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A couple of Broadway’s most prominent advocates – President Obama and his wife, Michelle – will continue to do their part for the New York theater by bringing some of it to the White House on Monday. Representatives for Mrs. Obama said on Wednesday that the White House would continue its concert series with a performance at 7 p.m. on Monday [July 19] by a lineup of prominent Broadway talents, including Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Brian d’Arcy James, Chad Kimball, Tonya Pinkins, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo and Assata Alston, preceded by remarks from the President.

Earlier in the day 20 dance students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center will take part in a workshop and rehearse a scene from “Hairspray” that will be supervised by the choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Those students will also perform for Mrs. Obama in the East Room at 2 p.m., and take part in the evening’s concert. PBS will broadcast the concert as “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House” on Oct. 20.

The President and the first lady made headlines last year when their evening’s itinerary in New York included a stop at the Broadway revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, have also attended the Broadway musicals “Memphis” and “The Addams Family,” whose casts are represented on the White House concert bill by Mr. Kimball and Mr. Lane.

– The New York Times

According to, PBS plans to air this concert as A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House on October 20. Don’t wait to wait until October 20? It will be broadcast LIVE on the White House’s website, so make sure you log on and watch!



In a recent interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Idina discusses why she loves touring, her feelings on her solo recording career, and her desire and need to keep working. Though, most interestingly, something else is mentioned…

Idina Menzel has the actor’s disease: Though she enjoyed huge success in the original Broadway casts of Rent and Wicked – and now on the hotter-than-hot Fox series Glee – she’s haunted by the possibility of never working again.

That notion was particularly intense after the 2009 birth of her son. “I was afraid people would forget about me,” she said the other day. “I live in Los Angeles much of the year. I’m surrounded by huge movie stars, so the perspective is out of whack.”

Few of her talented Broadway colleagues graduate to the concert stage – particularly ones as large as the Mann Center, where she’ll be on Thursday with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

It’s a sweetheart gig. The evening is hers – she’s nobody’s guest star in a larger program – and that suits her expansive personality. Menzel believes that the more she sings over a day or week, the better she sounds. She has not only her Wicked signature song “Defying Gravity” to draw from, but three solo albums.

That may not quite add up to being on top of the world, but she shows every sign of doing pretty well. In fact, she inspires enough scrutiny from fans that blogs abound with speculation of a feud with Wicked costar Kristen Chenoweth that apparently has no basis in fact.

All good news? “On a day-to-day basis,” said Menzel, now 39, “I don’t see it like that.

“I do have these albums out and I’ve been trying so hard to cross over into a pop mainstream kind of thing. But I still sell mostly to the theater audience. Glee helps in some way but not drastically. Not yet. I’ve had a lot of disappointments with my own albums and sales.”

She says her continued presence on Glee is by no means assured. She plays the director of a rival high school glee club, Vocal Adrenaline, and in the season-ending cliffhanger her character is holding someone else’s baby while trying to establish a relationship with the teenage daughter she gave up for adoption. How could that plot line not continue?

“They’re very secretive over there,” says Menzel. “I’d love to come back. It’s great to be in a show on TV where they really appreciate and respect theater people.”

But –

As insurance against unemployment paranoia, she’s in New York workshopping a new musical, details of which she can’t discuss. “It’s important to make new projects,” she said in a phone interview between rehearsals.

And then there are concerts: “The reason I love touring so much is that it gives you control over a career that normally has little control.”




Idina has partnered with Bundled in Hope campaign, organized by Save the Children, on a project dedicated to providing blankets for babies and young children in the US, designing a baby blanket to be auctioned on eBay with the proceeds going to support the charities efforts. If you would like to bid on Idina’s blanket to support the cause, simply click on the blanket’s photo below. The auction ends June 22, so get your bids in!



Idina has added a number of new concerts to her 2010 tour! The three new cities she’s hitting include Cincinnati, OH, Red Bank, NJ, and West Palm Beach, FL. The dates are as follows:

September 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Hall (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
September 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Hall (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
September 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Hall (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
October 12 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theater (New Jersey Symphony)
December 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center for the Perf. Arts (Palm Beach Pops)

The Cincinnati dates are the opening weekend for the CSO’s season. Idina has replaced Bernadette Peters (Peters will be on Broadway at the time) for these performances. Tickets for Cincinnati go on sale August 11; more info is available here.

The Red Bank event is in conjunction with their annual gala, and ticketing information is not yet available. Ticketing for West Palm Beach is not available at this time, either.

Watch our site, as well as and Twitter for additional information, on-sale dates and presale announcements! Idina’s complete tour schedule is available in the sidebar.



Tomorrow, May 18, marks Idina’s return to Glee! Make sure to set your TiVos and tune in! She has done a few interviews recently to promote her guest spot. Here’s one that was filmed a couple weeks ago for ABC News Radio.

Make sure to read AND watch this great one from today’s USA Today. Click the link to read more.

On tomorrow’s E! News, they will air their own exclusive interview with her, so make sure you watch for that, too! Don’t worry if you miss it, though. We’ll include it in our Glee 1×19 update later this week. And remember, tomorrow Volume 3 of the Glee soundtrack will be released, including 2 of Idina’s songs! Pre-order on iTunes today.

In more news of the exclusive variety, Idina will be giving Idina-Here an interview as well! Created by the fans, for the fans, members of LiveJournal community IdinaMenzelWorship contributed questions more than 2 years ago – yes, 2 years! – before I even started maintaining this site (or I would have asked for contributions here). That just goes to show you how busy she is! Anyway, it should be very enjoyable to read, considering she wasn’t asked how long it took to get green every night or if there’s ever going to be a Wicked movie – we all know the answers to those, right? I’m not sure when the interview will be ready to go, but she’s chipping away at it in what little free time she has these days. It might be days, weeks, or even months, but as soon as it’s complete, I’ll be sharing it! :)

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