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THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread

OharaFosseWolfe888
#25THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/14/24 at 4:28pm

It is definitely the arrangement of No Bad News, I remember being truly baffled in the theatre when I heard it. It does nothing for the song, Melody, or the story. Confusing for such an actor with such a stunning voice! And such a classic number in The Wiz, just odd.

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MikeInTheDistrict
#26THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/14/24 at 4:33pm

The singing is great. The arrangements go a bit off the rails towards the ends of songs for my taste, although it kind of works in "No Bad News" which is supposed to be over-the-top. Updated On: 6/14/24 at 04:33 PM

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WithoutATrace
#27THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/14/24 at 5:00pm

"I still think it’s criminal they didn’t record the Emerald City sequence, it’s some of the best music in the whole show"

This was one of the main reasons why I was excited to hear this album. Supremely disappointing that it was not recorded. Loved that Act 2 opening.

QueenTwinnied
#28THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/14/24 at 7:01pm

OharaFosseWolfe888 said: "It is definitely the arrangement of No Bad News, I remember being truly baffled in the theatre when I heard it. It does nothing for the song, Melody, or the story. Confusing for such an actor with such a stunning voice! And such a classic number in The Wiz, just odd."

Same. I’ve heard Mabel’s version my whole life and was genuinely confused when the song started. 

Rentaholic2
#29THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/16/24 at 5:45am

This cast recording just makes me wish all the more that The Wiz LIVE! had transferred as planned. I prefer the arrangements in that production almost track-for-track. And nobody seemed to have the same complaints about the direction and production design that have plagued this revival. 

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GiantsInTheSky2
#30THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/16/24 at 5:35pm

The vinyl drops two days before the Broadway run closes. Looks like I’ll be re-stage dooring to get it signed! 


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EDSOSLO858
#31THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/19/24 at 2:31pm

I didn’t know that cast recordings could also have the ability to take you to church, and if it really did, this Wiz would be an example of one.

This is one of the best-sung musicals on Broadway right now, the cast mastering every entry in the soul voice thesaurus. They’re helped out a lot by some exuberant new orchestrations (by Joseph Joubert). Not a weak link in the vocal department, I thought each principal actor I heard was better than the last. 

The beloved score has been brought to new heights. “You Can’t Win” handily bests the MJ version. 

For a record label that doesn’t exactly specialize in cast albums, I thought Interscope stepped up their mixing job considerably compared to last year’s Parade. Impressive.

I can only hope the physical production isn’t as schlocky as some of us think if I make it out to the Marquis this summer. 

 


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Updated On: 6/19/24 at 02:31 PM

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Scarywarhol
#32THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 6/19/24 at 2:41pm

The cast is vocally talented, but these arrangements are mystifying and sloggy. Can't see the original album leaving my regular rotation, though I wish it was streaming. 

silent
#33THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/2/24 at 10:26pm

I’be played this album so much that I’ve now gained an appreciation for Melody’s version of No Bad News. 
 

Be A Lion is such a standout that I understand why it’s the top streamed song on Spotify. 

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Broadway Flash
#34THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/11/24 at 5:20pm

Finally saw the show yesterday matinee, it was dreadful. The worst thing of all was how different it sounds from the brilliant original.  Why on earth did they change it?? The orchestra sounded white as hell.  As soon as the overture started, I knew this was going to be rough.  It was giving generic contemporary band when it’s supposed to be funky, blues, jazz, soul, all gone. The score is the best part of the show, why mess with a good thing?  Nearly every song was totally different, just awful. It was as if someone came in and set out to make a worse version of the show.  The new modern sounds they added to it, unnecessary and not good.  I also didn’t realize how many buttons there are in the score.  I actually thought the best part of the show was at the top of act two during the emerald city dance. It was as if they were allowed to completely start over and do their own thing.  I don’t understand why addapearle is there at all if they have Glinda singing he’s the wiz.  I don’t understand the African landscape projection after brand new day.  The worst thing of all is that it’s not enjoyable.  It feels like a chore going to the wiz and picking up the friends as we go along.  The set, choreo, costumes, lighting, direction, sound, it is all wrong and terrible.  I thought Alan Mingo Jr did a nice job as The Wiz.  What a missed opportunity.  Mediocrity on Broadway

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GiantsInTheSky2
#35THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/12/24 at 3:57pm

Anyways - the cast performed at Broadway In Bryant Park yesterday and were fantastic! Anyone go? 


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jimmycurry01
#36THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/13/24 at 8:39am

I pre-ordered the CD, but after listening to the recording on Spotify, I'm considering canceling the order. The songs are slow, the arrangements blow, the liberties the performers take with the songs are annoying. I was hoping that, even if the show was poorly recieved, the recording would be awesome. Sadly, it is not.

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Broadway Flash
#37THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/13/24 at 10:16am

No because they messed up the score.  Both with new arrangements and orchestrations.  Even if they just stuck to what was on the page, we’d say, well it’s not a great production but it’s still the wiz.  Why mess with a good thing?

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uncageg
#38THE WIZ 2024 Broadway Cast Recording Thread
Posted: 7/13/24 at 12:09pm

Listened to it yesterday. I agree with the arrangements. Wasn't crazy about them. Vocally the cast is fantastic. If there is one thing I really don't care for is the inclusion of the Tinman and Scarecrow on "Be A Lion". Having seen the original production 3 times with Mills, it was a great moment between the Lion and Dorothy. For me, it loses something with the Tinman and Scarecrow. I also don't care the new "Tornado" music. I just feel like they took the "kick" out of the original score.

I have seen "clips" of the show and decided I might see it when it goes out on tour. After listening to this cast recording, I probably won't. But for those not familiar with the original production I am sure it is just fine. And evidently it is because it is doing quite well on Broadway. Just my opinion.


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