Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel React to Ariana Grande & Cynthia Erivo Leading Live Action ‘Wicked’ Film

Published: Saturday 13th Nov 2021 by Rashad

With a slew of film and stage credits on their respective resumes, GRAMMY Award-winning songstresses Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo were undoubtedly the perfect picks to bring the TONY Award-winning musical, ‘Wicked,’ to life via a big screen adaptation. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the movie will see the ladies portray Glinda and Elphaba respectively.

While their fans continue to celebrate the news, the pair have found the ultimate support in TONY Award-winning actresses Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel – the original duo to portray Glinda and Elphaba in the Broadway version of ‘Wicked.’

Hop inside to see how they reacted to news of Grande and Erivo’s casting.

Just a day after the announcement broke, Chenoweth took to Twitter to congratulate Grande (as seen above).  When later quizzed about the news during an interview with ‘USA Today,’ the 53-year-old expounded on her elation.

“Obviously, they’re going to bring their strong vocals. But what I love seeing is the diversity. I’m going to bring that up because it’s very important that we we have two girls — both are wicked, and both are good. And I like that we have Cynthia, who is a powerhouse and will act the role. Of course, she’s going to sing it like nobody’s business, but she’s going to really put us there.

And I think Ariana, because I’ve known her so long, is Glinda she’s not going to be acting. And she can sing her face off. So at the center of it, that’s the love story, the two women. And I personally feel that they got it right.”


Her excitement echoed that of Menzel’s.

The live-action ‘Wicked’ – the conceptual prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – has yet to have an official release date attached.

[photo courtesy:  Blair Caldwell]

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  1. Are You Kidding Me? November 13, 2021

    Anyone who watched Emerald City, this is justice for what happened to her in that show.

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