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WickedWicked provides fresh evidence that Broadway needs a new, galvanizing musical direction. This lavish revisionist take on ''The Wizard of Oz'' may...WickedSoundtracksWicked provides fresh evidence that Broadway needs a new, galvanizing musical direction. This lavish revisionist take on ''The Wizard of Oz'' may...2004-01-09
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Wicked

Genre: Soundtracks; Lead Performers: Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel; Producer (group): Decca

Wicked provides fresh evidence that Broadway needs a new, galvanizing musical direction. This lavish revisionist take on ”The Wizard of Oz” may possess the visual poetry of a Tim Burton movie, but the songs – by composer Stephen Schwartz and lyricist Winnie Holzman (”thirtysomething”) – are a dreary melange of Disney and Sondheim. What the lushly produced CD does best is capture the play’s two star performances. As Glinda, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth glides effortlessly from ditzy-blonde comedy to thrilling operatic trill. But the real enchantress is Idina Menzel (”Rent”) as the Wicked Witch. Her voice is clamorous and ear-piercing – in a good way. It cuts through the fog of show-tune cliche.

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