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Wicked (ocr)
Artist: Original Cast
UPC: 00602498613436
Label: Universal Music Group
Genre: Original Cast Recordings
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Product Type: Compact Disc
Released: December 2003
* Not available - Not in print at this time *Annotation: Based on Gregory Maguire's novel of the same name, the Broadway musical WICKED creates a history for the two witches from L. Frank Baum's OZ books. Through composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz's emotive songs, the show reveals the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (Idina Menzel), who eventually becomes the Wicked Witch, and Glinda (Kristin Chenoweth), the Good Witch.
Additional Information
Weight: 0.26 lbs
Track Listing
1 Wicked: No One Mourns the Wicked
2 Wicked: A Sentimental Man
3 Wicked: Defying Gravity
4 Wicked: Thank Goodness
5 Wicked: Wonderful
6 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)
7 Wicked: As Long as You're Mine
8 Wicked: No Good Deed
9 Wicked: March of the Witch Hunters
10 Wicked: For Good
11 Wicked: Finale
12 Wicked: Dear Old Shiz
13 Wicked: The Wizard and I
14 Wicked: What Is This Feeling?
15 Wicked: Something Bad
16 Wicked: Dancing Through Life
17 Wicked: Popular
18 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl
19 Wicked: One Short Day
Release Date : 12/16/2003
General Description : Performer
Muze Genre-sub class : Pop Vocal
Number of Discs : 1
Running Time : 71 minutes 5 seconds
Performance Recorded : Studio
Misc Note : Principal cast includes: Kristin Chenowith (Galinda, Glinda); Sean McCourt (Witch's Father); Cristy Canlder (Witch's Mother); Jan Neuberger (Midwife); Idina Menzel (Elphaba); Michelle Federer (Nessarose); Christopher Fitzgerald (Boq); Carole Shelley (Madame Morrible); William Youmans (Doctor Dillamond); Norbert Leo Butz (Fiyero); Sean McCourt (Ozian Official); Joel Grey (The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz); Manuel Herrera (Chistery). Recorded at Right Track Studios, New York, New York. Personnel: Greg Skaff (guitar); Laura Sherman (harp); Maura Giannini, Ann Labin, Victor Heifets, Suzanne Ornstein, Victor Schultz (violin); Kevin Roy, Ronald Carbone (viola); Jeanne LeBlanc (cello); Helen Campo (flute); John Campo (clarinet, bassoon, baritone saxophone); John Moses (clarinet, soprano saxophone); Tom Hoyt, Jon Owens (trumpet); Kelly Dent (French horn); Douglas Purviance, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Alex Lacamoire (piano, synthesizer); Dr. David Evans (keyboards). Audio Mixers: Frank Filipetti; Jason Stasium. Recording information: Right Track Studios, New York, NY (11/10/2003). Director: Stephen Oremus. Photographer: Joan Marcus. Arrangers: Stephen Oremus; James Lynn Abbott; Alex Lacamoire. 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. ~ William Ruhlmann