OFFICIAL ‘CHESS’ PHOTOS

The official website for the recent London production of Chess that Idina starred in, alongside Josh Groban, Kerry Ellis, and Adam Pascal, now has an extensive photo gallery! Head over to the official site by clicking the thumbnails below for photos from rehearsals, the show itself, and post-show exclusives!

And don’t forget, Chess will be aired on television in the US & UK in 2009 and will also be released on DVD and CD!

PICS: TREVOR PROJECT, WATER CLUB, + TONY AWARDS!

Idina is presently on a short break from her summer tour (gearing up for Nero!), so what better time than to play photo-catch up than the present? These photos are not in the site’s gallery yet, but I set up Photobucket albums to display them until they’re able to be added. The thumbails will take you to albums set up for each event! So, without further ado:

Idina was the headlining performer at last night’s 8th Annual Trevor Project benefit. Details about what she sang have not surfaced yet, but she was scheduled to sing tracks off her album, I Stand. She looked absolutely stunning on their red carpet.


Before her June 26 concert at The Music Box in Atlantic City’s Borgata casino, Idina attended the opening of their upscale “Water Club” hotel in a teal version of the dress custom made by designer Narciso Rodriguez, who also designed the similar dresses she wore for the Sex & the City premiere, and her recent concert at Town Hall in New York.

And of course we can’t leave out the 2008 Tony Awards! Idina and Taye attended the awards show and participated in the on-stage tribute to RENT with the rest of the Original Broadway Cast and the current cast.

All photos courtesy Getty Images, WireImage, & M&G.com.

WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?

As a result of the great ‘I Stand for…’ birthday video the members of the So Beautiful Forum created, Idina has just launched a very special new project.


Beginning today, the world can now join together in showing what it is they stand for. All you need is a Facebook account to “become a fan” of Idina Menzel’s “I Stand” Page. From there, you can watch an exclusive introductory video by Idina and, by using Facebook’s video and photo sharing tools, begin participating in this moving, heartfelt project in sharing what you stand for and believe in! Idina will even be participating regularly with this new venture.

You can discuss this great new mission with other fans in a special thread on SB right here.

Special kudos go out to Kevin and Livi for building the video that spawned this all, and to Olivia of SB for working with Idina’s team to get this wonderful project set up. It’s amazing.

IDINA TO READ ‘NERO’ AT VASSAR

From Playbill.com:

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Taboo’s Jeffrey Carlson and Spring Awakening veteran Lea Michele will headline the Powerhouse Theatre reading of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s musical Nero.

A partnership between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, the Powerhouse Theatre season runs June 27-Aug. 3 in Poughkeepsie, NY, and will also include new works by Eric Bogosian and Eve Ensler.

Carlson stars in the title role of the aborning chamber musical penned by the Tony Award-winning team behind Spring Awakening. Music is by Sheik, and book (including scenes in verse) and lyrics are by Sater. Joining Carlson are Michele as Nero’s mute wife and step-sister Octavia and Menzel as his lover Poppea.

Also set for the cast are stage and screen actress Laila Robbins (Heartbreak House) as Nero’s mother Agrippina, Michael Arden (The Times They Are A-Changin’) as Nero’s step-brother Britannicus, David Patrick Kelly (Festen) as Nero’s advisor Seneca and Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures) as Praetorian Guard member Tigellinus.

Daniel Kramer (Bent) helms the public Powerhouse reading at Vassar’s Martel Theater July 11-13. Kramer also staged the 2007 reading of Nero at the Public Theater that featured Euan Morton, Jan Maxwell and Bobby Steggert.

Since its debut at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 2006, “we’ve transformed this piece dramatically,” Sater told Playbill.com on June 20.

“Nero was the first political star,” Sater continued. “[The musical is] about the birth of politics as theatre. It makes sense that characters of his life, which he was always staging as a kind of show, should be stars in their own right.”

Sater has turned to historical accounts of the Roman leader to inform the script for what he calls a chamber musical comprised of 19 songs incorporated into dramatic verse scenes. Nero “is not a rock musical,” Sater explained. The piece will be backed by percussion, harp, violin and keyboard.

Following the Powerhouse staging, Nero will likely see a fully staged workshop in spring 2009, according to Sater. [No word on Idina’s potential involvement in that.]

Tickets for the Powerhouse staging of Nero are currently available by visiting Vassar.edu or by calling (845) 437-7235 or (845) 437-5599.

Note: While not officially announced yet by Idina’s staff, I’ve been told that her management has indeed confirmed this privately.

CONCERT IN ST. LOUIS, MO SCHEDULED

Idina.com has just announced an additional date for Idina’s impressive touring schedule.

  • Fri AUG 1 @ The Pageant Concert Nightclub
  • The pre-sale begins Wednesday, June 25th at 10am CDT and ends Friday, June 27th at 12pm CDT. Visit Idina’s tour page for full pre-sale details. (You will have to purchase a fan club membership for $25 in order to participate in the pre-sale).

    The public on-sale date is Friday, June 27th at 5pm CDT.

    I hope plenty of you will get to attend this concert and welcome Idina to the Show Me State. smile

    NOTE: A lot of pre-sales are happening/about to happen, so be sure to check Idina’s website for details on everything!