Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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Wicked – Original Broadway Cast Recording (2003)

The double platinum-selling Original Broadway Cast Recording of the mammoth hit Wicked is one of the most-played theatre albums of our time, and Idina Menzel's performance at the center is the voice that millions upon millions of young musical theatre fans are listening to while growing up. For all the dozens of actresses who have essayed the role of Elphaba, it's fitting that Menzel originated — and owns — the role. Just listen to the way her distinctive voice resonates character and personality while rising gamely to the musical tapestry and vocal histrionics of Stephen Schwartz's score.