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on 17 March 2006
This is a fabulous musical, it is coming to the West End in September and I cant wait. Not only is it a clever plot (basically a prequel to The Wizard of Oz though so much more than just that!), but the music is incredible. Two really strong roles for female performers, many songs stand out. My absolute favourites have to be Defying Gravity & Because I knew you, though all the songs the Wicked Witch has are fabulous, well worth a listen for musical fans!
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on 11 January 2017
Bought as a gift so can't comment
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on 11 November 2016
sen on stage did not like it very much
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on 3 August 2005
I had never heard of Wicked until I popped onto Joey McIntyre's (ex- new kid on the block) website and found that he had played one of the leading role's in a new broadway musical titled 'Wicked' - I was intrugued and wanted to know more, so I checked out the official site for the musical and listened to some clips, just by the previews of the songs I was drawn in and wanted to know and hear more, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my sister who studies at Italia Conti was in a production of it here in the UK! so not only would I get to hear the whole songs I would know the story too! WOW it was fantastic and the songs are incredible so I had to get this CD immediatley! Elphaba (played by Idina) has one of the most amazing voices and I would of loved to have seen her play this part! all the tracks roll with effortless ease and some are truly beautiful like the finale song
This is a must have buy for all musical lovers or lovers of the Wizard of Oz
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on 18 February 2008
Yes, I said it, the title of a thousand reviews - "Wicked" is wicked!

But, in all seriousness, it is. I've seen reviews which have labelled some of the songs here as not up to par others from the musical, and from other works of Stephen Schwartz. I can now denounce those rumours with the cheery air that comes from listening to "Wicked" for the forty-seventh time. Every song on this album, except, perhaps, the lacklustre 'Wonderful' (although even that is good to sing along to when you're in a sing-along situation), is wonderfully addictive, from the cheerfully sinister 'No One Mourns the Wicked' to the insanely catchy 'What is this Feeling?' to the mind-blowingly powerful 'Defying Gravity' to the tender, heart-wrenching 'For Good' - I could go one with irritating comparisons and over-used adjectives for the whole review. Fortunately, however, I'm just going to leave you with this - buy this CD. Whether you've seen the show or not (and believe me, after this you'll want to) this is a great CD for all music/al lovers to have in their collection.
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on 20 January 2007
Well I'm hooked.

I bought this CD about a week ago and have not stopped listening to it since! Idina Menzel as Elphaba is extremely powerful and makes the wicked witch of the west into a truly believable character. The best track on the CD has to be Defying Gravity which I first heard on the Royal Variety and have been in love with since.

I think that one of the amazing things about Wicked is it's huge appeal to a wide audience. My family absolutely love this CD as much as I do. After buying and listening to the CD the first thing that you will want to do is book tickets to see the show in London! I did and cannot wait to go and see Kerry Ellis take the role of Elphaba. Joel Grey also makes a 'wonderful' wizard and even on the CD he plays the character amazingly. Another great song on the CD, 'One Short Day' really makes you want to step into Oz and go with Glinda and Elphaba as they discover the emerald city for the first time.

So what gives the CD such a magical appeal? I think that the wide variety of styles on the CD such as 'I'm not that Girl' and 'I am a sentimental man' greatly contrast to the brilliant 'What is this feeling'. It's the rollercoaster of different songs that I think makes this CD such a brilliant find. Also, the high energy nature of the CD means that you start on track one and listen to the end. An amazing start with 'No one Mourns the wicked' is soon followed up by Idina's first amazing number 'The Wizard and I' which shows just how powerful her voice is. From there on, the pace never stops and continues to a touching 'finale'.

Even if you don't like musicals as a general rule I would recommend this CD to you as a must have. Once you hear it you will be hooked!
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on 13 August 2011
I was dragged along most unwillingly by my daughter to see Wicked in the West End - a partial retelling of The Wizard of Oz sounded like a terrible idea to me, but I was completely wrong and instead absolutely fell in love with it from the first minute.

The songs are variously witty, funny, tender and inspiring (and amazingly all written by one man, Stephen Schwartz). There are in fact only a few musical themes but they are cleverly reworked and developed which really helps make it all feel well integrated (for example Defying Gravity and The Wizard And I, or the twist in the two versions of the haunting and bittersweet I'm Not That Girl). And songs such as the epic Dancing Through Life in which the main protagonists (Fiyero, Galinda, Nessa Rose, Boq and Elhpaba) each pitch in with their own contributions.

Wicked is musical theatre at its very best and this original cast recording captures that very well indeed.
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on 25 December 2003
Finally, a new, exciting, inspirational musical!! People who doubt the future and sustainability of modern musical theatre should get this CD and have all your worries put to rest. I love this show! Stephen Schwartz has done it again with this marvellous, emotional, soulful score, with some absolutely amazing songs, especially the beautiful 'Defying Gravity'. Kristen Chenowith is good, but completely upstaged by Idina Menzel - superlatives are not enough!! Menzel makes a very convincing Elphaba and sings the songs with fire and passion, her love duet 'As Long As You're Mine' with the gorgeous Fiyero (Norbert Leo Butz) is spine tingling!!If you like modern musicals, BUY THIS CD!!! You will not be disappointed!
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on 11 October 2007
i knew some of the songs before going to see the musical live in London, and i have to admit that at the break i was in tears (really! lol)
some of the songs that i didn't really like on the cd really surpirsed me live,esp Dancing Through Life!
i just LOVE this song now!
the cd is really great and the musical even better!! :D
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on 12 December 2006
I got onto the Wicked trail after a friend just mentioned it. Then i started seeing Wicked everywhere! I saw 'What is this feeling?' on children in need, and couldn't stop singing it, it was then that i new i was hooked! The songs are amazing, and the voices are spectacular. I'm a member of my local Amatuer Operatic Society, and if i could sing half as well as Idina Menzel, i would be going somewhere! She has an amazing, powerful voice, and the rest of the cast add to the enjoyment. I'm only 17, but this has to be my favourite musical, by FAR. Now i just need to so see it!!

Believe me, once you've listened to this soundtrack, you will be as hooked as i am. Buy it! it's well worth it!
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