The two stars shared Instagram pictures from a tearful video call where they learned they’d be starring as the witched from the Land of Oz. Grande will portray Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West — the role originated by Idina Menzel on Broadway in 2003 — while Erivo will portray Glinda the Good Witch, made famous by Kristen Chenoweth in the original production.
“Thank goodness,” Grande captioned her series of photos, tagging director Jon Chu — who will helm the adaptation for Universal — as well as Erivo and the @wickedmovie Instagram page. Grande’s photos include a picture of a bouquet of flowers with a card reading, “‘Pink Goes Good With Green’ Congratulations Miss A, The Part Was Made For You, I Look Forward To Sharing This Musical Journey With You. Love, Cynthia.”
Erivo captioned her pictures “Pink goes good with Green,” while tagging the same group. She also shared flowers from her co-star, with Grande writing on the card: “dear cynthia, honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. i cannot wait to hug you. see you in oz. all my love, ari.”
The musical is based on the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, which itself is a retelling of the 1900 L. Frank Baum classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
See Grand and Erivo’s posts below: