Idina Menzel Joins ‘Uncut Gems’

Per Deadline, Idina Menzel is joining Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the cast of the new movie Uncut Gems. Set in the Diamond district of New York City, Adam Sandler will star as a jewelry store owner with a gambling addiction who is juggling two relationships and escalating debts. Idina will play his wife.

The film, which will reportedly begin filming later this year, was written by Josh and Ben Safdies and their regular writing collaborator Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Productions and Elara Pictures’ Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Martin Scorsese & Emma Tillinger Koskoff are executive producers.

Idina Will Release New Live Album!

Idina Menzel announced today that she will be releasing a live album, idina:live, on October 5! The album, which was recorded while she was on tour last Summer, also features a studio version of “Bridge Over Trouble Water”. You can pre-order the album beginning Friday. The tracklisting is as follows, per Amazon:

Disc: 1

  1. Queen of Swords (Live)
  2. Small World (Live)
  3. Seasons of Love (Live)
  4. It’s Good to Be Back in Vegas! (Live)
  5. Don’t Rain on My Parade (Live)
  6. Cello & Keys (Live)
  7. Everybody Knows (Live)
  8. Cake / Black Dog (Live)
  9. I’m Not That Girl (Live)
  10. Perfect Story (Live)
  11. Wind Beneath My Wings (Live)
  12. Defying Gravity (Live)
  13. I Do (Live)
  14. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live)

Disc: 2

  1. Rock Steady (Live)
  2. Did I Sing at Your Mom’s Wedding? (Live)
  3. No Day But Today (Live)
  4. Dear Prudence / Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Live)
  5. Thank You to the Band (Live)
  6. For Good (Live)
  7. Let It Go (Live)
  8. Every Time We Say Goodbye / I’ll Be Seeing You (Live)
  9. Sawubona (Live)
  10. I See You (Live)
  11. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Studio Version)

Win: Skintight Playbill Signed by Idina Menzel!

As we all know, Idina is starring in a new Off-Broadway play, Skintight, this Summer. Of course, I had to make a special trip out to NYC to see her! I made the most of it and caught the show in the evening on Friday, July 13 and then again at the matinee on July 14. This was my first play, and I tried to avoid spoilers, so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect going into it. I’ve always liked to joke that I would go see Idina perform even if she were singing the phone book and unsurprisingly, now I know that I would find her just as compelling and engaging if she were reading it instead! I found Skintight very funny and thought-provoking. Idina’s performance is intense and layered, and the entire cast was amazing alongside her. If you have the chance to catch Skintight before it closes on August 26, I highly recommend it! You can get more information and buy tickets at RoundaboutTheatre.org.

Idina graciously let my sister & I visit with her after the show, so I put her to work signing Playbills for a few lucky fans and she was happy to oblige! All you have to do to enter is retweet the tweet above! Get a bonus entry by liking the tweet, as well. The winner must live in the US and follow @Idina_Here on Twitter (Idina does, so you should, too! :-P) I’ll randomly choose three winners on Monday, July 30.

 

Idina Menzel Will Receive A Star on The Walk of Fame!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced today that Idina Menzel is part of the Walk of Fame Class of 2019! Idina will be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the live theater/live performance category. The ceremony will be announced at a later date. Congratulations on this honor, Idina!

Skintight Opens Off-Broadway

Idina Menzel celebrated opening night of her new play, Skintight, on Thursday, June 21! BroadwayWorld posted photos from the curtain call, so check those out over there along with clips from the show above. Here are a few spoiler-free review snippets about Idina’s performance:

The Wrap: “the nuanced comic timing [Menzel] brings to her distressed character is masterful.”

The New York Times: “Ms. Menzel nails Jodi just about perfectly, landing every joke as if on a musical button.”

Variety: “Menzel is marvelous”

I haven’t seen it yet, so I tried skimming for the nice parts, haha but you can read the entire review at the respective links.