Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production of The Wizard of Oz [2011 London Palladium Recordi

Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production of The Wizard of Oz [2011 London Palladium Recordi

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Released just two months after its West End debut, Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production of the Wizard of Oz is the accompanying soundtrack to the musical maestro's 2011 adaptation of the classic 1939 film. Its 25 tracks include all the numbers performed by the likes of Danielle Hope, the winner of the BBC talent search for the lead role of Dorothy, theater legend Michael Crawford as The Wizard, and Olivier Award nominee Hannah Waddingham as the Wicked Witch of the West. Wisely, the stage show Presario has opted to stick with all but one of the Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg compositions from the Judy Garland-starring original (only "If I Were King in the Forest" is omitted), including Hope's stunning take on "Over the Rainbow," the Munchkins' performance of "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion's renditions of "If Only I Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve," respectively. But it's the several brand new songs co-penned with former songwriting partner Tim Rice (their first major collaboration since 1978's Evita) that gives Lloyd Webber's 18th musical its own identity. The characters of Professor Marvel and The Wicked Witch of the West take their chance to shine on their first ever solo pieces, "The Wonders of the World" and "Red Shoes Blues," while there are added numbers for Dorothy ("Nobody Understands Me"), The Wizard ("Bring Me the Broomstick"), and the ensemble ("Already Home"), all of which are worthy additions to the duo's impressive back catalog. While the album unavoidably loses some of the impact (lacking as it does the show's spectacular set designs and special effects), it's still a hugely enjoyable listen which remains faithful to the source material while remaining a quintessential Lloyd Webber affair.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2011
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0602527701318
catalogNumber: 001569202
Rank: 126226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Crawford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herbert Stothart   Background Music
Richard Roe   Vocals
Terel Nugent   Vocals
Hannah Waddingham   Vocals
Madison Clark   Vocals
Zeph   Vocals
Jay Webb   Vocals
Paul Keating   Vocals
Helen Walsh   Vocals
Edward Baker-Duly   Vocals
Carly Meyers   Vocals
Danielle Hope   Vocals
Luke Johnson   Vocals
Ashley Day   Vocals
Edward Hayes-Neary   Vocals
David Ganly   Vocals
David Birch   Vocals
Chloe Hawthorn   Vocals
Ceili O'Connor   Vocals
Carrie Sutton   Vocals
Ava Merson-O'Brien   Vocals
Arthur Yamaguchi   Vocals
Archie Duffy   Vocals
Anna Woodside   Vocals
Amelia Crouch   Vocals
Adam Salter   Vocals
Adam Bracegirdle   Vocals
A.C. Garcia   Vocals
Tom Kanavan   Vocals
Wizard of Oz Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Stephen Scott   Vocals
Sinead Padden   Vocals
Ryan Gover   Vocals
Rory McMenamin   Vocals
Rebecca Howell   Vocals
Rachell Spurrell   Vocals
Oliver Roll   Vocals
Mia Jenkins   Vocals
Matthew Barrow   Vocals
Marianne Benedict   Vocals
Liam Wrate   Vocals
Joseph Wolstenholme   Vocals
Graham Hurman   Conductor
Florence Andrews   Vocals
Emma Housley   Vocals
Emily Tierney   Vocals
Emily Goodenough   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Harold Arlen   Composer
David Cullen   Orchestration
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Lyricist
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Jeremy Sams   Adaptation,Stage Direction
Paul Chandler   Vocal Editing,Pro-Tools
Graham Hurman   Music Direction

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