WICKED Chat: Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel Talk Rumored Rivalry, Tonys & More
Original Wicked stars Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) reunited for Entertainment Weekly's "Reunions" issue this week. While posing for a hot new photo, the pair also answered some burning questions for the print publication about the show's history.
About the Tony Awards...
Chenoweth: I always saw Glinda as a supporting role, but the producers said "You got these amazing reviews.... You should be in Leading Actress." And I said, "Whatever - I didn't do this job to win a Tony." I had one [for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1999.] Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would win - but I was happy when my costar won, because that meant our show won.
Menzel: For a long time I was worried I was going to be fired, so to be recognized that way...it's still hard to talk about it. You don't feel 100 percent worthy, especially when you're on stage with someone like Kristin.
EW: Although they played best friends on stage, talk of a behind-the-scenes rivalry between Menzel and Chenoweth has swirled around Broadway circles for the past decade.
Menzel: We were like sisters, together constantly. Kristin and I have the ultimate, utmost respect for each other and admiration for what each of us can do. When you work together for a year and a half, you bite -- I bite my husband's head off nightly -- but we were real advocates for each other and tried to protect each other and stand by each other.
Chenoweth: We're very different actors and we don't see each other very often, but that doesn't mean there was drama. Are the Friends still seeing each other every day? Do Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow get together for lunch? They'll forever be linked and I"m sure they'll always have a bond, but they probably don't get to see each other as much as they'd like.
For more including a chat about the show's complete path to Broadway with Joe Mantello, Stephen Schwartz, Gregory Maguire, Marc Platt, Winni Holzman and more, pick up this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly!
Chenoweth most recently appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises. Her other theater credits include Wicked (of course!) and her Tony-winning turn in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Her TV credits include her Emmy-winning work on "Pushing Daisies", ABC's GCB and guest starring roles on CBS's 'The Good Wife and Fox's Glee.
Menzel is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as 'Elphaba' in the blockbuster Wicked on Broadway, and in her Tony-nominated role as 'Maureen' in Rent. Her other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in The Wild Party and See What I Wanna See at The Public Theatre. She will soon return to the Broadway stage in If/Then.
On Wednesday, October 30th, the blockbuster musical WICKED will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, a milestone achieved by only ten other Broadway productions in history. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.