Idina Menzel Says Cynthia Erivo "Doesn't Need My Help" to Shine as Elphaba in "Wicked"

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Idina Menzel says that while she's willing to help Cynthia Erivo prepare to play Elphaba in "Wicked," she feels that the star is already very well-equipped to take on the role.

"I've congratulated her and she sort of asked me just to be a part of it and be there," she tells Entertainment Weekly. "I offered to be in her ear if she wants me to and to give her a space, because she doesn't need my help, to be quite honest."

The "Frozen" star does say that her main tip for Erivo is to always remember the story's core message. "Just always keep in mind what the whole story was about," she says. "Similar to our book is just like not being afraid of what makes you beautiful and powerful. If you stay true to that, then you'll be true to Elphaba."

The book she's referring to is her new children's title,
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