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Brittney Johnson Makes History as Broadway’s First Glinda of Color in 'Wicked'

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Stage actress Brittney Johnson just made history!

She is the first Black performer to take on Glinda, the legendary good witch in popular musical Wicked. Johnson made her debut last week on Broadway in New York.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Simply Grateful. See you at 7! #BlackGlinda

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In an interview with ABC News, she says:

“My heart is bursting with gratitude. God is good! I am so humbled to be the first Black Glinda and honored to fulfill the dreams and hopes of so many! I feel like my feet have yet to touch down.”

Johnson continues,

“The importance of this moment in history is only amplified by the message of this beautiful show: Love, friendship, and kindness are stronger than the fear of “otherness.” Love can break down barriers to change the world. I’m so grateful to the Wicked team for trusting me to tell this story. My hope and prayer is that people see my story and have faith that they can achieve their dreams too. Nothing is impossible! And no dream is too big.”

Fans and fellow actors were overwhelmed with joy when a Broadway photographer captured the shot below of Johnson as Glinda.

 

 

Check out some of the reactions below: 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My heart is bursting with gratitude. Thank you, thank you! God is so good! I am so humbled to be the first Black Glinda and honored to fulfill the dreams and hopes of so many! I feel like my feet have yet to touch down. The importance of this moment in history is only amplified by the message of this beautiful show: Love, friendship, and kindness are stronger than any division caused by a fear of "otherness". Love can break down barriers to change the world. I'm so grateful to the Wicked team for trusting me to tell this story. Representation is so important and I'm honored to be a representative here on Broadway and in the theatre community. My hope and prayer is that people all over the world can see my story and have faith that they can achieve their dreams too. Nothing is impossible! And no dream is too big. I'm living proof! I'm going to keep dreaming big and working hard to continue breaking down doors so that Everyone who wants to has a chance to walk through! Let's do it again tonight! See you at 8! All my love, Brittney #BlackGlinda #SpreadLove #PayItForward

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Congrats to Brittney Johnson!! 

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