Tony Award winner (and Oscar candidate) Cynthia Erivo will play Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West.
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Erivo was revealed in November 2021 as Elphaba, the lead of the musical. The story follows as Elphaba, who was mysteriously born green, travels to Shiz University and is forced to room with Glinda, her polar opposite in every way. The 2 girls create a strong friendship that is checked by the dubious political environment in Oz, and their particular aspirations.
“It’s really, really interesting. It’s really cool. It seems like it may be the role of a life time,” Erivo said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Might 2022.
Erivo is no stranger to musicals, with a Tony Award under her belt for “The Color Purple,” along with functions in “The Last Five Years,” “How to Succeed in Service Without Truly Trying,” and more.Erivo likewise got a Grammy nomination for her tune “Stand” from the film “Harriet,” in which she played Harriet Tubman. She earned Oscar nominations for her efficiency as Tubman and for “Stand,” too.