SAY HELLO TO WALKER!

Idina & Taye have released the first super-extra-mega adorable photo of their new addition, Walker Nathaniel, exclusively to People Magazine. Here is the happy family. smile

The Diggs Family

-People.com

And just another reminder that if you’d like to make a donation to Idina’s Stand Up 2 Cancer team in Walker’s honor, you may do so by clicking here.

IDINA + TAYE WELCOME WALKER NATHANIEL DIGGS

Mazel tov and congratulations to Idina & Taye! They are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, born September 2, 2009. They have exclusively confirmed their son’s birth to People.com

Idina & Taye at Aug 2009 InStyle Soiree

It’s a boy for Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel. The couple welcomed a son, Walker Diggs, on Wednesday, the couple’s reps confirm to PEOPLE.

“Mother, father and son are all doing well,” the reps said in a statement.

The Broadway belters announced the pregnancy in March, later sharing that the baby was a boy.

Although they had a few names in mind, Diggs said they were waiting to make a final decision.

“We have a couple [names] in the running,” the Private Practice star explained. “But part of us wants to see what he hits us with when we see him. We’ll see what he looks like.”

Walker is the first child for Menzel and Diggs, who are both 38 and met on the 1996 Broadway production of Rent. They wed in January 2003.

If you would like to show your excitement and congratulations for them in something more than words, you may donate to Idina’s Stand Up 2 Cancer team as a “charity baby shower.” Please do not send baby gifts to her fanmail address. If you would like to donate, you may do so by clicking here. After the awesome initial push, Idina’s fans donated more than $1,700 to Stand Up 2 Cancer’s research. Let’s see if we can double it in Walker’s name!

‘CHESS IN CONCERT’ HITTING THE BIG SCREEN IN UK

UKers, listen up! Chess in Concert will be hitting a cinema near you soon. Hollywood Reporter’s saying the Tim Rice musical will be shown in movie theaters in September.

Movie theaters will be alive to the sound of “Chess in Concert,” a recording of a shindig celebrating 25 years of the musical “Chess,” after alternative content distributor More2Screen and Warner Music Entertainment struck a theatrical distribution deal.

The duo will push the recorded concert out to theaters in the U.K. and Ireland for two days in September ahead of the planned home entertainment rollout the same month, the partners said Tuesday.

Directed by Hugh Wooldridge, adapted by Wooldridge and Tim Rice, and conducted by David Firman, the special performance was recorded live at a 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

With story and lyrics by Rice, music by Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and songs such as “One Night in Bangkok” performed by Murray Head, and “I Know Him So Well” performed by Barbara Dixon and Elaine Paige, “Chess” was a success when it was released in 1984.

The concert features a cast including multiplatinum-selling artist Josh Groban and Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal performing alongside the 100-strong West End Chorus and the City of London Philharmonic Orchestra.

More2Screen managing director Christine Costello said: “The phenomenal success of (musical and movie) ‘Mamma Mia!’ shows the potential for musicals in cinema, and we hope ‘Chess in Concert’ will delight its many existing fans, as well as finding some new ones, when it plays on the big screen this September.”

London-based More2Screen provides cultural programming to digitally equipped cinemas and at big screen venues in the U.K.

Hollywood Reporter

No word on the same taking place in the US or other countries. sad

DOWNLOAD ‘AMERICAN RIVER’!

IdinaMenzel.com has exclusively released the studio version of “American River,” which Idina recorded for this year’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular. You can now stream the song on Idina’s MySpace page by clicking here.

p.s. I know it’s been pretty quiet lately while Idina’s incubating their upcoming bundle of joy. I’ll be posting a contest in the coming days to give everyone an Idina-related activity to maybe cut the withdrawals a bit. wink

UPDATE! The NY Pops is now offering their complete suite from the fireworks celebration for HQ download. Head over to their site by clicking here to download Idina’s track for yourself!

MACY’S 4TH OF JULY EVENT

Tony winners Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel will perform Stephen Flaherty and William Schermerhorn’s “American River Suite” as part of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration.

New York Pops’ music director Steven Reineke conducts the commissioned work that features a score by Tony winner Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, The Glorious Ones) and lyrics by William Schermerhorn. “American River Suite” commemorates the 400th anniversary of the exploration of New York Harbor and the Hudson River.

In addition to McDonald (Ragtime, Carousel, Raisin in the Sun) and Menzel (Rent, Wicked), “American River Suite” will include the voices of the Choir Academy of Harlem.

“American River Suite” originally premiered as part of The New York Pops’ 26th Birthday Gala in April, featuring Menzel and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change, “Dreamgirls”).

The 9 PM Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration will be telecast live on NBC television and on 1010 WINS radio from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York Harbor.

– Playbill.com

Also, just a reminder that Chess in Concert is now available on CD & DVD in the US & UK (at Dress Circle)! However, the Warner Bros limited edition set that was/is available for pre-order was pushed back until July 21 to put finishing touches on the extras that come with it. Just an FYI.