Wicked Soundtrack (5th Anniversary Special Edition) (2CD)

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Wicked Soundtrack (5th Anniversary Special Edition) (2CD)

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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 1970s-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, Rovi

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Artist: Musical
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.5 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0060251782776
1. No One Mourns The Wicked - Kristin Chenoweth / Sean McCourt / Cristy Candler & Jan Neuberger
2. Dear Old Shiz - Original Cast
3. The Wizard And I - Carole Shelley & Idina Menzel
4. What Is This Feeling? - Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel
5. Something Bad - William Youmans & Idina Menzel
6. Dancing Through Life - Norbert Leo Butz / Kristin Chenoweth / Christopher Fitzgerald / Michelle Federer & Idina Menzel
7. Popular - Kristin Chenoweth
8. I'm Not That Girl - Idina Menzel
9. One Short Day - Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel
10. A Sentimental Man - Joel Grey
11. Defying Gravity - Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel
12. Thank Goodness - Kristin Chenoweth & Carole Shelley
13. Wonderful - Joel Grey & Idina Menzel
14. I'm Not That Girl (Reprise) - Kristin Chenoweth
15. As Long As You're Mine - Idina Menzel & Norbert Leo Butz
16. No Good Deed - Idina Menzel
17. March Of The Witch Hunters - Original Cast
18. For Good - Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth
19. Finale - Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel
20. For Good - LeAnn Rimes & Delta Goodrem
21. I'm Not That Girl - Kelly Ellis
22. Making Good - Stephanie J. Block & Stephen Schwartz
23. Solang Ich Dich Hab (As Long As You're Mine) - Willemijn Verkaik & Mark Seibert
24. Gutes Tun (No Good Deed) - Willemijn Verkaik
25. Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase (Dancing Through Life) - Li Tao
26. Popyuraa (Popular) - Miyuki Numao
27. Defying Gravity (Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix) - Idina Menzel

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Wicked Soundtrack

Customer review by BasketballLady

5.0 stars by BasketballLady

I absolutely love this soundtrack. I am constantly playing it and singing along. I love musicals and their soundtracks, but this one definently goes to the top of my list.

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Customer review by wickedfan1

5.0 stars by wickedfan1

love the cd saw it in new york when it 1st came out saw idina menzel playing the wicked witch of the west really amazing good job really love the cd so much. saw her playing the wicked witch of the west about 4 times

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Customer review by RowdyRout

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My wife and I have really enjoyed listening to theses tracks.

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