Wicked [5th Anniversary Edition]

Wicked [5th Anniversary Edition]

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One of Broadway's most popular musicals is honored with a special fifth-anniversary edition of its top-selling cast album. The new version includes the Wicked original cast recording plus a second disc full of bonus cuts, including pop stars LeAnn Rimes and Delta Goodrem in a new recording of "For Good." Also included are a pop version of "I’m Not That Girl,"

Overview

One of Broadway's most popular musicals is honored with a special fifth-anniversary edition of its top-selling cast album. The new version includes the Wicked original cast recording plus a second disc full of bonus cuts, including pop stars LeAnn Rimes and Delta Goodrem in a new recording of "For Good." Also included are a pop version of "I’m Not That Girl," produced by Brian May of Queen; Idina Menzel in a dance mix of her signature song "Defying Gravity;" and "Making Good," a number that was cut from the original production. Songs from the German and Japanese editions of the cast album round out the bonus material. Altogether, it's a must-have item for Wicked fans and collectors everywhere!

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602517827769
catalogNumber:
001212772

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian May   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Carole Shelley   Vocals
Joel Grey   Vocals
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Rob Mathes   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
John Moses   Clarinet
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Douglas Purviance   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Conductor
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Ben Wittman   Drums
Ann Labin   Violin
Avril Brown   Violin
Craig Mumm   Viola
David Evans   Keyboards
Jon Owens   Trumpet
Maura Giannini   Violin
Manuel Herrara   Vocals
LeAnn Rimes   Vocals
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Helen Campo   Flute
John Campos   Clarinet,Bassoon,Baritone Saxophone
Laura McGinnis   Violin
Victor Schultz   Violin
Idina Menzel   Vocals
Mark Seibert   Vocals
Taylor Hawkins   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Sean McCourt   Vocals
Stephen Schwartz   Piano
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Vince Lionti   Viola
William Youmans   Vocals
Dan Miller   Cello
Derrick Williams   Vocals
Alex Lacamoire   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
Kisha Howard   Vocals
Corinne McFadden   Vocals
Delta Goodrem   Vocals
Christopher Fitzgerald   Vocals
Stephen Oremus   Conductor
Kerry Ellis   Vocals
Ioana Alfonso   Vocals
Lorna Ventura   Vocals
Norbert Leo Butz   Vocals
Cristy Candler   Vocals
Kristy Cates   Vocals
Melissa Bell Chait   Vocals
Marcus Choi   Vocals
Kathy Deitch   Vocals
Melissa Fahn   Vocals
Michelle Federer   Vocals
Rhett G. George   Vocals
Christian Hebel   Concert Master
Victor Heifets   Violin
Stephanie J. Block   Vocals
Katherine Fong   Violin
Desiree Elsevier   Viola
Catherine Ro   Violin,Concert Master
Gary Seligson   Drums
Laura Sherman   Harp
Andrew Palermo   Vocals
Ben Cameron   Vocals
LJ Jellison   Vocals
Xian-Dong Wang   Violin
Walter Winston Oneil   Vocals
Jeffrey Allen   Bass
Andy Pellick   Vocals
Konrad Adderly   Bass Guitar
Miyuki Numao   Vocals
Stephanie Block   Vocals
Uikeddo Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Kristopher Cusick   Vocals
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Catherine Sim   Violin
Katherine Livolsi-Stern   Violin
Manuel Herrera   Vocals
Wicked: A Musical Play Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Willemijn Verkaik   Vocals
Li Tao   Vocals
Rhett George   Vocals
Michael Seelbach   Vocals
Vincent Lionti   Viola
Jan Neuberger   Vocals
Tuck Lee   Oboe
Ron Carbone   Vocals
Kelly Dent   French Horn
Theo Primis   French Horn
Kevin Roy   Vocals
Paul Loesel   Keyboards
Tom Hoyt   Trumpet
Andy Jones   Percussion
Jeff Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Brian May   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Glen Ballard   Producer
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Frank Filipetti   Engineer,Engineering
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Phil Ramone   Producer
Steve Sidwell   Arranger
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer,Engineer
Lawrence Manchester   Engineering
Winnie Holzman   Book
Stephen Schwartz   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Kris Fredriksson   Producer,Engineer
DJ Tracy Young   Remixing
Alex Lacamoire   Arranger
Olivier Delhaye   Art Direction
Stephen Oremus   Arranger,Producer
James Lynn Abbott   Arranger,Dance Arrangement
Ronald Sommer   Producer
Perry Montague-Mason   Orchestra Leader
John Lousteau   Engineer
Joe Caranno   Producer
Andrew Barrett   Programming
Yoichi Kohno   Engineer
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Paul Ford   Engineer
Gregory Maguire   Liner Notes
Steve Price   Engineer

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Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
ajunatnyc More than 1 year ago
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!
JUles60 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Gwyn More than 1 year ago
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.
Beazus5 More than 1 year ago
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!
bleached_black More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to hear it all
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
great score go see the play lots of twists and turns
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristin Chenowith and Idina Menzel are absolutely delightful in this charming adaptation from the book by Gregory Maguire. I have had it playing at my desk for about three weeks--the more you listen to it the more nuances you find in each individual song that make you want to go back and listen again and again. Such a great story plus a fantastic appearance by Joel Grey.