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

By Playbill Staff
September 8, 2013

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



Read previous reader choices for Fiyero here.

Read previous reader choices for Elphaba here.

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

Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary.

Mitchell Randall: I love Kristin Chenoweth. She always embodied Glinda perfectly. Plus she's been on the silver screen a lot......its just a given
Amy Kagan: Kristin Chenoweth, for sure!
Jeff Gentner: No question - if you are bothering to make the movie without Kristin Chenoweth - forget it!
Lynn Miller-Penegor: No contest...Kristin Chenoweth!
Cedric Neal Duh: Kristin Chenoweth!!! She created the role and has the Hollywood following! Hands down - Kristin.
Linda Bakal: Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda-no one else will do

The most popular response Playbill.com received was for original star Kristin Chenoweth to repeat her work as Glinda. Composer Stephen Schwartz penned the role with Tony winner Chenoewth in mind and the actress earned a 2004 Tony nomination for her work.

Megan Hilty
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Stephanie Stegman: MEGAN HILTY IS THE ONLY CHOICE.
Jordan Gross: Megan Hilty. *perfection*
Nick Levingston: Megan Hilty!!!!
Patrick Fitzwater: Megan hilty for sure
Emma Benbouabdallah: Megan Hilty ♡

The second most-popular fan pick was Megan Hilty. Hilty, who stoodby for the role of Glinda, officially took over the leading role in 2005. Since her Wicked run, Hilty went on to gain fame for her role as Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical series "Smash."

Sierra Boggess
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Skylar Phillips: Sierra Boggess.

Sierra Boggess, Broadway's Little Mermaid who recently played Christine Daaé during the 25th anniversary celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, also created the role of Christine in the London premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, played Fantine in the West End production of Les Misérables and starred opposite Tyne Daly in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Master Class.

Amy Adams

JimmyBlanca Tseng: Amy Adams Logan Frederick: Amy Adams! I think that she would be great!! Nathan Hinds: Amy Adams is such a brilliant and versatile actress and I think she's got the vocal chops, star power, and acting talent to pull of Glinda.

Adams, who earned Oscar nominations for the films "Junebug," "Doubt" and "The Fighter," has treaded fantasy and fairytale-esque territory before. She starred in the movie ""Enchanted" which featured music by Schwartz, as well as the 2012 Shakespeare in the Park production of Into the Woods.

Anne Hathaway
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Cheri-lyn Corwin: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway received the Academy Award for her performance as Fantine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. Her appearances also include the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night (with a songs by the Brooklyn band Hem), as well as an evening of songs from Cabaret at Joe's Pub. Her film credits include "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Rachel Getting Married."

Katie Rose Clarke
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Kara Hogan: Katie Rose Clarke is phenomenal in the part of Glinda.

Katie Rose Clarke currently stars as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked. She made her Broadway debut in 2005 as a replacement for Kelli O'Hara in the Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza.

Taylor Louderman

Abe Calimag: I'm gonna go off the board and say Taylor Louderman.

Taylor Louderman made her Broadway debut last summer as Campbell in the musical version of Bring It On. She has also appeared in regional stagings of Legally Blonde and Footloose.

Amanda Seyfried

Whitney West: Amanda Seyfried would be great! She has a great soprano voice and has proved herself in Les Mis and Mamma Mia. Kristin has said they better hurry to make the movie, or she'll be playing Madame Morrible lol. I adore Kristin, though.
Ethan Gregory: I, for one, would love to see Amanda Seyfried as Glinda. As much as I love the original cast, they are too old to play these parts now, unfortunately. Seyfried has proven her acting and singing chops numerous times with her roles in Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. Though she has faced countless criticisms, I think her bubbly attitude would be perfect for the role of G(a)linda!

Seyfried starred as Cosette in the recent film adaptation of Les Misérables and played Sophie in the film adaptation of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! She also appeared in the films "Mean Girls," "Jennifer's Body" and "Gone."

Annaleigh Ashford
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Tina Doelling: Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford has appeared as Glinda in both the Broadway and Chicago productions of Wicked. She earned a 2013 Tony Award nomination for her work in Kinky Boots and has also appeared in Legally Blonde, Hair and Rent.

Laura Osnes
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Carmen Romero Lorenzo: Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes is currently starring in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, for which she earned a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Osnes has also appeared in Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde (Tony nomination), South Pacific and Grease.

Kara Lindsay

Alison Loughlin: Kara Lindsay!! I would love to see her do "Popular" especially after taking on "Watch What Happens" in Newsies. Plus, she would do wonderful with "For Good."

Kara Lindsay made her Broadway debut as Katherine in the 2012 musical Newsies. She's continues with the hit Disney production. Her credits also include Little House on the Prairie, Cinderella, Cabaret and Lone Star Love.

Alli Mauzey
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Crissy Cholowski: Alli Mauzey

Becky Hermenze: Alli Mauzey! undoubtedly the best G[a]linda there's ever been!

Alli Mauzey is another Wicked stage veteran, having played Glinda in 2008 and again in 2012. Her Broadway credits also include Cry-Baby and Hairspray.

Jessie Mueller
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Sue Carey: Jessie Mueller - hands down.

Jessie Mueller returns to Broadway as Grammy Award-winning musician Carole King in the new musical Beatiful. She received a Tony Award nomination for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and has appeared in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.

Anna Kendrick
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Heather Ferguson-Yates: Anna Kendrick
Alex Boese: I think Anna Kendrick could be an awesome choice!

Tony and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick is currently playing Cinderella in the Rob Marshall-helmed film adaptation of Into the Woods. She earned a Tony Award nomination for High Society and an Academy Award nomination for "Up in the Air." Her film credits also include "Pitch Perfect," "Twilight" and "Camp."

Anneliese Van der Pol

Jonathan Cort: Anneliese van der Pol!

Anneliese van der Pol last appeared on Broadway as Belle in Disney's Beaty and the Beast. Her stage credits also include Vanities, Jane Austen's Emma and television's "That's So Raven."

Laura Bell Bundy
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Shevaun Pope: Laura Bell Bundy!

Bundy was the original Glinda standby for Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the Broadway production of Wicked. She was Tony-nominated for her performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, has also been seen on Broadway Hairspray.