Why Ariana Grande Was Destined to Play Glinda in Wicked Movie

Good information, fellow Ozians: the movie adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical “Wicked” is coming and the cast is star-studded.

Pop sensation and coach on NBC’s “The Voice” Ariana Grande revealed that she’s going to be a part of the movie in an Instagram put up. Grande will play Glinda reverse Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The two main women congratulated one another on their roles with flowers and playing cards.

“The half was made for you, I stay up for sharing this musical journey with you,” Erivo wrote in a card to Grande, which the “Thank U Next” singer posted on Instagram. Grande’s card to Erivo could be seen on Erivo’s Instagram. The word reads, “Honored doesn’t even start to cowl it. I can’t wait to hug you. See you in Oz.”

Erivo is an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award-winning performer. She is greatest identified for portraying Harriet Tubman within the 2019 movie “Harriett,” for which she acquired an Oscar nomination.

Grande’s Adorable Backstory With the Original Glinda

Not everybody is aware of that Grande acquired her begin in musical theatre. In 2008, Grande appeared within the Broadway musical “13” when she was simply 15 years old. This was earlier than her stint on Nickelodeon or her pop profession.

During her first season as a coach on “The Voice,” Grande’s Battle Rounds Advisor was none apart from her good friend and idol Kristin Chenoweth, who originated the function of Glinda on Broadway. While a visitor on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in 2019, Chenoweth revealed that she first met Grande when she got here backstage along with her grandmother after a efficiency of “Wicked.”

Grande’s grandmother informed Chenoweth that her younger granddaughter wished to turn out to be a singer. Grande sang a bit of for Chenoweth who was shocked by her expertise. She gave Grande a magic wand to hold onto. Flash ahead and the 2 singers have carried out in “Hairspray Live!” on NBC and launched a duet collectively.

Chenoweth shared a throwback picture of her first time assembly Grande in a congratulatory Instagram put up.

Grande Has Always Wanted to Play Glinda

While some followers have wished Grande to play the function of Elphaba since her beautiful efficiency of “When I Meet the Wizard” for the Wicked fifteenth Anniversary Special, Grande has had her eye on the function of Glinda for fairly a while.

Back in 2011, she tweeted, “Loved seeing Wicked once moreā€¦superb manufacturing! Made me notice once more how badly I would like 2 play Glinda sooner or later in my life! #DreamRole.” In a 2013 interview with Kidd Kraddick, Grande happy the viewers by sinking snippets of “For Good” from Wicked to show she was a fan.

Grande even did a duet with recording artist MIKA in 2013 that samples Glinda’s track “Popular.” And did we point out she does an unbelievable impersonation of Chenoweth? She’s principally been leaving a path of bread crumbs (or ought to we are saying a yellow brick street) that she’d be enjoying Glinda someday for years.

When Will the Wicked Movie Be Released?

According to Deadline, manufacturing for “Wicked” will start in the summertime of 2022 within the United Kingdom. That means followers of Grande, Erivo, and the Broadway musical nonetheless have some time to attend.

Until then, you may nonetheless go see “Wicked” on Broadway.


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