Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth played frenemies turned best friends when they shared the stage in their critically acclaimed Broadway show Wicked 20 years ago. While the show’s focus was on the relationship between Elphaba (the green-hued Wicked Witch we first met in The Wizard of Oz) and Glinda (the good witch who flies around on a bubble), the press honed in on rumors about bad blood between the show’s two biggest stars.
Twenty years later, Kristin and Idina addressed those rumors in a new interview. They also revealed what proved to be a “healing” moment for them in the midst of all the whispers about their relationship.
Scroll through the slideshow to learn more about how the women responded to the rumors…
Addressing the Rumors
Since the release of Wicked 20 years ago, rumors of a feud between Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth have persisted. However, the two actresses recently sat down for an interview to debunk any misconceptions and set the record straight.
Idina Menzel, who played the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, revealed that the rumors of a feud were simply unfounded. She stated, “Kristin and I have always had a deep friendship, both on and off the stage. The idea of a feud is completely absurd.”
Kristin Chenoweth, who portrayed Glinda, the bubbly Good Witch, echoed Menzel’s sentiments. She explained that they had a mutual respect and admiration for each other throughout their time working on the musical. Chenoweth debunked the rumors, saying, “We were like sisters during our time in Wicked. The rumors were just gossip that got blown out of proportion.”
The actresses went on to share that the rumors took a toll on their personal lives. Menzel admitted, “It was difficult to see all these stories about strife between us, especially when it simply wasn’t true. We were frustrated by the false narrative that was being perpetuated.”
A Healing Moment
Amidst the media frenzy surrounding the alleged feud, Menzel and Chenoweth found solace in a special moment during their final performance together in Wicked.
Chenoweth recalled, “On our last night of performing Wicked, Idina surprised me with a heartfelt speech onstage. It was such a beautiful gesture and it brought tears to my eyes.”
Menzel added, “I wanted to take that moment to publicly acknowledge the love and respect I have for Kristin. It was a healing moment for both of us, and it reminded us of the bond we formed during our time in the show.”
The emotional moment not only brought the two actresses closer but also provided closure to the rumors that had plagued them for years. They realized that the camaraderie they shared on stage was genuine and that their friendship extended beyond the final curtain call.
Since their time in Wicked, Menzel and Chenoweth have continued to support each other’s careers and maintain a close friendship.
Menzel said, “Kristin is not just a talented performer but also an amazing human being. We are constantly in touch and cheer each other on from afar.”
Chenoweth expressed the same sentiment, stating, “Idina is one of the most incredible artists I know, and I’m grateful for the bond we formed during Wicked. Our friendship has stood the test of time.”
In the 20 years since Wicked first premiered, the two actresses have achieved remarkable success in their respective careers. Menzel went on to star in the hit movie Frozen and its sequel, earning her worldwide recognition. Chenoweth, too, found success on both stage and screen, with roles in popular TV shows like Glee and Pushing Daisies.
Revisiting the Magic
As Wicked celebrates its 20th anniversary, Menzel and Chenoweth reflected on the impact the musical has had on their lives and the enduring legacy it has created.
Menzel emphasized, “Wicked was a turning point in my career. It allowed me to explore a complex character and push my boundaries as a performer. I will forever be grateful for that experience.”
Chenoweth echoed the sentiment, adding, “Being part of Wicked was a dream come true. It was an honor to bring Glinda to life and be part of such a beloved production.”
Both actresses expressed their gratitude to the fans who have supported the show throughout the years. They recognized the powerful connection that fans felt with the characters and the enduring popularity of the musical.
A Lesson Learned
The rumors surrounding Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth serve as a reminder of the media’s tendency to sensationalize and create unnecessary drama. The actresses hope that their story will inspire others to question the validity of celebrity rumors and not let them overshadow the real accomplishments.
Menzel concluded, “The lesson we learned is to not let rumors define us. We know the truth of our friendship, and that’s what matters.”
Chenoweth added, “We hope that our story encourages people to focus on the positive rather than getting caught up in unnecessary gossip. The bond we formed in Wicked is a testament to the power of collaboration and friendship.”
As the 20th anniversary of Wicked is celebrated, it is clear that the show’s legacy extends far beyond the stage. The enduring friendship between Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth serves as a reminder of the power of collaboration and the impact that theater can have on personal relationships.