Playbill Poll: Who Should Star as Elphaba in a Film Adaptation of Wicked? Readers Respond

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25 Aug 2013

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel

As the long-running hit musical Wicked approaches its tenth anniversary on Broadway, begins to dream cast a possible film adaptation, and we wondered: Who would you like to see play Elphaba on screen? 

* polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking which them to share their choices for the coveted lead role of Elphaba. Their choices ranges from previous cast members, Broadway stars and Hollywood actors.

Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.

Gwion Jones: Idina Menzel all the way!!!
Paris Katherine: That's not a question!!! Elphie IS Idina!
@irishforaday26: @playbill @WICKED_Musical Idina Menzel. For sure.
@alwaysrobyn: @playbill @WICKED_Musical thee original herself: Idina Menzel
@gnucksjr: @playbill @WICKED_Musical who other than @idinamenzel?

Idina Menzel, who won the 2004 Tony Award for her performance as the ambitious green witch in Wicked, was the most popular choice amongst our readers. Menzel received critical acclaim for her performance and continued in the show through January 2005, and was succeeded by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean. The actress also originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent and later went on to reprise her performance for the 2005 film adaptation. Maybe the Tony winner will follow in the same pattern if Wicked materializes on the big screen.


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