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

By Michael Gioia via playbill.com Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus Tony Award-winning actresses Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who created the respective roles of Elphaba and Glinda — the not-so Wicked Witches of Oz — take a trip down memory lane and individually chat with Playbill about the long-running, hit musical that stormed Broadway ten years ago. "It was so good to be together again," said Kristin Chenoweth, who recently met with Idina Menzel — her co-star and comrade in Wicked, which opened on Broadway Oct. 30, 2003 — in celebration of the show's tenth anniversary at the Gershwin Theatre. "I always knew it was something special in the beginning," admitted Menzel, "but I had no idea that it would become this phenomenon." On Oct. 30, the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Wicked hits a monumental milestone and joins the ranks of Mamma Mia!, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Oh! Calcutta!, A Chorus Line, The Lion King, Les Misérables, Chicago, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera — musicals that have played for over a decade on the Great White Way. Although Menzel did not suspect Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked would turn into the mega-hit musical that it is now — with theatregoers still rushing to the Gershwin and the production still topping box-office charts — Chenoweth did. "I just remember saying to Idina, 'Man… It's not going to matter what the critics say. Do you hear that? Do you hear that audience?' That's what I remember from intermission," Chenoweth recalled of opening night. Menzel, on the other hand, "was probably out of my body a little bit" after taking flight Oct. 30, 2003, and "Defying Gravity" at the end of the show's first act. "I get like that," she admitted. "When I'm doing my thing — when I'm so involved in it — I can't remember what I did, so that's why you have people around you to tell you. You just lose yourself in what you are doing. And, those are the best moments."