Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will star in the ‘Wicked’ movie

Grande announced the news of her casting to her 274 million Instagram followers on Thursday with a carousel of photos summarizing her enthusiasm for being part of the project, along with the caption “Thank God.”

Pictured is the “Thank U, Next” singer on a video call with director Jon M. Chu (“In the Heights”, “Crazy Rich Asians”) and her co-star Erivo.

Grande also shared a picture of the flowers Erivo sent her, which included a note that read, “Pink goes well with green.” Congratulations Miss A, the part is made for you, I look forward to sharing this musical journey with you. ”

She also confirmed her gravity-defying next role with an Instagram carousel.

Among her posts was a bunch of flowers from Grande, with a note that read, “Dear Cynthia, the honor is not even beginning to cover it. I can not wait to hug you. See you in Oz.”

Serving as a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Wicked,” tells an alternate version of events in Oz before Dorothy’s arrival.

The musical, written by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, follows the misunderstood Elphaba, who later becomes the Evil Witch of the West. Grande and Erivo will play Glinda and Elphaba in the film, respectively.

According to the theatre’s news site Broadway World, “Wicked” is one of the most commercially successful musicals of all time, earning $ 14.8 million at the Broadway box office last year alone.
In a post on Twitter, Chu told fans of the musical to “Get ready for a match you’ve never seen !!! In pink and green !!!”

And it seems that the choice for the two leads is popular.

“Frozen” star Idina Menzel – who won a Tony Award for playing Elphaba on Broadway – took to Instagram to congratulate the couple.

“Congratulations to two amazing women,” she wrote. “May it change your life for the better forever and ever, as it has done for us. So much love. @Cynthiaerivo @arianagrande.”

Grande is no stranger to the “Wicked” world. In 2018, the 28-year-old singer who starred in the 2008 musical “13” appeared before becoming a household name, “The Wizard and I” for “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway.”

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