Broadway's 'Wicked' Makes History Casting First Black Glinda, Brittney Johnson

"If this is a dream, don't wake me," the actor tweeted.
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Broadway actor Brittney Johnson has made history becoming the first Black woman cast to play Glinda full-time in the production of 鈥淲icked.鈥

Johnson had previously made history with 鈥淲icked鈥 when she played the part as an understudy in 2019, People reported. She was the first Black actor and actor of color to take on the role on Broadway.

Now the actor will have the leading part in the musical beginning Feb. 14, the production announced on Tuesday.

Broadway actor Brittney Johnson has made history becoming the first Black woman cast to play Glinda full-time in the production of 鈥淲icked.鈥
Broadway actor Brittney Johnson has made history becoming the first Black woman cast to play Glinda full-time in the production of 鈥淲icked.鈥
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Johnson told People that her history-making role as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, is an 鈥渉onor.鈥

鈥淚 only had a few people who I feel like I could look up to when I was starting this journey, and it鈥檚 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,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t feels like an awesome responsibility and one that I am grateful for.鈥

Johnson has appeared in other Broadway productions, including 鈥淟es Mis茅rables,鈥 鈥淢otown,鈥 鈥淪unset Boulevard,鈥 鈥淏eautiful: The Carole King Musical鈥 and 鈥淜ristin Chenoweth: For the Girls,鈥 according to Playbill.

The actor celebrated her historic casting on Twitter on Tuesday, using hashtag #BrittneyTheGood.

鈥淚f this is a dream, don鈥檛 wake me,鈥 she wrote. 鈥淚 cannot WAIT to be your Glinda. I鈥檓 honored, grateful, and speechless. I simply couldn鈥檛 be happier.鈥

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