Wicked Star Idina Menzel Not Coming to Glee — Yet!
12/17/2009 AT 12:00 AM EST
"I don't know what I'm doing with Idina yet," show creator Ryan Murphy told PEOPLE at a Hollywood Radio and Television Society panel on Wednesday. "I just met with her once. It sort of got leaked, but I haven’t plotted it out yet."
Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, and Lea Michele, the actress who plays Rachel Berry on Glee and sang Wicked's signature number "Defying Gravity," look a lot alike, a fact not lost on Menzel nor her husband, Private Practice star Taye Diggs, who recently said, "We knew that resemblance existed far, far before the TV world did." That resemblance has some hoping the Tony-winner will play the biological mother of Rachel, who is the proud daughter of two gay dads.
While fans will have to wait to see what, if anything, Murphy comes up with, Glee will ease on down the road for Kristin Chenoweth, who played Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. Chenoweth will return as former McKinley High glee club star April Rhodes in the spring.
"I know Kristin has a huge episode," Murphy said. "She's coming back because we write that for her, but there are some other coming that I can't say, but they are big music , so I’m very excited!" --Cynthia Wang
Tell us: How should Idina Menzel be cast in Glee?Quantrell Colbert/Bravo