oz have inspired a number of theatrical and cinematic adaptations, beginning with a Broadway musical version of The Wizard of Oz for which Baum himself provided the libretto and lyrics that opened in 1903, only three years after the first publication of the initial book, and including the 1975 all-black Broadway musical The Wiz. In an era rife with sequels and "prequels" to successful properties that has reached back retroactively to include authorized and unauthorized re-imaginings of works such as Gone with the Wind, Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West purported to depict the back story of the villainess of The Wizard of Oz and her counterpart, Glinda the Good. Of course, Maguire's retelling was a revisionist interpretation in which the Wicked Witch turned out to be a misunderstood character with lots of justifications for turning "bad" (one of them being prejudiced reactions to her green skin color), while Glinda was made into more of a goody-goody than actually good, not to mention being something of a dumb-blonde cheerleader type. Theatrical composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) saw the obvious stage possibilities, and his musical version, Wicked, opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003. In the adaptation, Glinda's role has been beefed up, the better to employ the talents of Tony-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, though the story still primarily concerns the young Wicked Witch (Idina Menzel), with Broadway veteran Joel Grey as the Wizard, and the story line has been softened, the better to attract a young audience conditioned by the Disney hits Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. On disc, the score will have a familiar sound to anyone who knows previous Schwartz efforts and their combination of traditional show music with '70s-style soft rock music and choral music. Soprano Chenoweth and alto Menzel are given very different kinds of songs to sing; Chenoweth gets the Broadway belting material, Menzel the more adult contemporary-type ballads. This is appropriate to the their characters. Glinda is superficial and showy, Elphaba (the Witch) so earnest that she is eventually embittered. The score is tuneful and the lyrics often witty. This is not great music, but it is craftsmanlike and certainly efficient for this somewhat questionable project.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2003
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602498613436
catalogNumber:
000168202
Rank:
2130

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Tracks

  1. No One Mourns the Wicked  - Cristy Candler
  2. Dear Old Shiz
  3. The Wizard and I  - Idina Menzel
  4. What Is This Feeling?  - Kristin Chenoweth
  5. Something Bad  - William Youmans
  6. Dancing Through Life  - Michelle Federer
  7. Popular  - Kristin Chenoweth
  8. I'm Not That Girl  - Idina Menzel
  9. One Short Day  - Kristin Chenoweth
  10. A Sentimental Man  - Joel Grey
  11. Defying Gravity  - Kristin Chenoweth
  12. Thank Goodness  - Kristin Chenoweth
  13. Wonderful  - Idina Menzel
  14. I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)  - Kristin Chenoweth
  15. As Long as You're Mine  - Norbert Leo Butz
  16. No Good Deed  - Idina Menzel
  17. March of the Witch Hunters
  18. For Good  - Kristin Chenoweth
  19. Finale  - Kristin Chenoweth

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole Shelley   Vocals,cast
Joel Grey   Vocals,cast
John Campo   Clarinet,Bassoon,Baritone Saxophone
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
John Moses   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Douglas Purviance   Trombone
Kevin Roy   Viola
Ann Labin   Violin
David Evans   Keyboards
Jon Owens   Trumpet
Maura Giannini   Violin
Manuel Herrara   cast
Greg Skaff   Guitar
Helen Campo   Flute
Eddie Korbich   cast
Victor Schultz   Violin
Idina Menzel   Vocals,cast
Sean McCourt   Vocals,cast
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals,cast
Tom Hoyt   Trumpet
William Youmans   Vocals,cast
Derrick Williams   cast
Alex Lacamoire   Synthesizer,Piano
Kisha Howard   cast
Corinne McFadden   cast
Christopher Fitzgerald   Vocals,cast
Stephen Oremus   Conductor
Adinah Alexander   cast
Ioana Alfonso   cast
Lorna Ventura   cast
Norbert Leo Butz   Vocals,cast
Cristy Candler   Vocals,cast
Kristy Cates   cast
Melissa Bell Chait   cast
Marcus Choi   cast
Kristoffer Cusick   cast
Kathy Deitch   cast
Kelly Dent   French Horn
Melissa Fahn   cast
Michelle Federer   Vocals,cast
Rhett G. George   cast
Kristen Leigh Gorski   cast
Christian Hebel   Concert Master
Victor Heifets   Violin
Laura Sherman   Harp
Andrew Palermo   cast
Wicked: A New Musical Cast   Choir, Chorus
Konrad Adderly   Bass
Wicked: A Musical Play Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jan Neuberger   Vocals

Technical Credits

William David Brohn   Orchestration
Frank Filipetti   Engineer,Engineering
Winnie Holzman   Text,Book
Stephen Schwartz   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Tony Meola   Engineer
Alex Lacamoire   Arranger
Olivier Delhaye   Art Direction
Jason Spears   Engineer
Stephen Oremus   Arranger,Director,Music Direction
James Lynn Abbott   Arranger
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer
Joe Mantello   Director
Gregory Maguire   Liner Notes

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