Wicked (musical album)

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Wicked
WickedCastRecording.jpg
Cast recording by
ReleasedDecember 16, 2003
RecordedNovember 10, 2003
GenreShowtunes
Length70:37
LabelDecca Broadway
ProducerStephen Schwartz
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 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 66 in 2013. 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 2,670,000 copies in the U.S. as of January 2017.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Schwartz.

Act One
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Overture / No One Mourns the Wicked"
6:40
2."Dear Old Shiz"
  • Chenoweth
  • Cast
1:26
3."The Wizard and I"5:09
4."What Is This Feeling?"
  • Chenoweth
  • Menzel
  • Cast
3:32
5."Something Bad"1:39
6."Dancing Through Life"
7:37
7."Popular"Chenoweth3:44
8."I'm Not That Girl"Menzel2:58
9."One Short Day"
  • Chenoweth
  • Menzel
  • Cast
3:03
10."A Sentimental Man"Joel Grey1:15
11."Defying Gravity"
  • Menzel
  • Chenoweth
  • Cast
5:53
Act Two
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."No One Mourns the Wicked (Reprise) / Thank Goodness"
  • Chenoweth
  • Shelley
  • Cast
6:22
2."Wonderful"
  • Grey
  • Menzel
4:57
3."I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"Chenoweth0:49
4."As Long as You're Mine"
  • Menzel
  • Butz
3:45
5."No Good Deed"Menzel3:31
6."March of the Witch Hunters"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Cast
1:30
7."For Good"
  • Chenoweth
  • Menzel
5:06
8."Finale: For Good (Reprise)"
  • Chenoweth
  • Menzel
  • Cast
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 missing from the album. Producers deemed it 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
ReleasedOctober 28, 2008
GenreShow tune
Length34:30

A fifth anniversary special edition of the original Broadway cast recording was released on October 28, 2008,[7] 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.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."For Good"4:15
2."I'm Not that Girl"Kerry Ellis3:49
3."Making Good"
4:00
4."Solang Ich Dich Hab" (German: "As Long as You're Mine")3:47
5."Gutes Tun" (German: "No Good Deed")Willemijn Verkaik3:33
6."Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase" (Japanese: "Dancing Through Life")
  • Li Tao
  • Company
7:37
7."Popyuraa" (Japanese: "Popular")Miyuki Numao3:45
8."Defying Gravity" (Dance Mix - Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix)Idina Menzel3:44

Deluxe edition[edit]

Wicked: Deluxe Edition
Cast recording
GenreShow tune
Length37:49

The set of two CDs included new deluxe packaging featuring the show's tenth anniversary artwork, and a booklet with new essays by composer and 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.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."For Good"4:15
2."I'm Not that Girl"Kerry Ellis3:49
3."Making Good"
4:00
4."Solang Ich Dich Hab" (German: "As Long as You're Mine")3:47
5."Gutes Tun" (German: "No Good Deed")Willemijn Verkaik3:33
6."Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase" (Japanese: "Dancing Through Life")
  • Li Tao
  • Company
7:37
7."Popyuraa" (Japanese: "Popular")Miyuki Numao3:45
8."Defying Gravity" (Dance Mix - Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix)Idina Menzel3:44
9."Popular Song"Mika featuring Ariana Grande3:19

German language recording[edit]

Wicked Das Musical - Die Hexen von Oz
Cast recording
GenreShow tune
Length71:31

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. The German lyrics are by Michael Kunze and German dialogue by Ruth Deny, conducted by Sebastian de Domenico. The orchestral music conducted by Stephen Oremus and has identical musician credits--presumably the cast simply sung to the original orchestral recording.

All tracks written by Stephen Schwartz.

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Keiner weint um Hexen"
  • Lucy Scherer
  • Stefan Poslovoski
  • Emma Hunter
  • Francesca Taverni
  • Original Stuttgart Cast of Wicked
6:42
2."Gutes altes Glizz"Cast1:26
3."Der Zauberer und ich"
5:12
4."Was fühl ich in mir?"
  • Scherer
  • Verkaik
  • Cast
3:36
5."Nicht ist mehr geheuer"
  • Michael Günther
  • Verkaik
1:41
6."Tanz durch die Welt"
  • Mark Seibert
  • Scherer
  • Stefan Stara
  • Nicole Radeschnig
  • Verkaik
  • Cast
7:38
7."Heißgeliebt"Lucy Scherer3:48
8."Ich bin es nicht"Verkaik3:02
9."Nur ein Tag"
  • Scherer
  • Verkaik
  • Cast
3:05
10."Ein seelenvoller Mann"Carlo Lauber1:18
11."Frei und Schwerelos"
  • Scherer
  • Verkaik
  • Cast
6:00
12."Wie herrlich"
  • Scherer
  • Wedekind
  • Cast
6:25
13."Wundervoll"
  • Lauber
  • Verkaik
5:00
14."Ich bin es nicht (Reprise)"Scherer0:52
15."Solang ich dich hab"
  • Verkaik
  • Seibert
3:48
16."Gutes tun"Verkaik3:33
17."Marsch der Hexenjäger"
  • Stara
  • Cast
1:33
18."Wie ich bin"
  • Scherer
  • Verkaik
5:10
19."Finale"
  • Scherer
  • Verkaik
  • Cast
1:42

Personnel[edit]

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".[9]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2003 US Billboard 200 125[3]
2004 77[10]
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[10]
2007 German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 67
2008 Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 73
2009 US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 3
2012 US Billboard 200[10] 71
US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 3
2013 South Korean Albums (Gaon Music Chart)[13] 4
South Korean International Albums (Gaon Music Chart)[14] 1
US Billboard 200[10] 66
US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 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. November 8, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Paul Grein. "Chart Watch: Taylor Swift Is 4 For 4 (Million)". Yahoo Music. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Keith Caulfield. "Hamilton passes 1 million sales plus chart highlights from James Arthur, Maren Morris and Taylor Swift". Billboard. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "'Wicked' Music" musicalschwartz.com, accessed August 29, 2011
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (September 26, 2008). "Anniversary Edition of Wicked CD to Feature Bonus Tracks by Rimes, Goodrem and Menzel". Playbill. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew."Diva Talk: Chatting with Wicked's Julia Murney Plus News of Peters and Skinner" playbill.com, March 17, 2006
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  12. ^ [ORIGINALVERSION+DES+DEUTSCHEN+MUSICALS&cat=a "Austriancharts.at – Musical – WICKED - DIE HEXEN VON OZ [ORIGINALVERSION DES DEUTSCHEN MUSICALS]"] (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  13. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 2013년 11월 5주차" (in Korean). November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 2013년 11월 5주차" (in Korean). November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.