Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
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/i>/i>/i>… See more details below
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.
- Release Date:
- Decca Broadway
- No One Mourns the Wicked - Cristy Candler
- Dear Old Shiz
- The Wizard and I - Idina Menzel
- What Is This Feeling? - Kristin Chenoweth
- Something Bad - William Youmans
- Dancing Through Life - Michelle Federer
- Popular - Kristin Chenoweth
- I'm Not That Girl - Idina Menzel
- One Short Day - Kristin Chenoweth
- A Sentimental Man - Joel Grey
- Defying Gravity - Kristin Chenoweth
- Thank Goodness - Kristin Chenoweth
- Wonderful - Idina Menzel
- I'm Not That Girl (Reprise) - Kristin Chenoweth
- As Long as You're Mine - Norbert Leo Butz
- No Good Deed - Idina Menzel
- March of the Witch Hunters
- For Good - Kristin Chenoweth
- Finale - Kristin Chenoweth
Performance CreditsCarole 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 CreditsWilliam 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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I loved this show! The music and lyrics are amazing! Idina totally deserved her Tony award! Everyone should watch this show in light of our current political situation too!
I grew up loving Wizard of Oz... but Wicked blows Oz out of this world! I saw the show in London and fell in love with the music, the characters, everything! I still get the goose bumbs when listening to the music. Defying Gravity is one the most moving performances/songs--it'll leave you breathless.
My sister fell in love with the musical "Wicked" after seeing it performed in San Diego, so I purchased the Cast Recording as a Christmas gift. I don't think she's stopped listening to it since then! The music is positively addictive, and the performances are exceptional. Kristin Chenoweth's performance of "Popular" is both hilarious and amazing. I was quite impressed by how clever the lyrics are, and the music is incredible. It's difficult to understand the storyline just from the songs, but that's only to be expected with a musical. The liner notes are filled with pictures from the production, along with the lyrics. I highly recommend this CD!
This CD has a stunning array of musical numbers from musical. The music is amazing, and it paints a picture by itself. I have seen the play several times, and I listen to the music quite frequently. The singers have amazing voices that really bring out the characters and make the story seem more real. Anyone who is a fan of Wicked, Kristin Chenoweth, or any of the other singers should definitely buy this product. This music is a personal favorite of mine, and it has songs that are uplifting and songs that are sad. Most of the songs on here are beautiful and perfect to listen to even if you haven't seen the show.
I absolutely love this album. I listen to it almost every day. I wish I had seen the actual show but this is close to it. Idina and Kristen are simply wonderful! An unbelievably addictive CD. And it was very nice to hear Joel Grey's unique voice. I'm in love with this CD and now I'm reading the book. You gotta get this!
I loved Wicked the book, so I thought I'd check out the soundtrack and I am so glad I did. It is a great CD; it has amazing vocals. I really enjoy this CD.
This CD is great; you feel like you are there, watching the show, while listening to it. The artists are beyond talented and protray their emotions and characters very well through the songs. There are songs on here that everyone can identify with in real life (Defying Gravity, especially) at some point. I am going to see the musical for the first time this summer, and ordered this CD to listen to the songs in advance. It was a great purchase and has made me even more excited to see it live!
Wicked should be in everyone's automobile, home, computer. Recommended to young and old. lessons to be learned. Good music to hear. Inspirations for the soul.
Close your eyes, lean back and you are...over the rainbow- all the way to that magical place we call Broadway!!! Nothing beats a great recording of the original cast ! Brava!
This show and this album changed my life! I especially love "Defying Gravity."
To anyone who has a chance to see this musical I definatly recommend it. I was there on vacation with my school drama and choir departments and it was FANTASTIC!!! Definatly see it, it gets me depressed when I hear the music on this cd because it makes me wish I was back at the Gershwin seeing this amazing show.
Just got back from Broadway and was fortunate enough to get tickets to see the musical. WOW!! Christin Chenoweth and Edina Menzel are OUTSTANDING!!!! This has my vote for BEST OF THE YEAR! The music of Stephen Schwartz has some great moments with wonderful voices. I(n the First Act of note are 'The Wizrd and I', 'Popular', and 'Defying Gravity' (listen to a couple fo these on the musical's website wickedthemusical.com. Some beautiful ballads in the second act. RUN don't walk to Broadway! This is a musical to cherish!
I can't wait to hear it all
Saw WICKED on Broadway with my 13 year old daughter and we loved it! Laugh out loud humor, amazing set. Songs are catchy and Idina Menzel's voice is powerful. We expected glasses to shatter went Chentworth hit the high notes. Can't wait to hear the songs in my home again and again!!
I saw this show in San Francisco when it was in tryout before opening on Broadway. There are some changes that I know of (Joel Grey is the Wizard now, Robert Morse was the Wizard in SF.) There is a new song that replaced another song from the SF run. Those things aside, this is probably one of the best shows to open on Broadway in years. Kristin Chenowith and Idina Menzel are fantastic as Glinda and Elphaba, respectively. Kristin brings a perfect combination of perkiness and attitude to her role. Idina brings a power that I never knew she had, to the role of Elphaba, a girl born green who overcomes that to become her own self. The songs are a great combination of power, fun, and, evilness. Just try to listen to Defying Gravity, Idina's Act 1 ending solo, and not come away humming the tune, and feeling warm inside from the power of her voice and the lyrics.
For those of us who have seen Wicked, this release is anxiously awaited. The show is great, the music superb, and the excellence of the stars-- Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel for sure--- defy description. Buy the book, buy this album, go to New York, see this show... and fall in love as so many of us have. This is the next "Best Broadway Musical" to be sure.
"Wicked" is an amazing show! The CD is great, and the songs are wonderful! "Dancing Through Life" is a catchy tune and is great to dance to. The Original Cast Recording includes Idina Mendezel, who played Maureen in "RENT", which is an awesome show as well. "wicked" also includes Kristin Chenoweth, who is amazingly talented, and I have met. She is a very nice woman, you should see her show. BUY THE CD!!!
"Wicked" is my favorite Broadway musical ever. This soundtrack is full of interesting and exciting music that will entertain you forever-and also has songs that are bound to stick with you throughout the day. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys amazing vocal talent, tantalizing musical features, and the essence of broadway music.
This is a fine cast recording of a great new Broadway show. The story is fascinating and clever, turning the Oz mythology on its head by telling things from the point of view of a sympathetic, unjustly-maligned "Wicked" Witch of the West, keying in on her previously unrevealed love/hate friendship with Glinda the Good Witch. (I do wish, however, that the CD included, as most cast recordings do, a synopsis of the plot, which in this case is rather complex with many characters---you will only be able to fully appreciate the CD if you have seen the show.) The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, triumphantly back on Broadway after his long-ago successes with Godspell and Pippin. The two stars---Idena Menzel (one of the original stars of Rent) and Kristen Chenowith (Tony winner for the recent You're a Good Man Charlie Brown revival)---are spectacularly good. Ms. Menzel has a powerful rock-tinged voice and a wonderfully emotional, touching approach to the role of the misunderstood green Witch. Ms. Chenowith is a 1000 watt Broadway baby with perfect comic timing and glorious operetta pipes as the vain but endearing Glinda. The high-flying collaboration of these two very different but complimentary female stars make this show uniquely enjoyable and exciting. If you would like a musical with a fresh new approach to a classic fantasy story, a catchy and dynamic rock/pop/showtune score, and perfect performers, get this CD (and then go see the show on stage, as I have three times!).
I've heard a lot of complaints of this show's score being the weakest part of the show, but even if that is true that doesn't wreck the performances. Every single song is not strong in this musical (unfortunately, a trait that follows in many Stephen Schwartz musicals), and yes, i agree with those who say that some songs just seem too long (The Wizard and I, Popular, Thank Goodness, Wonderful). And then there are the songs where i asked myself "Why even have it in the show?" such as Something Bad (HORRIBLE SONG) and I'm Not That Girl, a ballad that has no climax is EXTREMELY boring, Sentimental Man also is not needed. And the lyrics, though Stephen Schwartz has to make up words to rhyme, are much better than those in his other recent work "Children of Eden". But, even though there are low points on the soundtrack, there are some incredible songs that are delivered perfectly especially What Is This Feeling, Dancing Through Life, As Long As Your Mine, No Good Deed, For Good, and the best song in the show Defying Gravity. Idina Menzel has the most perfect voice for the part of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, and Kristen Chenoweth is equally as talented as Glinda. Both leading ladies have been outstanding in supporting roles (Menzel as Maureen in RENT, and Chenoweth as Sally Brown in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) and it is nice that they have the lead roles. On the whole, i think this CD is incredible, and i hope Wicked will go far as a show.
Wicked is so much fun to listen to! It's everything you would hope for in a musical, and it's impossible not to sing along. The incredible talents of Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and Joel Grey will leave you in awe. Wicked is truely fabulous!