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Wicked: Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunite for 15th anniversary special


by Grace McGettigan
17th Oct 2018
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Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth are set to reunite for a special 15th-anniversary show of Wicked. The televised concert will be broadcast by NBC as part of its Halloween extravaganza, and is said include a host of celebrity guests.

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Idina and Kristin were part of the original Wicked cast when it debuted on Broadway in 2003; playing Elphaba and Glinda respectively. The musical, which is based on a book of the same name by Gregory Maguire, is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz. Through comedic and heart-wrenching scenes, the audience can see how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch came to know one another.

NBC says its 15th-anniversary special “will showcase a cavalcade of special guest stars to help celebrate the music and the magic of the show that tells the story of what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in.”

Photo via Idina Menzel on Twitter

A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway will reunite its original Tony award-winning leading ladies, who will perform and serve as hosts for the special. Additional guest performers include global music superstar Ariana Grande, multi-platinum recording artists Pentatonix, and the current Broadway company of Wicked, with more to be announced.

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In a recent post on Twitter, singer Ariana Grande confirmed she would be taking part in the production. Sharing a photo of the script, as well as lyrics to the song The Wizard and I, the 25-year-old said, “Honoured to be included in this celebration of 15 years of my favourite musical of all time. [I] wouldn’t miss it for the whole universe.”

Work has already begun on the production, with Kristin Chenoweth sharing a photo of herself with Idina Menzel backstage. She captioned the tweet, “Day one: Having the best time celebrating #Wicked15 and the story that brought so many of us together. Be sure to tune in to NBC on October 29th for a very WICKED Halloween!”

The show will be filmed at the Marquis Theater in New York City and is said to be produced by the original Wicked team; including the Tony and Emmy award-winning producer Marc Platt, He will be joined by Emmy award-winners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment.

Can’t wait until the 29th October? See Idina and Kristin in action below:

Photo via Wicked musical and insidethemagic.net

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