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A modern musical masterpiece with two powerhouse leads.,
This review is from: Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast) (Audio CD)
Having just seen this a few weeks ago, "Wicked" blew me away. I wasn't expecting such a spectacular staging. Like any good Broadway musical, it taps into every emotion in the book, and with two masterful performances in the leads, the material is given every chance to shine. Even when the material is a tad weak.
The story, as the other 293 reviewers have stated, needs not to be reiterated. However, I was continually surprised at how clever and funny the whole thing was. It's ingenious, and like, oh, probably a million other persons, went out and bought the novel right away.
This recording is an excellent souvenir of the show. Like most excerpted cast albums, you're gonna miss a lot. Quite a bit happens between songs...
...the songs that floored me initially are all here. Idina Menzel is simply amazing. Having followed her career since "Rent" and her solo album, it's a joy to see other people finally discovering what the rest of us have known for quite some time.
Kristin Chenoweth is absolutely hysterical. Her phrasing and timing are impeccable. The two together are formidable...the closing "For Good" tugs at the heart strings both the first and the fiftieth time you hear it.
And yes, "The Wizard and I" and "Defying Gravity" are the two standouts, and rightly so. Yet I find the humor of "Popular" and "What is This Feeling" just as memorable.
I agree with one previous reviewer that the supposedly "weak" songs are only so out of context. Trust me...during the show, they're essential.
When you're dipping into this album for songs, yes you will skip to the big ones. But I implore you from time to time to "put the needle" at the beginning, and let it run. For this and many other musicals, it's an exhilarating experience.
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2009 11:41:36 AM PDT
Absolutely right on.
Posted on Nov 6, 2010 2:46:47 AM PDT
Can't agree more... except that, although every time I put the CD on thinking about certain songs, I ended up listening through the whole thing. As you said, I let it run... Every song brings back memories...
... and Idina Menzel is really the best!!!!!!! Envy those who lived in the States and can go to her live concerts!!!!!!!
Posted on Jun 5, 2012 9:30:21 AM PDT
Tom George says:
A masterpeice? Really? Hardly. South Pacific is a masterpeice, West Side Story, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, and Fiddler on the Roof are masterpieces, where every word, every note, and every moment are essential to the piece. Wicked is a pleasant musical, but hardly up there with the greats. Some nice tunes, a book that is serviceable, but there are many, many weaknesses. Glad you enjoyed it, though you should keep your hyperbole in check.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2014 5:43:58 PM PDT
William A. League says:
Knowing and in one way or the other loving each of your examples, I must disagree with your dismissal. The Book for Wicked was a master stroke of crafting and wit. In a way you're trying to compare not just apples and oranges but tossing in grapes, pears, and passion fruit. Example for despite Tevye's dry humor Fiddler on the Roof could never escape from the drama of the subject matter. South Pacific sorry to say I'm only familiar with the film but enjoyed that as well a light hearted love story. West Side Story who argues with Shakespeare?? But it carried the burden of the I want to be in America message. A Chorus Line also brilliant but not with the sheer fun of Wicked! BTW You forgot Chicago, The Producers, A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum to name a few..
Wicked! To it's credit Never takes itself seriously or lets it's audience do so.. it remembers it's roots in fantasy and by doing so becomes Fantastic from Glinda's early line about innuendo and outuendo to the dodo reference to the little girls dog.. Its Fun! yet despite all the fun and at the appropriate times for what is in the end a Masterpiece of a Broadway Musical Wicked! reaches out to our reality with reminders to treasure people, emotions, and yes love. Match if you can a show stopper like Defying Gravity.. or a heart tugger such as For Good..
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