Broadway actor Brittney Johnson has made history becoming the first Black woman cast to play Glinda full-time in the production of “Wicked.”
Johnson had previously made history with “Wicked” when she played the part as an understudy in 2019, People reported. It was her first Broadway role as an actor or actor of color.
This will be the first musical in which the actor plays the main role. The production begins February 14, 2013. announcedOn Tuesday.
Johnson told People that her history-making role as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, is an “honor.”
“I only had a few people who I feel like I could look up to when I was starting this journey, and it’s still a little surreal for me when people send me messages and write me letters saying that I am the reason why they feel like they can pursue their dream, that I am the person that they are looking up to,” she said. “It feels like an awesome responsibility and one that I am grateful for.”
Johnson has appeared in other Broadway productions, including “Les Misérables,” “Motown,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls,” according to Playbill.
Her historic casting was celebrated by the actor on Twitter on TuesdayUse the hashtag #BrittneyTheGood
“If this is a dream, don’t wake me,” she wrote. “I cannot WAIT to be your Glinda. I’m honored, grateful, and speechless. I simply couldn’t be happier.”