Principal cast includes: Kristin Chenowith (Galinda, Glinda); Sean McCourt (Witch's Father); Cristy Canlder (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.
Issued in honor of the WICKED cast recording's fifth anniversary, this 2008 special edition features a bonus disc of extra tracks. Highlights of the addendum include a stately pop version of "For Good" performed by Delta Goodre, and LeeAnn Rimes and an entertaining Japanese rendition of "Popular." While not essential, the release is ideal for WICKED's ardent fans.
Lyricist: Stephen Schwartz.
Personnel: Christopher Fitzgerald, Stephanie J. Block, Cristy Candler, Melissa Fahn, Corinne McFadden, Andrew Palermo, William Youmans, Ron Carbone, Melissa Bell Chait, Marcus Choi, Manuel Herrara, Lorna Ventura, Kristy Cates, Kisha Howard, Kathy Deitch, Ioana Alfonso, Mark Seibert, Idina Menzel, Joel Grey, Kristin Chenoweth, LeAnn Rimes, Kevin Roy, Kerry Ellis, Sean McCourt, Carole Shelley, Michelle Federer, Delta Goodrem, Norbert Leo Butz, Rhett G. George, Derrick Williams (vocals); Ira Siegel (guitar); Greg Skaff, Ric Molina (guitars); Laura Sherman (harp); Karen Karlsrud, Maura Giannini, Ann Labin, Victor Heifets, Catherine Ro, Suzanne Ornstein, Victor Schultz, Avril Brown, Katherine LiVolsi Stern, Katherine Fong, Ann Leathers, Yuri Vodovoz (violin); Ronald Carbone, Desiree Elsevier, Vince Lionti, Craig Mumm (viola); Dan Miller , Jeremy Turner, Jeanne LeBlanc, Richard Locker (cello); Helen Campo (flute); John Campos (clarinet, bassoon, baritone saxophone); John Moses (clarinet); Tuck Lee (oboe); Jon Owens, Tom Hoyt (trumpet); Kelly Dent, Theo Primis (French horn); Douglas Purviance, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Rob Mathes (piano, keyboards); Alex Lacamoire (piano, synthesizer); Stephen Schwartz (piano); Dr. David Evans , Paul Loesel (keyboards); Konrad Adderly (bass guitar); Gary Seligson, Taylor Hawkins, Ben Wittman (drums); Andy Jones (percussion); Andrew Barrett (programming); Adinah Alexander, Ben Cameron, Andy Pellick, Mark Myars, LJ Jellison, Kristoffer Cusick, Kristen Leigh Gorski, Walter Winston Oneil, Eddie Korbich, Michael Seelbach, Jan Neuberger.
Audio Mixers: Jason Spears; Frank Filipetti; Jason Stasium.
Liner Note Author: Stephen Schwartz.
Recording information: Allerton Hill, England; Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Shiki Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan; Studio 606, Northridge, CA; Stuttgart, Germany.
Photographer: Joan Marcus.
Arrangers: Stephen Oremus; James Lynn Abbott; Rob Mathes; Steve Sidwell; Alex Lacamoire.
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