This week, The Sun newspaper in the UK announced that pop singer Ariana Grande will be making her Broadway debut as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical. Whilst the rumour hasn’t been confirmed yet, it has made me wonder if there is a bigger story here, should this news be true.
The movie adaptation of Wicked the Musical is due to be released in cinemas in December 2019 and so casting for the film has probably already been done. What a publicity stunt it would be, if at the end of Ariana Grande’s run on Broadway, they were to announce that she will be going on to play the role in the film adaptation!
I know it’s a massive speculation to make but it wouldn’t be the first time the theatre stage has been used to announce the performer will be playing the same role in the film adaptation. Cameron Mackintosh once took to the stage at the end of a performance of Oliver! to announce that Samantha Barks had been selected to play the role of Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Miserables (a part she had previously played on stage).
So could Ariana Grande be taking on the leading role in the 2019 movie of Wicked? The rumour mill if rife with speculation with the Daily Mail newspaper suggesting Nicole Scherzinger has been in discussions to play the role so who knows!