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Wicked [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Deluxe Edition]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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 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. [The tenth anniversary Deluxe Edition of Schwartz's original Broadway score for Wicked adds a second disc of remixes and German and Japanese versions of four of the original tracks. Includes Idina Menzel's 2007 "Tracy Young Flying Monkees" re-recording, new 10th Anniversary artwork, and new liner notes from Schwartz and Maguire.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2013
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 600753467220
  • Catalog Number: 001953402
  • Sales rank: 963

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole Shelley Vocals
Joel Grey Vocals
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rob Mathes Conductor
Steve Sidwell Conductor
LeAnn Rimes Vocals
Idina Menzel Vocals
Mark Seibert Vocals
Sean McCourt Vocals
Stephen Schwartz Piano
Kristin Chenoweth Vocals
Mika Band
William Youmans Vocals
Delta Goodrem Vocals
Christopher Fitzgerald Vocals
Stephen Oremus Conductor
Kerry Ellis Vocals
Norbert Leo Butz Vocals
Cristy Candler Vocals
Michelle Federer Vocals
Stephanie J. Block Vocals
Ariana Grande Vocals
Miyuki Numao Vocals
Manuel Herrera Vocals
Willemijn Verkaik Vocals
Li Tao Vocals
Jan Neuberger Vocals
Wicked Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Wicked Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Brian May Arranger, Programming, Producer
Glen Ballard Producer
William David Brohn Orchestration
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Mathes Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Steve Sidwell Arranger
Greg Wells Producer
Justin Shirley-Smith Producer, Engineer
Jason Nevins Producer, Remixing
Leon Zervos Mastering
Lawrence Manchester Engineer
Winnie Holzman Text, Book
Stephen Schwartz Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Kris Fredriksson Producer, Engineer
DJ Tracy Young Remixing
Mika Producer
Alex Lacamoire Arranger
Jason Spears Engineer
Stephen Oremus Arranger, Producer, Music Direction
Matt Bartram Pro-Tools
Peter Stengaard Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
James Lynn Abbott Dance Arrangement
Ronald Sommer Producer
Nick Littlemore Producer
Perry Montague-Mason Orchestra Leader
John Lousteau Engineer
Joe Caranno Producer
Yoichi Kohno Engineer
Joe Mantello Stage Direction
Paul Ford Engineer
Gregory Maguire Liner Notes
Steve Price Engineer
Oliver Delhave Art Direction, Original Design Concept
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