December 12, 2018

Idina Menzel Gets ‘Wicked’ for Halloween

Wicked Original cast photo, 2003

Idina Menzel, who won a Tony award for best actress in 2004 for the “Wizard of Oz” prequel musical “Wicked,” will reunite with her Broadway co-star Kristin Chenoweth for the NBC special “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway,” airing Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Menzel and Chenoweth will host and perform several songs in the special, which will be taped at Broadway’s Marquis Theater, and will include performances by Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and the current Broadway cast of Wicked.”  Glenn Weiss, whose Emmy night proposal to his stunned girlfriend Jan Friedlander Svendsen was the evening’s surprise highlight, will direct.

Based on the novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the Westby Gregory Maguire, “Wicked” has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. It focuses on witches of Oz Glinda (Chenoweth) and green-skinned Elphaba (Menzel) and their rivalry-turned-friendship.

Menzel will reprise her role as Elsa from “Frozen” in the animated “Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which hits theaters on Nov. 21.