You won't have to wait until the spring of 2019 for a special musical event on NBC. According to Deadline, the network will be airing a Wicked concert next month in honor of the show's 15-year anniversary on Broadway. It will also reunite the production's original cast members, Idinia Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who portrayed Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda ("The Good") respectively.
“Wicked is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire Wicked team to celebrate the enduring success of this show.”
Taking place before and during the events of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is told from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West. As the play goes on, you realize she's just a misunderstood resident of Oz that is deemed evil for views that conflict with those of the Wizard.
“We’re especially excited to have Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited along with big guest stars in front of an audience – in costume hopefully – to help us celebrate the Halloween season," Vaughan added.
Unlike previous musical events on NBC, A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway will be pre-taped at the Marquis Theater in Manhattan. Other special guests include: Ariana Grande, Pentatonix, and the current cast of Wicked on Broadway. It will be produced by the show's original team: Marc Platt, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner. Weiss is directing.
Fun fact: Grande helped create a cover of the show's song, "Popular," with pop artist MIKA in 2012.
NBC plans to air the Wicked concert on Monday, Oct. 29 (two days before Halloween, don't ya know) at 10pm EST.
Recently, the play's lyricist Stephen Schwartz offered an update on a film adaptation of the show. It originally had a release date of Dec. 20, 2019, but was replaced with a cineamtic version of Cats. Nevertheless, Wicked will definitely receive a big screen debut, Schwartz assured.