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Ariana Grande Wraps Filming on "Wicked": 'I Am So Inexplicably Thankful"

Fri 26 Jan 2024 | 02:08 PM
Yara Sameh

Ariana Grande has finished filming the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical "Wicked", a project that marks a memorable chapter for her.

The singer-actress reposted a message from director Jon M. Chu on her Instagram Stories Thursday, which read, “Will never forget my year with our Galinda. Can’t wait for you to meet her. Thank you @arianagrande for pouring your heart into Oz.”

Grande added her heartfelt response to the post, writing, “I will never forget even a minute of my year(s) with her either. Or you. Or my Cyn [Cynthia Erivo]. Permanently and preferably intertwined. I am so inexplicably thankful that we got to add so many soggy eyelashes to the collection @jonmchu.”

She added, “There aren’t words quite yet. But. Thank you, Jon, for leading the way with such compassion, openness, brilliance and kindness. I have never seen someone conduct a space the way you do. I love you so much.”


"Wicked" is centered around the witches from the land of Oz and the unlikely friendship that is formed between The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

The musical is based on the 1995 novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, which itself is a retelling of the 1900 L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, is told from the perspective of the witches.

The adaptation is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” and recounts everything that happened before Dorothy sauntered down that iconic yellow brick road — and tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba, who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, known as the Good Witch.

Americana Screenwriter Winnie Holsman and composer Steven Schwartz are adapting the new musical movie.


Grande plays Glinda, opposite Erivo’s Elphaba, in the highly-anticipated "Wicked", which is being made into two parts. The pic also stars Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Jeff Goldblum, Marissa Bode, Keala Settle, Bronwyn James, Adam James, and Bowen Yang.

“Wicked” marks Grande and Erivo's comeback to Broadway. The “7 Rings” pop star got her start in the 2008 Broadway musical 13 as a teenager before breaking out on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”. Erivo won the 2016 Tony Award for best performance by a leading actress in a musical for her portrayal of Celie in “The Color Purple”.

Grande’s love for the production has been well-documented over the years, including her explosive performance of “The Wizard and I” on NBC’s “A Very Wicked Halloween” in 2018.

The “yes, and?” singer later wished Chu “an incredible beautiful last day [filming] tomorrow.”

It appears the movie officially wraps filming altogether on Friday with Erivo, as Chu also added on his Instagram Story, “One more day left! @cynthiaerico are you ready?”

Erivo said in response, “As ready as I’ll ever be!! Let’s goooooo!!!”

“Wicked” is divided into two parts. The first installment is slated to hit theaters on November 27, with the second installment set to release on Dec. 25, 2025.

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