×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

4.9 184
 

See All Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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.

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2003
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602498613436
catalogNumber:
000168202
Rank:
151

Related Subjects

Tracks

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
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
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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

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
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!
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is honestly one of the best I've ever listened to. It hasn't left my stereo for over a month and I love it. I think anyone who remotely like musical theatre should buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO other show on the Great White Way can top Wicked. It is an AMAZING musical and I would do anything to see it in New York City. The first night I heard this cast recording, I played it at least twenty times (including when I listened to it when I went to bed). Idina Menzel is outstanding as Elphaba (her best role yet) and Kristen Chenoweth glistens like glitter as Glinda. As great as she is "Rent"(probably the best show on Broadway), Idina outdoes herself with "Wicked" and I definately think she deserved the Tony Award for this performance. The score is absolutely beautiful and the lyrics have moved me like no other show. I am sure that the show will stay and last on Broadway for many years to come, and maybe someday it will be made into an award winning smash hit on the silver screen. "Wicked" is an incredible, touching, and inspiring musical and I will never stop listening to this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i juts bought this cd AND I LOVE IT. it is so wicked awesome i love all the songs the singers have such great voices that fit their characters well :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Wicked", is by far the best musical since "Millie". I hope, and believe that "Wicked" will do very well at the Tony's this year, although I haven't heard the nominations yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wicked is by far one of the best Broadway soundtracks of all time. It won a Grammy! Not many Broadway shows have had that honor before. Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth are absoluetly fabulous. The show is amazing right along with its music. Top songs: "The Wizard and I" "What Is This Feeling?" "Popular" and "Defying Gravity". This soundtrack is incredible. Your mouth will reach the ground after getting one listen to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great score go see the play lots of twists and turns
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Wicked" has been nominated for the Tony's for Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor!!! WE ALL CAN SEE WHY!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't remember listening to a cd as good as this. It's awesome and I'm in love with it. I can't wait to go see the play!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought the music in Chicago and fell in love with it, so I decided to go see the show too. It was WONDERFUL!!!! I love Wicked and I hope everyone else does too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it! Love It! Love it! Need I say more...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Idina Menzel has a powerful voice!! I love the soundtrack for Wicked, Defying Gravity has to be the best song ever! Kristin Chenoweth is amazing!! Stephen Schwartz made beautiful lyrics and music. This is the best musical ever!!! Wicked Rocks!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
See the show, and then buy the CD thru Barnes & Noble. The two witches and Tye Diggs were superb!