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Idina Menzel & Ben Platt Perform “A Whole New World”

Idina Menzel & Ben Platt Perform “A Whole New World”

Idina Menzel and Ben Platt teamed up to perform a Disney classic during ABC’s “Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” Sunday night! They performed “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. Before their performance, Idina shared that she used to perform the song at bar mitzvahs and weddings.

Idina at the Gratitude Awards

Idina at the Gratitude Awards

Idina Menzel was recently nominated for a Gratitude Award! The Broadway League’s Gratitude Awards is a large-scale kindness project designed to share the gift of gratitude from within the theater community, with NYC, and to all. Megan Hilty nominated Idina with this sweet message:

Idina continued the gratitude chain by nominating her longtime dresser, Joby Horrigan.

The awards were broadcast on Thursday, April 30. Idina and the others participated virtually in the ceremony which was also a digital fundraiser benefitting The Ghost Light Campaign and the Directors Emergency Relief Fund. ​You can donate here. You can watch her part here:

Idina Participates in Saturday Night Seder

Idina Participates in Saturday Night Seder

Idina Menzel participated in a virtual Passover seder last night! The event, called Saturday Night Seder, is free to watch and has raised over $375,000 for the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. (Donate here.)

Idina sang a gorgeous rendition of “The Four Questions” in Hebrew. You can watch her performance above. She was also mentioned at the beginning in a cute bit, and she shared her wish for next year at the end of the show.

Idina Menzel Calls Into Rosie O’Donnell Show

Idina Menzel Calls Into Rosie O’Donnell Show

Idina Menzel joined The Rosie O’Donnell Show benefit for The Actors Fund on Sunday night. Idina spoke with Rosie about her attempts at cooking, home schooling and more while self isolating. She referenced this absolutely hilarious video of a mom ranting about trying to home school her 4 children. The night was a huge success – they raised over $500,000 for The Actors Fund. You can still donate here.

Eve Ensler in conversation with Idina Menzel

Eve Ensler in conversation with Idina Menzel

In June 2019, Idina Menzel moderated a talk back with author Eve Ensler at Live Talks Los Angeles and it was just made available online. Eve discussed her latest book, The Apology:

Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. The Apology, written by Eve from her father’s point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

It was a frank and unflinching conversation, so keep that in mind before watching.

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