Grande will portray Elphaba — the role originated by Idina Menzel on Broadway — while Erivo will portray Glinda the Good Witch, made famous by Kristen Chenoweth.
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.”