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 outsize talents of its compser and its star performers.
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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: 602498613436
  • Catalog Number: 000168202
  • Sales rank: 502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No One Mourns the Wicked - Cristy Candler (6:38)
  2. 2 Dear Old Shiz (1:24)
  3. 3 The Wizard and I - Idina Menzel (5:13)
  4. 4 What Is This Feeling? - Kristin Chenoweth (3:30)
  5. 5 Something Bad - William Youmans (1:44)
  6. 6 Dancing Through Life - Michelle Federer (7:33)
  7. 7 Popular - Kristin Chenoweth (3:43)
  8. 8 I'm Not That Girl - Idina Menzel (2:54)
  9. 9 One Short Day - Kristin Chenoweth (2:56)
  10. 10 A Sentimental Man - Joel Grey (1:14)
  11. 11 Defying Gravity - Kristin Chenoweth (5:53)
  12. 12 Thank Goodness - Kristin Chenoweth (6:22)
  13. 13 Wonderful - Idina Menzel (4:08)
  14. 14 I'm Not That Girl (Reprise) - Kristin Chenoweth (0:50)
  15. 15 As Long as You're Mine - Norbert Leo Butz (3:45)
  16. 16 No Good Deed - Idina Menzel (3:28)
  17. 17 March of the Witch Hunters (1:34)
  18. 18 For Good - Kristin Chenoweth (5:05)
  19. 19 Finale - Kristin Chenoweth (1:40)
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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
Dr. 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic music and lyrics - great performances!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What More Could Be Said

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful music!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thought Provoking, Clever, and Thoroughly Entertaining!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    I absolutely love this album. I listen to it almost every day. I

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Close your eyes..."

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it. One of the greatest musicals. wish all could hear it. literally"melts; the heaart/

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic broadway CD to sing along with any time!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    This is a fabulous recording! My daughter and I love it! She especially likes "Dancing Through Life" played on the way to ballet class! :) I wish I had seen this cast on Bway! <sigh> It's no wonder Ms. Menzel won a Tony for her performance! Kudos to the whole cast and crew!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful For Any Broadway Lover!

    This is a great CD capturing the original Wicked cast! If you see the touring cast, they almost fallow it to a T! Great sound quality, beauitful voices, this music just makes me want to jump up and dance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music

    PERFECT, Better than I expected, Very happy i purchased this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!!

    What else can I say it was simply wonderful. Wicked was the first musical to hold my attention from beginning to end and the soundtrack is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wicked CD is incredible!

    I saw the show and ordered the CD. Even though it was different performers, the CD is outstanding and even more than I had hoped for!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    Read the Book too!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Idina Menzel is a goddess!

    This show and this album changed my life! I especially love "Defying Gravity."

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Glass half full or half empty?

    I've listened to this cd almost addictively, and I remain an admirer of many things about it, including the performances - it's really more a show about Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Mentzel than about Glinda and Elphaba - the wit of the lyrics, the overall shape and meaning of the show. But the more I listen to any single cut, the less radiant it seems, and that's an experience that's the direct opposite of the experience I like to have, and have with shows of a higher musical and literary quality. I love the show, but I'm not sure how well it'll stand up to the judgment of history.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A masterpiece that shouldn't be missed!

    I love this album. The music is fantastic and I can't wait to see the actual musical on stage.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you can't see it this is the next best thing.

    After reading the book I was pleasently surprised to find that this went along with my ideas of how it should be. To bad this isn't out on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great soundtrack

    This is one of the best soundtracks I've listened to - great sound quality

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