New Site Feature!

I am so happy to finally announce a new feature for Idina-Here!  The site now has a Press Archive, where all of Idina’s interviews, reviews, and articles can be found in one place!  All entries are tagged so you can choose to read about the Still I Can’t Be Still days or when she talks about Glee.  Also, the page is searchable.  How many times have you thought about when Idina has talked about the meaning of “Minuet” but couldn’t find an article?  Now you can!  Click on the image in the sidebar to visit the new archive and check it out.  The Fan Corner link will be moved and repositioned somewhere else soon.

There are still a TON of articles that need to be added to the archive, but I wanted to go ahead and share it.  I’ll be working on adding more interviews and articles from the past, and when new articles are published, I’ll be adding them as well.  If you have any problems or suggestions, please contact me and let me know!

And a HUGE THANK YOU to Flor over at Sweet Revelations!  I couldn’t have done this without her!  If you run a website and need a new design, contact Flor for an amazing design.

 

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Idina-Here has been and will be undergoing some changes.  I love working on this site and am always open to suggestions for improvement.  While things are sort of slow, I’ll be giving some pages a face-lift and of course, continuously adding new articles and interviews to the new Press Archive and new pictures to the Gallery. I’d also love to hear from you on a few things if you would please participate in a little poll.  This will help me focus on what you want and what I should work on first.

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In addition to all of the exciting things going on with the site, it is now time for Idina-Here to run another donation drive to pay our hosting fees. Between the extensive gallery, the new press archive to keep a record of all of the fun interviews and reviews Idina has done, and much more, Idina-Here strives to be the ultimate fan resource for everyone.

However, it’s unfortunately not free to host the site. I ask that if you enjoy the site to please consider donating to help keep it going. This site averages almost 200 visits per day and just one dollar from everyone can cover the fees for more than a year. Please see the donation page for more information, or you can click on the button below to go directly to the page to make a donation now. And please note that the money you donate does not go to me. It goes directly to DreamHost for the hosting fees. I do not take any money for running the site. I do it all for free and for my love of Idina!

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A new concert was announced at IdinaMenzel.com this week too:

Idina will play the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts in Miami, FL on December 3. Public on sale will begin September 18, but stay tuned for pre-sale information!

Complete concert information is available on the tour page.

 

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And finally, we just learned that Idina has a short interview on a Biography channel special, “When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9/11 Story.”  It’s re-airing Tuesday, September 6th, Sunday, September 11th, and Monday, September 12th, so check your local listings for times!  I’ll post media if/when I get it.  Here’s a summary:

In the aftermath of 9/11, getting back to normal would not be a simple task. For those in the world of pop culture and entertainment, the challenge was how to help America achieve that goal–to cheer the country up during its darkest days. This documentary takes a comprehensive look at the days and months following the attack–to show how the non-news media pitched in to bring the nation together. Comedians, singers, actors, entertainers all did their part with concerts, telethons and specials. Television, movies, Broadway, music and even sports helped bring us back to the new normal. We’ll also review the impact of the events of 9/11 on pop culture and how TV and films were changed forever. Featuring exclusive interviews with Kristin Chenoweth, Denis Leary, Dan Rather, Regis Philbin and Ray Romano amongst others.

Glee Scoop & More Pics From A BroaderWay

Some info was posted about Idina’s appearance on Glee on Watch with Kristin’s spoiler chat at E! Online:

Saranoh2009: Any scoop on Will/Emma on Glee?
Idina Menzel
is back, as you might know, and it looks like it’s gonna be a nice, long visit! Idina herself just told our Marc Malkin that she’ll be in “at least eight episodes,” and that is more than enough time to find her way back to her ex make-out buddy, Will Shuester. Menzel was pretty mum on plot details, but she did say, “The only thing I can say is my character becomes definitely more multi-dimensional,” the hot mom says. “She definitely has a big heart so we’ll see new aspects to her personality.” Meanwhile, Dianna Agron tells me she’s hoping Idina’s return means a reunion with the baby she gave up to her, Beth.

1987Dav: Hey Kristin! Anything on Rachel, Shelby and Quinn?
Rachel’s mom Shelby (played by Menzel), will definitely be doing a duet with her daughter. “I just came from the studio recording,” she says. “I won’t say what it is, but it’s something with Lea (Michele) and it’s one of the best songs ever written.” One of the best songs ever written? We guess it’s Eddie Murphy‘s legendary ditty “Party All the Time,” but that’s just our opinion. And clearly, it’s right.

One of the best songs ever written??? I can’t wait to find out what it is! Any guesses?

And Broadway.com has posted some pictures from yesterday’s Camp BroaderWay’s performance on their website.  They’re in our gallery too.

News From Camp

Some news and pictures are starting to be found on the internet about A BroaderWay’s first camp. A few pictures have been added to the gallery and you can read an article where Idina talks about camp here.

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And Idina was interviewed by E! Online this weekend too!

Houston Tickets

IdinaMenzel.com posted pre-sale and on-sale information for Idina’s concerts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra on October 14, 15, and 16, 2011. Fans can buy tickets RIGHT NOW by clicking here, selecting your performance, and using promo code MAUREEN. The pre-sale lasts until Saturday, July 30 at 11:59 pm CT. If you miss the pre-sale, public on-sale will begin Monday, August 1 at 12:00 am (aka Sunday night).

Contest results are in!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Name That Tune – Idina Style contest!  Winners have been notified and I’m waiting to hear back from them before I announce any names.  Since I received so many submissions from Idina’s international fans, I decided to choose one winner from the USA and one international winner this time around.  I’ll try to do another contest soon.  If anyone has any contest ideas, please leave a comment below and let me know!

Here are the answers:

1. Nobody’s Side — Chess
2. What If  — Rhydian feat. Idina
3. Still I Can’t Be Still
4. All of the Above – Still I Can’t Be Still CD
5. Embraceable You (live from Soundstage)  – Idina Menzel EP
6. The Wizard & I – Wicked
7. Louie – See What I Wanna See
8. So Beautiful – Here cd
9. Better To Have Loved – I Stand CD
10. Take Me Or Leave Me – Rent

Idina was caught by photographers today while shopping in California.  Click on the pictures below to go the album to see more.

        

And in a last bit of news, I’ll be leaving on vacation in just a few days.  Erin will be stepping in to keep you up-to-date on anything that happens while I’m gone.  Thanks again, Erin!