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- Why does it matter that Cynthia Erivo was cast in ‘Wicked’ as Elphaba?
Originally played by Idina Menzel, the character of Elphaba is a social outcast who experiences hardships, discrimination and oppression both economically and socially. "Anyone who is of an ethnic minority, who is Black or Jewish or gay, or a woman feeling she grew up in a man's world...will identify with Elphaba," said composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz in his biography, 'Defying Gravity.'
- What nationality is Cynthia Erivo?
Cynthia Erivo was born in the Stockwell district of London, England. Erivo's parents are Nigerian.