Wicked (Ocr) - (Import CD)
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- Pop Vocal
- Show Vocals
- Original Soundtrack
- Stephen Schwartz
- Wicked: A New Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
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. [The Fifth anniversary edition features a second disc of bonus recordings by artists such as LeAnn Rimes and Kerry Ellis, as well as recordings from the German and Japanese casts.] ~ William Ruhlmann
- Country of Origin
- Decca (USA)
- 71m 5s
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] No One Mourns the Wicked
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dear Old Shiz
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Wizard and I, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] What Is This Feeling?
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Something Bad
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Dancing Through Life
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Popular
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'm Not That Girl
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] One Short Day
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] A Sentimental Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Defying Gravity
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Thank Goodness
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Wonderful
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] As Long as You're Mine
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] No Good Deed
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] March of the Witch Hunters
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] For Good
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Finale
- Studio / Live
- Universal Distribution
- Video Disabled
- Jason Spears; Frank Filipetti; Tony Meola
Anja, South Africa. 21 February 2015
Amazing soundtrack by the original Broadway cast!