"The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz": Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth Look Back at Wicked Ten Years Later

By Michael Gioia
24 Oct 2013

Idina Menzel
Photo by Joan Marcus

Although their journeys in Oz came to an end, Menzel and Chenoweth have been, in fact, changed "For Good," much like they sang in the show's 11-o'clock number — a favorite part in the musical for both.

"To stand there opposite Kristin, whom I have so much love and respect for, and to be able to sing this incredibly written duet, it was just such an honor — a moment that you really try not to take for granted," Menzel explained.

"That was my favorite moment, [and] it's actually my favorite song in the show, too," said Chenoweth. "I think it's a moment in friendship… There are the themes of forgiveness and true love. And, that's [the] story that people loved so much — a love story between two women."

As for a return to Oz for Wicked's tenth birthday, Chenoweth will be doing film work in Los Angeles, and Menzel will be in the midst of preparing for the D.C. engagement of the Broadway-bound If/Then, produced by Wicked producer David Stone.

However, the two continue to sing the songs they left their mark on in 2003. "You know, it changed my life in so many ways, so to get the opportunity to sing [the songs] when I'm gone from the show — in my own concerts — is a beautiful reminder of what I was part of and what I continue to be a part of."

Chenoweth carries on with high hopes: "I said today to [Wicked company manager] Susan Sampliner, 'What will we be doing for its 20th anniversary? What will be going on in our lives then?'"

(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)

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Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and company
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