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Wonderland [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical Wonderland, which opened on Broadway on April 17, 2011, is the umpteenth screen or stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, not that Carroll's name appears anywhere in the credits; when your work goes out of copyright and people don't have to pay you anymore, they tend to forget you ever did it. But the original author probably wouldn't have minded not being associated with this updating, in which his fantasy world has been located beneath the sub-basement of an apartment building in present-day Queens, New York, and Alice is a single mother. The dominant presence in the show, and even more on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical Wonderland, which opened on Broadway on April 17, 2011, is the umpteenth screen or stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, not that Carroll's name appears anywhere in the credits; when your work goes out of copyright and people don't have to pay you anymore, they tend to forget you ever did it. But the original author probably wouldn't have minded not being associated with this updating, in which his fantasy world has been located beneath the sub-basement of an apartment building in present-day Queens, New York, and Alice is a single mother. The dominant presence in the show, and even more on the cast album, is composer Frank Wildhorn. Wildhorn has gone on record wanting to create theater music that would rule the pop charts as it did in the middle of the 20th century, but he has always been a follower rather than a leader, and in his music for Wonderland, he often seems to be re-creating the pop singles chart of about 1999, as if this show has been sitting in a drawer for over a decade. For example, the big rhythm number early on is "Go with the Flow," which is a straight knock-off of Santana's "Smooth." On "One Knight" and "Together," Wildhorn seems to be trying to come up with boy band ballad material for *NSync. The short-lived, neo-swing trend of the '90s is evoked with "The Mad Hatter." And "I Will Prevail" sounds like something Bon Jovi might want to consider, or perhaps Meat Loaf. The inevitable "Off with Their Heads," on the other hand, is a pastiche of a '30s soft-shoe number. Of course, the real comfort zone for the songwriter whose one big hit was Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" is the adult contemporary ballad, and Wildhorn has come up with a couple in "Once More I Can See" and "Heroes" (though the latter also could have fallen off a Jewel album, completing the '90s nostalgia trip). It might seem that these different pop styles, in addition to being out of date, wouldn't necessarily work together in the same score, and they don't, really. The performers do their best to realize Wildhorn's vision; it's the vision itself that is dim. [Wonderland closed on Broadway on May 15, 2011, after 33 performances.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886978866929
  • Catalog Number: 788669
  • Sales rank: 19,185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:05)
  2. 2 Home (1:45)
  3. 3 Down the Rabbit Hole (1:08)
  4. 4 Welcome to Wonderland (3:27)
  5. 5 Drink Me (0:48)
  6. 6 Advice from a Caterpillar (4:22)
  7. 7 Go with the Flow (3:44)
  8. 8 One Knight (4:00)
  9. 9 Mad Tea Party (1:19)
  10. 10 The Mad Hatter (3:02)
  11. 11 Hail the Queen (1:58)
  12. 12 Home (Reprise) (2:09)
  13. 13 A Nice Little Walk (2:26)
  14. 14 Through the Looking Glass (2:42)
  15. 15 I Will Prevail (3:39)
  16. 16 I Am My Own Invention (2:51)
  17. 17 Off with Their Heads (3:00)
  18. 18 Once More I Can See (2:42)
  19. 19 Together (3:52)
  20. 20 Heroes (3:28)
  21. 21 Finding Wonderland (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Danny Stiles Vocals
Karen Mason Vocals
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Peter Reit French Horn
Darren Ritchie Vocals
David Blinn Viola
R.J. Kelley Alto Horn, French Horn
Roger Mahadeen Violin
Charles Pillow Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Laura Hall Vocals
Jose Llana Vocals
Edward Staudenmayer Vocals
Natalie Hill Vocals
Marc Copely Guitar
George Flynn Trombone, Bass Trombone
Kate Shindle Vocals
Janet Dacal Vocals
Mark Vanderpoel Bass, Electric Bass
Jason Howland Conductor
Joey Calveri Vocals
William DeVos French Horn
Mairi Dorman Phaneuf Cello
E. Clayton Cornelious Vocals
Heather Parcells Vocals
C.J. Camerieri Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo
April Berry Vocals
Tanairi Sade Vazquez Vocals
Nicholas Cheng Keyboards
Stefan Raulston Vocals
Jennifer Choi Violin
Ryan Link Vocals
Kurt Bacher Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Jennifer Wharton Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone
Jeff Lams Keyboards
Katherine Livolsi-Landau Violin
Lauren Lim Jackson Vocals
Morgan James Vocals
Adam Wolfe Drums
William Lanham Percussion
Wilkie Ferguson Vocals
Sae La Chin Vocals
Renée Marino Vocals
Mallauri Esquibel Vocals
Kirstin Agresta Copely Keyboards
Kate Loprest Vocals
Julius Anthony Rubio Vocals
Grady McLeod Bowman Vocals
Derek Ferguson Vocals
Daniel Willis Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Carly Rose Sonenclar Vocals
Technical Credits
Gregory Boyd Book, Stage Direction
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Jack Murphy Lyricist, Book
Kim Scharnberg Orchestration
Frank Wildhorn Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Kirk Yano Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
David Lai Producer, Contracting, Pro-Tools
Isaiah Abolin Pro-Tools
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Jason Howland Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Dance Arrangement, Music Direction
Ron Melrose Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Tammy Van Aken Packaging Manager
Elisabeth Ladwig Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Disregard the Editorial Review

    This was a great musical. Great costumes, acting, you name it. The songs are unforgettable. Did I mention that at one of the curtain calls Darren Ritchie(Jack) proposed to Janet Dacal(Alice)? Kate Shindle as the Mad Hatter was unbeatable, and I absolutely LOVE "I Will Prevail" It is such a shame that this musical closed. Some critics say that it 'didn't make sense'. Hello? Wake up and smell the mushrooms. IT IS BASED ON ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which, if you remember, had no plot. At least with this one, they at least gave the characters incentive. Buy this soundtrack. I promise, you WON'T regret it!

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