Wicked (musical album)

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Wicked
Cast recording by Wicked Cast
Released December 16, 2003
Recorded November 10, 2003
Genre Showtunes
Length 71:17
Label Decca Broadway
Producer Stephen Schwartz
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[2]

Wicked is a cast recording containing the majority of the songs from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Wicked, with music and lyrics by composer Stephen Schwartz and a book by writer Winnie Holzman. Released on December 16, 2003 by Decca Broadway both in physical and digital releases. The former contains a foreword and a short synopsis, provided by Gregory Maguire, who wrote the 1995 novel on which the musical is based, in addition to lyrics to those songs included.

Composer and lyricist of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, produced the album aided by Frank Filipetti, Jill Dell'Abate, Jason Spears, Justin Shturtz, Jason Stasium and Ted Jensen. The original cast album of Wicked was recorded on November 10, 2003, with the full cast and orchestra, at then-Right Track Studios and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City.

The cast recording has received positive reviews and has received substantial commercial success. It received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2005 and although initially peaking at number 125 on the Billboard 200 in 2003,[3] has since reached the new peak of 77 in 2011. The album was certified platinum on November 30, 2006 by the RIAA, but has since been certified double platinum, four years later, on November 8, 2010.[4] It has sold 2,439,000 copies in the U.S. as of February 2014.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stephen Schwartz

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Overture / No One Mourns the Wicked"   Kristin Chenoweth, Sean McCourt, Cristy Candler, Jan Neuberger, Ensemble 6:40
2. "Dear Old Shiz"   Kristin Chenoweth, Ensemble 1:26
3. "The Wizard and I"   Idina Menzel, Carole Shelley 5:09
4. "What is this Feeling?"   Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ensemble 3:32
5. "Something Bad"   William Youmans, Idina Menzel 1:39
6. "Dancing Through Life / We Deserve Each Other"   Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Fitzgerald, Michelle Federer, Idina Menzel, Ensemble 7:37
7. "Popular"   Kristin Chenoweth 3:44
8. "I'm Not that Girl"   Idina Menzel 2:58
9. "One Short Day"   Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ensemble 3:03
10. "A Sentimental Man"   Joel Grey 1:15
11. "Defying Gravity"   Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Ensemble 5:53
12. "No One Mourns the Wicked (Reprise) / Thank Goodness"   Kristin Chenoweth, Carole Shelley, Ensemble 6:22
13. "Wonderful"   Joel Grey, Idina Menzel 4:57
14. "I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"   Kristin Chenoweth 0:49
15. "As Long as You're Mine"   Idina Menzel, Norbert Leo Butz 3:45
16. "No Good Deed"   Idina Menzel 3:31
17. "March of the Witch Hunters"   Christopher Fitzgerald, Ensemble 1:30
18. "For Good"   Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel 5:06
19. "Finale: For Good (Reprise)"   Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ensemble 1:41

Notes[edit]

  • The reprise of "No One Mourns the Wicked" is attached to the beginning of "Thank Goodness".
  • "The Wicked Witch of the East", sung by Nessarose, Elphaba, and Boq, is a missing song from the album. Producers deemed too difficult to arrange for the album and thought the song would give too much of the plot away to an audience who had never seen Wicked before.
  • Short reprises of "The Wizard and I" and "A Sentimental Man", that appear in Act I and II respectively, are not included. This is mainly because they are not technically considered full musical numbers.

Fifth anniversary special edition[edit]

Wicked: 5th Anniversary Special Edition
Cast recording
Released October 28, 2008
Genre Show tune

A fifth anniversary special edition of the original Broadway cast recording was released on October 28, 2008,[6] with a bonus CD including tracks "Dancing Through Life", "Popular", "As Long as You're Mine" and "No Good Deed" from the Japanese and German cast recordings of Wicked, "I'm Not that Girl" by Kerry Ellis, "Making Good" – a song that never made the final show – by Stephanie J. Block, Menzel's dance mix of "Defying Gravity" and "For Good" sung by LeAnn Rimes and Delta Goodrem.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "For Good"   LeAnn Rimes & Delta Goodrem 4:15
2. "I'm Not that Girl"   Kerry Ellis 3:49
3. "Making Good"   Stephanie J. Block & Stephen Schwartz 4:00
4. "Solang Ich Dich Hab" (German: "As Long as You're Mine") Willemijn Verkaik & Mark Seibert 3:47
5. "Gutes Tun" (German: "No Good Deed") Willemijn Verkaik 3:33
6. "Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase" (Japanese: "Dancing Through Life") Li Tao & Company 7:37
7. "Popyuraa" (Japanese: "Popular") Miyuki Numao 3:45
8. "Defying Gravity" (Dance Mix - Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix) Idina Menzel 3:44

Deluxe edition[edit]

Wicked: Deluxe Edition
Cast recording
Genre Show tune

The 2-CD set includes new deluxe packaging featuring the show's 10th Anniversary artwork, and a bonus booklet with new, updated essays by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the novel on which the musical is based.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "For Good"   LeAnn Rimes & Delta Goodrem 4:15
2. "I'm Not that Girl"   Kerry Ellis 3:49
3. "Making Good"   Stephanie J. Block & Stephen Schwartz 4:00
4. "Solang Ich Dich Hab" (German: "As Long as You're Mine") Willemijn Verkaik & Mark Seibert 3:47
5. "Gutes Tun" (German: "No Good Deed") Willemijn Verkaik 3:33
6. "Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase" (Japanese: "Dancing Through Life") Li Tao & Company 7:37
7. "Popyuraa" (Japanese: "Popular") Miyuki Numao 3:45
8. "Defying Gravity" (Dance Mix - Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix) Idina Menzel 3:44
9. "Popular Song"   MIKA Feat. Ariana Grande 3:19

German Language Recording[edit]

Wicked Das Musical - Die Hexen von Oz
Cast recording
Genre Show tune

In 2007, the Original Stuttgart cast rerecorded the Wicked Album in German, ahead of the opening of the German Production in Stuttgart that year. The title of this Album was Wicked Das Musical - Die Hexen von Oz.

All songs written and composed by Stephen Schwartz

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Keiner weint um Hexen"   Lucy Scherer, Stefan Poslovoski, Emma Hunter, Francesca Taverni, Ensemble 6:42
2. "Gutes altes Glizz"   Ensemble 1:26
3. "Der Zauberer und ich"   Angelika Wedekind, Willemijn Verkaik 5:12
4. "Was fühl ich in mir?"   Lucy Scherer, Willemijn Verkaik, Ensemble 3:36
5. "Nicht ist mehr geheuer"   Michael Günther, Willemijn Verkaik 1:41
6. "Tanz durch die Welt"   Mark Seibert, Lucy Scherer, Stefan Stara, Nicole Radeschnig, Willemijn Verkaik, Ensemble 7:38
7. "Heißgeliebt"   Lucy Scherer 3:48
8. "Ich bin es nicht"   Willemijn Verkaik 3:02
9. "Nur ein Tag"   Lucy Scherer, Willemijn Verkaik, Ensemble 3:05
10. "Ein seelenvoller Mann"   Carlo Lauber 1:18
11. "Frei und Schwerelos"   Lucy Scherer, Willemijn Verkaik, Ensemble 6:00
12. "Wie herrlich"   Lucy Scherer, Angelika Wedekind, Ensemble 6:25
13. "Wundervoll"   Carlo Lauber, Willemijn Verkaik 5:00
14. "Ich bin es nicht (Reprise)"   Lucy Scherer 0:52
15. "Solang ich dich hab"   Willemijn Verkaik & Mark Seibert 3:48
16. "Gutes tun"   Willemijn Verkaik 3:33
17. "Marsch der Hexenjäger"   Stefan Stara, Ensemble 1:33
18. "Wie ich bin"   Lucy Scherer, Willemijn Verkaik 5:10
19. "Finale"   Lucy Scherer, Willemijn Verkaik, Ensemble 1:42

Singles[edit]

In 2007, Idina Menzel re-recorded "Defying Gravity" as a solo version and released it as a single.

Kerry Ellis recorded rock versions of the songs "Defying Gravity" and "I'm Not That Girl" for her 2008 album Wicked in Rock, produced by Queen's guitarist, Brian May.

Julia Murney recorded "I'm Not That Girl" for her album, I'm Not Waiting (2006). She recorded this particular song because she deemed it one song of the entire musical "that had nothing to do with flying or wizards".[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2003 US Billboard 200 125[3]
2004 77[9]
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[9]
2007 German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 67
2008 Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 73
2009 US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[9] 3
2012 US Billboard 200[9] 71
US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[9] 3
2013 South Korean Albums (Gaon Music Chart)[12] 4
South Korean International Albums (Gaon Music Chart)[13] 1
US Billboard 200[9] 66
US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[9] 3
"—" indicates that the peak position on that chart is unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Wicked: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Original Broadway Cast Recording. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Frascella, Lawerence (January 9, 2004). Wicked Review. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Wicked: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Original Broadway Cast". Nielsen SoundScan. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "WICKED Cast Album Goes Double Platinum". BroadwayWorld.com. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Paul Grein. "Chart Watch: Taylor Swift Is 4 For 4 (Million)". Yahoo Music. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Wicked' Music" musicalschwartz.com, accessed August 29, 2011
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (2008-09-26). "Anniversary Edition of Wicked CD to Feature Bonus Tracks by Rimes, Goodrem and Menzel". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew."Diva Talk: Chatting with Wicked's Julia Murney Plus News of Peters and Skinner" playbill.com, March 17, 2006
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Wicked: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Original Broadway Cast Recording - Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Musical - WICKED - DIE HEXEN VON OZ [ORIGINALVERSION DES DEUTSCHEN MUSICALS"] (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 2013년 11월 5주차" (in Korean). November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 2013년 11월 5주차" (in Korean). November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.