The Whiffenpoofs will soon have yet another brush with fame. After getting kudos from Ben Folds and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and singing at Lincoln Center last weekend, the Whiffenpoofs will perform alongside actress and singer Idina Menzel in a benefit concert this March.

The benefit, co-hosted by the Association of Yale Alumni, the Yale Club of Southern California and Eli’s Mishpucha: Yale’s Jewish Alumni Group, will feature Menzel and the Whiffenpoofs in concert, with actor Josh Malina ’88 presiding as master of ceremonies. Proceeds from the concert will go to P.S. ARTS, a non-profit group that seeks to bring arts education to public schools.

For those willing to make the trip to Santa Monica, tickets are $100 and $125, and the show will take place March 11 at 8 pm.



Idina’s performing in West Palm Beach tonight and just took a few minutes to answer a great fan-submitted question. Check it out below!

Kravis Center Q&A – December 17, 2010
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Teen Vogue published a nice little Q&A with Idina tonight. Read on!

You are judging the best performance of The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.” What are some of your favorite things?
My son Walker is my favorite person in the entire world. Of course, my husband is also very special. I love sushi and going to see movies. Playing tennis is also one–I have a terrific backhand.

What are the three things you do everyday to make yourself feel beautiful?
I steal as many kisses as I can from my little boy. I use Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner to help repair the damage I inflict on my hair, and I use Kate Sommerville Daily Moisturizer every morning.

When did you know you wanted to be a performer?
I knew I wanted to be a performer from a very early age – I used to do little shows in my living room for my family. My grandfather would serve as my M.C. and the space behind the couch served as the “backstage.”

What advice do you have for aspiring performers?
Try to be yourself! It’s fine to be inspired by others – I have lots of inspirations – but don’t try to mimic. Embrace what makes you individual and special – it’s what will help you stand out from the crowd.

Is there any advice you wish someone had given you when you were a teen?
Teasing your bangs really high is not a good look!

What are your favorite holiday songs?
I’m Jewish so “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” is certainly up there, but I love Christmas music. My favorites are “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Oh Holy Night.”

What was your favorite part of guest-starring on Glee?
Singing with Lea Michele!

What can you tell us about your new ABC television pilot?
I’m so excited to be developing this show. It’s loosely based on my life and will have musical elements. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything comes together to make it happen.

Who were your teen idols growing up?
Barbra Steisand was an idol growing up and remains one today. I also loved Ralph Maccio–the ultimate Karate Kid.


The final four finalists for the Dove Brush With Greatness, Sing 4 All contest have been chosen! The lucky four teams got their turn Skyping with Idina to get some advice and feedback from her on their performances of “My Favorite Things.” The group that delivers our favorite performance of “My Favorite Things” will win a grand prize opportunity to perform as the opening act at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on December 28, 2010 in New York City. Click the Skype screencap below to watch the finalists’ performances and vote!

You’ll also find the contest’s latest halfway point video there, which we have available for download via our video archive.

“Dove Brush With Greatness Sing 4 All” – December 2010
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Here and here are a couple articles about the finalists’ experiences with Idina.


Idina participated in tonight’s star-studded fundraiser for The Trevor Project in Los Angeles! She performed not once, not twice, but THRICE. Hit the links to watch!

1) With members of the Original & Hollywood Bowl casts of RENT, singing “Will I?” and “Seasons of Love,”
2) With hubby Taye Diggs, singing a mashup of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Ebony & Ivory,
3) Solo, singing a piano-only version of “Defying Gravity.”

Note: The owner of the videos has made them private for unknown reasons for an unknown period of time. Hopefully they come back soon!

HQ photos from the event are now in the gallery!

And remember to support The Trevor Project by donating!