The Original Cast Recording of the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked continues to break records. The cast album, which won a Grammy Award this year, is the best-selling CD in the genre since "Mamma Mia
!" and the fastest-selling original cast album since "Rent
.” Wicked, produced for Decca Broadway by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, is repeatedly on Amazon’s list of best-selling albums, and has struck a chord with audiences of all ages. With the first U.S. national touring company under way and a new second home at Chicago’s Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, Wicked is poised to entrance audiences nation-wide with no end in sight!
Chicago’s open-ended production of Wicked begins on June 24th starring Saturday Night Live
veteran Ana Gasteyer
as Elphaba. The touring company will initiate with an engagement in Chicago (April 29 - June 12, 2005) and then make its way across the U.S. with stays in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta and many more.
The album continually receives rave reviews from around the country. Elysa Gardner of USA Today stated that Stephen Schwartz “blends folk, pop and musical-theater influences with grace and vitality.” Entertainment Weekly called the album “lushly produced,” while Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle rated the album ‘excellent,’ adding that the orchestrations and voices are “dynamic.” Lawson Taitte of the Dallas Morning News says, “Judgment doesn’t really begin on a new musical-theater piece until the cast album comes out. The stock of Wicked went through the roof when the cast album appeared.”
Wicked’s original cast recording’s stellar cast includes Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth
(You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown) as Glinda, Idina Menzel
(Rent) as Elphaba, Oscar & Tony Award Winner Joel Grey
(Cabaret) as The Wizard, Carole Shelley (The Elephant Man
) as Madame Morrible and Norbert Leo Butz (Thou Shall Not, The Last Five Years) as the love interest Fiyero.