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That 'Frozen'/'Wicked' Connection: Is Idina Menzel the Voice of a Generation?

Picking up on yesterday's post, I should add that if the popularity of “Frozen” doesn't lead to “Wicked” being made into a movie then nothing will. 

Think of the connective tissue between these stories:

  • Both are revisionist fairy tales in which the villain, a powerful woman (Snow Queen, Wicked Witch), has been recast as the heroine (Elsa/Elphaba).
  • The standout song in each production is the moment when this character defiantly reveals her powers to the world (“Let It Go”/“Defying Gravity”).
  • Idina Menzel. She voiced Elsa in the movie and originated Elphaba on Broadway.

According to IMDb.com, they're thinking Lea Michelle for the movie Elphaba. Not bad (more connective tissue: Menzel played her mother on “Glee”), but that's still too bad. Think how much Menzel's voice has already influenced kids, particularly girls. We're talking voice of a generation here. 

But who would you cast as Galinda?


Posted at 06:42 AM on Thu. May 01, 2014 in category Movies  
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