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‘The best Glinda’: Kristin Chenoweth reacts to Ariana Grande’s ‘Wicked’ casting

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‘The best Glinda’: Kristin Chenoweth reacts to Ariana Grande’s ‘Wicked’ casting

TRIBUTE. Kristin Chenoweth congratulates Ariana Grande for her new role as Glinda.

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Broadway's original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, congratulates the pop star for her role as the Good Witch in the upcoming 'Wicked' film

Singer and Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, the original Glinda of Broadway musical Wicked, congratulated pop star Ariana Grande after being cast for the same role in the upcoming movie adaptation.

Chenoweth took to Twitter on Saturday, November 6, to share how proud she was of Grande succeeding her as Glinda the Good Witch.

“From the very first day I met you, you were destined for this role. Congratulations @ArianaGrande! The best Glinda you will be with Cynthia by your side. I love you!!” she wrote.

In her post, Chenoweth shared a screenshot of a tweet Grande wrote in 2011, expressing “how badly she wanted to play Glinda at some point in [her] life.” She called it her “dream role.”

“Loved seeing Wicked again…. Amazing production,” Grande wrote back then. Chenoweth also shared an old photo of her with a young Grande.

Chenoweth also shared a sweet message for Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, who is directing Wicked the movie.

“I KNOW you will succeed. I’m so happy for you all. My heart is filled knowing you’re at the helm. Love you and we’ve never met. Just love you,” she wrote.

Idina Menzel, who starred as Elphaba Thropp alongside Chenoweth in the musical, congratulated both Grande and Cynthia Erivo, who will be playing the Wicked Witch of the West in the upcoming film.

“Congrats to two amazing women. May it change your lives for the better forever and ever as it has for us. So much love,” Menzel wrote.

Chenoweth recently joined The Voice as guest coach, where Grande currently stars as a main coach. The two have been very close friends, with Chenoweth referring to Grande as her “little mentor and little mentee” in an US Weekly interview.

“I’m older than her and I want her to remember the things I’ve tried to teach.… I’m learning from her. She’s teaching me a lot too. I think that’s the best part about a friendship, especially one separated by a couple of decades,” she said.

In September 2019, she also told US Weekly that she’s been plugging for Grande to snag the role alongside Dove Cameron. She said that either two is who she thinks is fit for the role.

The Tony-winning Broadway gem, which has been running since 2003, is a prequel to the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz film from the point of view of best friends-turned-enemies and witches Elphaba and Glinda. – Rappler.com