“Ladies and gentlemen,” a disembodied voice from the stage announced, rousing the crowd for the reopening of “Wicked”: “Kristin Chenoweth.”
This brought an even louder roar from the audience as Chenoweth. Revealing the role of Glinda when the show opened on Broadway in 2003, He appeared on the stage of the Gershwin Theatre.
“Things like this don’t just happen,” said Chenoweth, wearing a bright dress. “It takes a lot of people.”
“My personal favorite relationship is probably between actors and audiences,” he continued, “probably that’s why I’m in therapy.”
The audience burst into laughter.
Chenoweth brought some star power to the return of “Evil,” which chronicles the frenzied enemy ship between Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. A revisionist backstory for “The Wizard of Oz.”
The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2003, has been watched by more than 60 million people in 100 cities around the world. It was also the first Broadway production to reopen since the pandemic. It starts on August 7 in Dallas.