KRAVIS CENTER INTERVIEW

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 INTERVIEW

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.

DOVE CONTEST FINALISTS

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.

MEDIA: TREVOR LIVE

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!

IDINA, THE TV STAR

BREAKING NEWS/DEVELOPING STORY

Primetime musical series are red-hot courtesy of Fox’s Glee, and ABC, whose sibling Disney Channel started the genre’s resurgence with High School Musical and Hannah Montana, is developing a couple of music-themed series for next fall. Leading the pack is a drama with musical elements from writer Bob Kushell (Samantha Who?) starring Tony winner Idina Menzel.

Hot off her recurring role on Glee last season, Idina Menzel is headlining her own musical hourlong project, a mother-daughter relationship drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls. It will star the Broadway actress as the single mother of a teenager who, to make ends meet, waits tables and performs at weddings and bar mitzvahs, odd jobs that Menzel herself worked early on while pursuing a Broadway career. Kushell, who had been looking to do a musical series for the past 10 years, is writing the script for ABC Studios and will executive produce with David Knoller (Big Love). Menzel and her manager Heather Reynolds will serve as producers. Menzel, who originated the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, earned Tony nominations for both and won for Wicked. She will make her New York Philharmonic debut on Feb. 5 and may also return to Glee, where she plays the mother of star Lea Michele, later this season. The ABC project was packaged by ICM; Menzel is managed by One Entertainment. This is one of 3 sales for Kushell this development season. He also has in the works a multi-camera comedy at NBC and an animated comedy at Fox.

– Deadline.com

Whispers of this new endeavor first appeared in Idina’s November 4, 2010 interview with the LA Times. Exciting!