Brittney Johnson Set To Make History As Broadway’s First Black Glinda In ‘Wicked’


December 10, 2021

She’s ready to show up and show out!

Brittney Johnson is set to make history as Broadway’s first Black Glinda in “Wicked,” Asbury Park Press reports. 

Johnson is a veteran actress who has performed in a number of productions including “Les Misérables,” “Motown,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and “Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls.” Now Johnson is set to make history as the first Black actor to play Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked.”


The play is Broadway’s fifth-longest running production in history, first premiering 18 years ago in 2003.. Johnson received a slew of praise in the media, taking to Twitter to share her excitement about the historic role. 

“If this is a dream, don’t wake me. I cannot WAIT to be your Glinda. I’m honored, grateful, and speechless. I simply couldn’t be happier,” she wrote. 



The cast includes Johnson as Glinda the good witch, alongside Lindsay Pearce as Elphaba, Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible, Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Sam Gravitte as Fiyero, Mili Diaz as Nessarose, Michael X. Martin as Doctor Dillamond, and Jordan Barrow as Boq, who recently also made history as the first Black actor to assume his role. 

Johnson is set to hit the stage as Glinda on February 14, 2022. “Wicked” is currently showing at the Gershwin Theatre. To purchase your tickets visit www.wickedthemusical.com.


Congratulations Brittney!

Photo Courtesy of Joan Marcus

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