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Wicked / Original Broadway Cast

Release Date: 12/16/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000168202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Stephen Schwartz
Performer:  Manuel HerreraWilliam YoumansChristopher FitzgeraldIdina Menzel,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Principal cast includes: Kristin Chenowith (Galinda, Glinda); Sean McCourt (Witch's Father); Cristy Candler (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.
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
Read more Elphaba (Idina Menzel), who eventually becomes the Wicked Witch, and Glinda (Kristin Chenoweth), the Good Witch.
The dramatic, horn-laden "No One Mourns the Wicked" starts the story in striking fashion, with the death of the ruby-slipper-wearing Wicked Witch. As Glinda appears, Elphaba's backstory begins, leading to jaunty numbers like "Popular" and "Defying Gravity," as well as ballads such as "I'm Not That Girl" and "For Good," with Menzel and Chenoweth showing off their substantial vocal chops. Adding to the boisterous energy is musical theater veteran Joel Grey, who brings a bit of Broadway's past to his role as the Wizard. Read less

Works on This Recording

Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
Performer:  Manuel Herrera (Voice), William Youmans (Voice), Christopher Fitzgerald (Voice),
Idina Menzel (Voice), Cristy Candler (Voice), Kristin Chenowith (Voice),
Sean McCourt (Voice), Jan Neuberger (Voice), Michelle Federer (Voice),
Carole Shelley (Voice), Joel Grey (Voice), Norbert Leo Butz (Voice)
Written: 2003; USA 

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