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Idina Menzel Performing at The White House on Easter Egg Roll 2016 [ >>

She has been to the Emerald City, a castle made of ice and a run down apartment in New York City's East Village. Now, Idina Menzel is heading to the White House to help the First Family celebrate easter. The Bradway Superstar is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at 2016 Easter Egg Roll “Let’s Celebrate,” event on Monday March 28.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Live Theme Park Theater Experience Coming “In Summer” >>

If you are a parent who finally thought your child was ready let, “Let it Go,” go, think again. Disney is building on the hype of the hit film with an all new sequel film, a Broadway show and now a theme park theater experience. 'Frozen' - Live at the Hyperion is getting ready to debut this May in California. So go ahead and save up those caps and enjoy the silence while you can, but Winter is coming this Summer.

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Disney ‘Frozen the Musical’ Coming to Broadway in 2018 with Orginal Writing Team >>

Winter is coming and it's coming in 2018. That is right, Frozen the Musical is coming to Broadway in just two short years. That means just as you are finally to get “Let it Go,” out of your head, you going to get have it stuck right back in skull again. The Disney musical will feature the same writing team of husband and wife Robert Lopez (E.G.O.T winner, Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical) providing the music and Jennifer Lee penning the book.

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‘Book of Mormon's’ Josh Gad Lip Sync Battle As Donald Trump: Watch Full Performance Video Now >>

Josh Gad as Donald J Trump sure did a whole lot of touching himself on Thursday night’s hit VH1 show 'LIp Sync Battle'. Dressed as the Don complete with money shorts, Gad rode a wig covered wrecking ball on a stage full Donald Trump. Gad was performing to the Divinyls’ hit song “I Touch Myself,” completed his number by making out with 'The Big Bang Theory’s' Johnny Galecki, who was also dressed as Trump and was wearing a sombrero. The former 'Book of Mormon' actor was competing against Galecki Big Bang Theory co-star, Kaley Cuoco, who performed Britney Spears' song "I'm A Slave 4 U" with you guest it, a yellow python. You can check out the full video of both performances below, but be warned,you may never be able to think of 'Frozen’s' Olaf in the same way.

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‘Book of Mormon’ & ’Frozen’ Josh Gad Lip Syncs Donald Trump, Kisses Johnny Galecki >>

The preview for this Thursday Night’s all new episode of VH1’s hit series 'Lip Sync Battles' has been released and fans of Broadway’s 'Book of Mormon' are in for a special treat. Josh Gad is known best for playing 'Frozen’s' Olaf and Disney live action 'Beauty and the Beast' LeFou. However, Donald Trump in money shorts singing the Divinyls’ hit song “I Touch Myself,” while riding a wrecking ball in the style of Miley Cyrus before making out with The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki might be Gad’s greatest character yet. Check out the preview for this week’s episode to see all the Gaddy goodness.

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel Loves Channing Tatum as Elsa? >>

He may look little like her animated character, Elsa, but Idina Menzel couldn't have loved Channing Tatum's 'Lip Sync Battle' rendition of her 'Frozen' hit, "Let It Go", any more. After the 'Magic Mike' actor appeared in full princess regalia to perform the 2013 hit, the 'Wicked' star let Channing know on Twitter that she was impressed. Word has it that Idina may not be so solid when it comes to own performance in 'If/Then,' now that the show is on tour, however. Menzel recently admitted that she was absolutely exhausted going into the run, but didn't want to leave the production until she had seen things through to the end.

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'If/Then' Starring 'Frozen' Star Idina Menzel Will Close Due to Low Ticket Sales >>

"If/Then," the Broadway musical starring "Frozen" star Idina Menzel, will be closing March 22 after gradually deflating sales. Menzel, who has staked her claim on the Broadway stage in the original cast of "Rent" and "Wicked," is known to the non-theater world as the voice of Elsa in the Disney movie "Frozen." She also achieved mainstream success after the notorious name flub by John Travolta during last year's Oscars. But excitement about her return to Broadway slowly diminished, with the play peaking early in its run. "If/Then" follows Elizabeth, played by Menzel, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life, which splits into two parallel paths told simultaneously, based on a single inconsequential decision. Some believe the unfamiliar title and the challenging storyline are what led to the show's closing, especially with family-friendly, crowd-pleasing Broadway shows such a "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" on the landscape. Also, reviews for the show have been mixed, with some raves and other pans. The possibility of a recoup for the $10 million show is still unknown. The play reunited Menzel with her "Wicked" producer David Stone and "Rent" director Michael Greif, as well as Anthony Rapp, who co-starred with her in "Rent." Music for the show was by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.

Leah Flynn

Violinist, 7, Wants to Play for Peace, Stop Violence in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, a 7-year-old violinist from Sanford, Florida, is hoping to play her violin for peace in the torn town of Ferguson, Missouri. Flynn, who is only in second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and practices daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist at many different concerts and venues. After viewing the violence and protest happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson, the talented child felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother Paula Flynn told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes, Disney Theatricals Honcho Talk Broadway Prospects for 'Princess Bride,' 'Frozen' >>

'It doesn't need to be fast. It needs to be great,' said Thomas Schumacher, Disney Theatrical Group's president and producer, about a stage adaptation of 'Frozen.'

Adele Makes No Plans to Release New Album Until Next Year

Adele Makes No Plans to Release New Album Until Next Year >>

It's not just the fans who are hurting, it's the record companies too. Adele hasn't made any plans to record a new album for the rest of the year despite what a cryptic Twitter post might tell you.

Disney's 'Frozen' Gets a Hard-Pressing Tribute at Select Stores This Record Store Day on November 28

Disney's 'Frozen' Gets a Hard-Pressing Tribute at Select Stores This Record Store Day on November 28 >>

The continuing efforts of Record Store Day have now extended into the pockets of extreme youngins. Ice Queen Elsa from Disney's hit animated film "Frozen" will get a special picture disc tribute on plastic vinyl at participating stores on November 28.

From 'If/Then' to 'Frozen' Stages: Idina Menzel Announces Upcoming Christmas LP 'Holiday Wishes'

From 'Frozen' to 'If/Then,' Idina Menzel Now Granting 'Holiday Wishes' on Upcoming Christmas LP >>

As we say goodbye to the warm weather and welcome the coming colds (I'm not talking about temperature), so comes the season of Christmas albums. The latest news comes from none other than a Jewish singer, Idina Menzel, and her forthcoming LP Holiday Wishes.

Filipino Sining Quartet, MICA, Gives 'Let It Go' Tribute on South Korean X-Factor 'Superstar K' to Dumbfounded Judges

Filipino Singing Quartet MICA Performs 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen' on 'Superstar K,' South Korea's X-Factor Show >>

It seems that the Frozen phenomenon is still on going. This time, the iconic track "Let It Go," originally sung by the legendary Idina Menzel, is given new breath by Filipino singing quartet MICA on South Korea's Superstar K.

What If Your Life Was a Musical? Four New Shows Explore This Idea, Including Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’

What If Your Life Was a Musical? Four New Shows Explore This Idea, Including Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical' >>

For anyone who wishes that their life had musical accompaniment, or that everyday people spontaneously broke into song like they do in musicals, several new shows could be for you, including Adam Overett's 'My Life Is a Musical' and an upcoming movie from Disney, ‘Bob the Musical.'

'Frozen' Disney Princess' Leave GoT and Westeros for Their Latest Gimmick: 'Orange is the New Black

'Frozen' Disney Princess Leaves Game of Thrones' Westeros for 'Orange is the New Black' Spoof >>

Disney princesses have become Game of Thrones incarnations hailing all the way from Westeros, and now they have their latest gimmick: Orange is the New Black.

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