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.
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.
"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.
'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.'
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.
The last cast album to enter the Billboard charts at such a high position was 'Rent' back in 1996--which also starred Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp, and even had the same director.
Idina Menzel's pop-culture ascendance may have hit a tiny snag Sunday night when she lost out in the Tony Awards balloting to newcomer Jessie Mueller.
Hugh Jackman hosts a music-heavy lineup that includes pop stars, cast performances and previews.
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"Frozen" out of the Tonys this year, Idina Menzel might look back to 1964 when 'Hello Dolly!' and Carol Channing took 10 awards to 'Funny Girl' and Barbra Streisand's zero.
Rocky battles Hedwig in a wide-open field, but Harry Potter isn't even a contender.
As 'The Lion King' continues its reign over Broadway, Disney Theatricals keeps up the pace with an ongoing series of musical adaptations of its hit movies. Next up, look for 'Jungle Book' and 'Frozen.'
Idina Menzel will be presented with an Inspiration Impact award from 'Variety' for her work with A Broader Way, the girls' arts camp she co-founded in 2010.
Here at Classicalite, we set our own agenda for the Academy Awards--specifically, the contenders for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. And, to be fair, we were wrong.
With ample talent on the back end and a truly star-studded cast, the soundtrack to Frozen was watermarked for success long before its release.