Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Elphaba

By Playbill Staff
30 Oct 2013



Idina Menzel
Photo by Joan Marcus

Idina Menzel earned a 2004 Best Actress Tony Award for originating the role of greenified witch Elphaba in the San Francisco and Broadway premieres of Wicked. In 2006, Menzel repeated her work in the original London cast of Wicked. Her stage appearances include Rent, Aida, The Wild Party and See What I Wanna See. She will return to Broadway this season in the new musical If/Then.

Menzel spoke with Playbill about her experience in Wicked and the message it offers audiences: "There are a lot of messages. The two main ones — the story of the friendship of these two women and how they, through striving for truth in themselves, they really give a wonderful gift to each other and change each other forever. I think that that's important. I think that the idea that when someone's different from us, we tend to be threatened by them, and that we have to strive to look deeper than the surface. I think that's the other most important message." Read the full interview here.

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