Ethan Slater had at least one grande fan in the audience for opening night of his Broadway musical, a revival of Spamalot on Thursday. Ariana Grande, Slater’s real-life love interest and co-star in the upcoming two-part film adaptation of Wicked, was spotted arriving at New York’s St. James Theater to take in the show, which also stars Michael Urie and Taran Killam.
She was photographed wearing a black strapless midi-length dress, black pointy-toed heels, pearl drop earrings, and a bright red lip. Her bleached blonde hair in a high ponytail and light pink eyeshadow were reminiscent of Glinda, her character in Wicked. She didn’t walk the red carpet or give interviews, but was spotted taking photos and signing autographs for fans.
Grande and Slater’s romance was first confirmed in July, amidst a swirl of interest in both of their previous long-term relationships. Within days of rumors of their relationship surfacing, news broke that Grande had separated from her husband Dalton Gomez, and Slater separated from his wife Lilly Jay. Slater and Jay are parents to a 1-year-old. Grande’s divorce was finalized in October, and Slater’s proceedings are ongoing.
Slater made his name on Broadway playing the titular character in SpongeBob Squarepants, the musical stage adaptation of the Nickelodeon children’s show. He earned a Best Lead Actor in a Musical nomination at the 2018 Tony Awards for his performance, though the category was ultimately taken by Tony Shaloub for The Band’s Visit. In Spamalot, a musical based on British comedy troupe Monty Python’s cult classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Slater plays the dual roles of the Historian, a sort of narrator for the show, and Prince Herbert.
In Wicked, directed by John M. Chu, Slater plays Boq, a friend-slash-peon of Grande’s Glinda who nurses an unrequited love for the eventual “good witch” in the show.
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Reps for Grande and Slater did not immediately return requests for comment.
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