Great Big Stuff: The Essential Norbert Leo Butz on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
28 Dec 2013

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Wicked – Original Cast Recording
There's no question that Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's behemoth hit musical Wicked belongs to its two leading ladies, as created by superstars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and as played by every pair that's stepped into the show all around the world for the last decade. Without a doubt, though, the man to make biggest impact in the role of Fiyero was the originator, Norbert Leo Butz, who brought real complexity and heart to his performance. These qualities—and his musical, dynamic voice—make his cast recording renditions of "Dancing Through Life" and "As Long As You're Mine" worthy of repeat listening.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Norbert Leo Butz Onstage

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Norbert Leo Butz and Marcy Harriell in Rent
Photo by Joan Marcus