Wicked [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Deluxe Edition]

Wicked [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Deluxe Edition]

by Original Broadway Cast

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2013
Label: Verve
UPC: 0600753467220
catalogNumber: 001953402
Rank: 6853

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Carole Shelley   Vocals
Joel Grey   Vocals
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
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Phil Ramone   Producer
Steve Sidwell   Arranger
Greg Wells   Producer
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer,Engineer
Jason Nevins   Producer,Remixing
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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