Wicked (ocr) CD (2013)

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 256167063
UPC 600753467220
UPC 14 00600753467220
Format CD
Release Date 11/25/2013
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Author Original Cast
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Jason Spears; Frank Filipetti
Producer Stephen Schwartz; Brian Drutman (Compilation)
CatalogID B 001953402
Lable Name Verve
Released 11/25/2013
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 108m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00600753467220
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Lyricist: Stephen Schwartz.
Audio Mixers: Frank Filipetti; Jason Stasium.
Liner Note Author: Gregory Maguire.
Recording information: Right Track Studios, NYC (11/10/2003).
Photographers: Joan Marcus; Takashi Uehera; Tristram Kenton.
Arrangers: Stephen Oremus; 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
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Wicked: No One Mourns The Wicked,Wicked: For Good
2 Wicked: Dear Old Shiz,Wicked: I'm Not That Girl
3 Wicked: The Wizard And I,Wicked: Making Good
4 Wicked: What Is This Feeling?,Wicked
5 Wicked: Something Bad,Wicked
6 Wicked: Dancing Through Life,Wicked
7 Wicked: Popular,Wicked
8 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl,Wicked: Defying Gravity Dance Mix (Tracy Young Flying Monkees Radio Mix)
9 Wicked: One Short Day,Wicked: Popular Song
10 Wicked: A Sentimental Man
11 Wicked: Defying Gravity
12 Wicked: Thank Goodness
13 Wicked: Wonderful
14 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl (reprise)
15 Wicked: As Long As You're Mine
16 Wicked: No Good Deed
17 Wicked: March Of The Witch Hunters
18 Wicked: For Good
19 Wicked: Finale
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Wicked: No One Mourns The Wicked,Wicked: For Good
2 Wicked: Dear Old Shiz,Wicked: I'm Not That Girl
3 Wicked: The Wizard And I,Wicked: Making Good
4 Wicked: What Is This Feeling?,Wicked
5 Wicked: Something Bad,Wicked
6 Wicked: Dancing Through Life,Wicked
7 Wicked: Popular,Wicked
8 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl,Wicked: Defying Gravity Dance Mix (Tracy Young Flying Monkees Radio Mix)
9 Wicked: One Short Day,Wicked: Popular Song
10 Wicked: A Sentimental Man
11 Wicked: Defying Gravity
12 Wicked: Thank Goodness
13 Wicked: Wonderful
14 Wicked: I'm Not That Girl (reprise)
15 Wicked: As Long As You're Mine
16 Wicked: No Good Deed
17 Wicked: March Of The Witch Hunters
18 Wicked: For Good
19 Wicked: Finale
Product Attributes
Artist Original Cast
Label Universal Music Group

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