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'Wicked' Musical Adaptation Wraps Filming: Ariana Grande and Director Jon M. Chu Share Emotional Messages

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The musical “Wicked” has wrapped filming and Ariana Grande is honoring the moment by expressing her gratitude.

In a post on her Instagram Stories, she said: “So what?” The singer thanked the crew behind the film after principal photography was completed.

“This was an incredibly large production with so many brilliant people who worked so hard in every department,” she wrote. “Every single person who worked on these films was not only the absolute best at what they do, but also made every single day for over a year feel so incredibly safe… kind and considerate, every day inspired as if it were always the first.”

Grande will play Glinda in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, which is divided into two parts, with the first part scheduled to hit theaters on November 27 this year.

“How something so much bigger than all of us can feel so intimate, small and warm is beyond me, but it starts at the top,” Grande continued. “You did it like that [Jon M. Chu]. I have so many stories that I can't wait to share, but right now my heart is honestly hurting and I won't be sharing them with this crew every day anymore. Thank you for your brilliance and all the hand holdings and hugs along the way.”

Ariana Grande shares a message on Instagram Stories after filming “Wicked.”

Ariana Grande shares a message on Instagram Stories after Wicked wraps filming. Instagram Stories @arianagrande

The director also shared a post on Instagram to thank everyone involved in the production.

“Then close your eyes. Tap your heels together three times and think…” Chu captioned the post with the main photo of Elphaba and Glinda’s silhouettes.

“Many thanks to the huge crew and cast and [Universal Pictures] for supporting the most ambitious film production I've ever been a part of or, frankly, ever seen,” Chu added. “We have built a real Munchkinland! A multi-story Shiz university campus! I walked and shopped in a real Emerald City and met the real wizard head that moved in real time!!”

Chu also thanked the musical's cast for their “insane LIVE singing,” which included Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Grande, Jonathan Bailey, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Slater, Faye Dunaway, Marissa Bode, Bronwyn James, Keala Settle and Aaron belong to Teoh.

“For most of the year, my jaw was on the ground and my heart was in the clouds,” Chu continued. “Cameras began rolling here in London in November 2022 and now, in January 2024, our filming has officially concluded. Angry. Exhale. I shut my eyes. And click. Click. Click.”

Following the release of the first part of the film later this year, Wicked Part Two is scheduled for release on November 26, 2025.