Product: Vocal selections from the musical Wicked
Setting: Vocal line with piano accompaniment and chords
Composer/lyricist: Stephen Schwartz
Published by: Hal Leonard Music Publishing
Price: RRP £10.95
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The vocal selections of this hit musical from 2003 are a big asset to any female musical theatre performer or fan. The book contains all the great songs from show along with a section of pictures from the original production.
The music is printed with vocal line, piano accompanyment and chords. There is also a note from the composer in which he explains his choice to make small changes to the score when publishing this book. The changes are all to the positive, mainly eliminating interior instrumental or chorus sections. To my delight the duets from the show are still intact, making As long as youre mine, For Good and What is this feeling wonderful duets to sing.
To me, this is the best of Stephen Schwarts musicals. The style of the music is unmistakably his, with a pop sound and catchy melodies, just as in Pippin, Gospell, Children of Eden and his other musicals. But this musical has the best book by far, and the music has more depths than his earlier work, that sometimes can come accross as simple.
One of the differences in this show, compared to many other Broadway productions, is that it contains two strong leading ladies, and the music in this book contains all their great songs and their duets. The book comes in two forms, one with the vocals incorporated in the piano accompaniment, and one with a clean accompaniment. The second book (313268-H2) is my favourite, as it gives the performer a bigger freedom in the singing, but the former one (313267-H2) is the better for the less advanced or musically aware singer, as it gives the vocal line support from the piano. Any female performer knows the difficulty in finding good duets for two women.
This book is one of the two best books Ive found in this aspect! Together with the vocal selections of The Witches of Eastwick this book gives the female performer great possibilities to show more depths of character than in the average musical.
As Long As You're Mine
Dancing Through Life
I Couldn't Be Happier
I'm Not That Girl
No Good Deed
No One Mourns The Wicked
One Short Day
The Wizard And I
What Is This Feeling?
Product code HL 00313268
Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.9 x 1 cm
Songbook. Nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards and grossing more than $1 million each week, Wicked is this year's Broadway smash! A prequel to the all-American classic The Wizard of Oz, this new musical is a character study of Elphaba and Glinda, school roommates who grow up to become the Wicked Witch and the Good Witch, respectively.