Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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See What I Wanna See – Original Cast Recording (2005)

Michael John LaChiusa fans also got their Idina Menzel moment in The Public Theater's 2005 production of See What I Wanna See, LaChiusa's adaptation of three short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: "Kesa and Morito," "In a Grove" (the inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon") and "The Dragon." The cast recording preserves Menzel's recordings of the brooding and lovely "Kesa" and "Louie," as well as the scintillating title song.