Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth to reunite in ‘Wicked’ special

Idina Menzel. Photo: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Sept. 27 (UPI) — Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth will reunite in an upcoming “Wicked” concert special.

Menzel, 47, and Chenoweth, 50, who originated the roles of Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will host and perform in “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway” on NBC, the network announced in a press release Thursday.

“A Very Wicked Halloween” will film at the Marquis Theater in New York and air Oct. 29. The TV special will honor “Wicked”‘s lasting cultural impact, and also feature Ariana Grande, Pentatonix, the present Broadway company of Wicked and other performs.

“‘Wicked’ is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire ‘Wicked’ team to celebrate the enduring success of this show,” NBC Entertainment EVP of special programs and late night Doug Vaughan said.

“We’re especially excited to have Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited along with big guest stars in front of an audience — in costume hopefully — to help us celebrate the Halloween season,” he added.

NBC confirmed the news on Thursday’s episode of “Today.”

“We are heading back to the magical land of Oz,” host Carson Daly announced. “Celebrating 15 years on Broadway. Very cool. A tribute concert.”

NBC Entertainment


15 years of defying gravity. Don’t miss A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway hosted by @idinamenzel & @KChenoweth – with special performances from @ArianaGrande, @PTXofficial, and MORE! @WICKED_Musical

“Wicked” is based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name, and features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical premiered on Broadway on Oct. 30, 2003.


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