19 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

What started life as unlikely political metaphor and beloved children’s tale, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz became one of Hollywood’s greatest film musical landmarks in 1939, a cultural touchstone that’s spawned a virtually non-stop series of revivals and adaptations ever since. But Godspell/Pippin composer Stephen Schwartz’s 21st century Broadway musical version comes courtesy of a slightly more obtuse take on Baum’s story: novelist Gregory Maguire’s 1995 revisionist prequel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Schwartz’s shrewd formula of fusing traditional Broadway with MOR pop-rock gives Tony-winner Kristen Chenoweth (in the beefed-up role of Glinda) several star turns, while co-stars Idina Menzel (as the misunderstood title character) and Wizard Joel Grey light up “The Wizard and I” and “A Sentimental Man,” respectively.

EDITORS’ NOTES

What started life as unlikely political metaphor and beloved children’s tale, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz became one of Hollywood’s greatest film musical landmarks in 1939, a cultural touchstone that’s spawned a virtually non-stop series of revivals and adaptations ever since. But Godspell/Pippin composer Stephen Schwartz’s 21st century Broadway musical version comes courtesy of a slightly more obtuse take on Baum’s story: novelist Gregory Maguire’s 1995 revisionist prequel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Schwartz’s shrewd formula of fusing traditional Broadway with MOR pop-rock gives Tony-winner Kristen Chenoweth (in the beefed-up role of Glinda) several star turns, while co-stars Idina Menzel (as the misunderstood title character) and Wizard Joel Grey light up “The Wizard and I” and “A Sentimental Man,” respectively.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.4K Ratings
5.4K Ratings
deezzznutz ,

Iron

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18holliday92 ,

Best musical of all time

This soundtrack is simply amazing! The muscial is the greatest of all time and I can't wait to see it AGAIN. This soundtrack is played every week by me. I love, love, love it.

Joey Mclune ,

Interesting yet good

I have never seen a show with such powerful singing. The songs and the story have created such and awesome show. I couldn’t say a bad statement without thinking about for a year. The part that makes this show interesting is the lights and Act 2. Act 2 is good but not as good as Act 1. It’s less funny and joyful. Dark and scary here and there for my sons. However, that gives the show something to talk about when you are exiting the theater. I’m giving the show a four star for that reason. It’s a personal rating and I understand if you disagree. Thank you for those who made this a good show!

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