‘CHESS’ LIMITED EDITION BUNDLE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

IdinaMenzel.com is now offering an EXCLUSIVE limited edition package of Chess in Concert. For $34.99 (+ tax & shipping), you get the following:

– Exclusive 3-disc set (2CD/1DVD) (click READ MORE for full tracklisting)
– Full color booklet with cast photos & a synopsis written by Tim Rice
– Sheet music for “Anthem” and “I Know Him So Well”
– MP3 download of the 2CD audio content delivered to you on June 16th


The release date for this is June 30th, which is 2 weeks later than the June 16th date previously announced. However, if you purchase this package, you get the full audio sent to your computer on the 16th!

To purchase, click here.

Also, if you’re a member of the fan club, you’ll be treated to exclusive sneak peeks between now and the release. To join the fan club, click here.

I STAND BENEFIT 5/17 – ATLANTA, GA

The 2008 “I Stand” project from the So Beautiful Forum is still growing, a year later! Following the launch of Idina’s I Stand Facebook page, the first event benefitting under-priveleged youth is taking place in Atlanta, GA on May 17! Here’s the info on the event:

The I STAND Benefit marks the launch of the WE STAND Campaign as part of a diversity initiative at Pace Academy to make a difference in the lives of youth in some of the most under-served communities in Atlanta and around the world. Our mission is to partner with individuals, schools, and community based organizations to create educational outreach programs for youth to eradicate preconceived misconceptions and prejudices, as well as provide financial assistance to enhance education, develop leadership skills, and increase their understanding of what is possible for themselves and their community. Currently, we have an educational exchange program with Ron Clark Academy (http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/), as well as an on-going partnership with Youth On The Move in Peoplestown ATL, to create Keeping Pace, a summer empowerment program that we host at Pace Academy. This summer Pace students will travel to South Africa to partner with Ubuntu Education Fund (http://ubuntufund.org/) and add their voices to the cause of over 40,000 orphaned and vulnerable youth from HIV/AIDS in the townships of Port Elizabeth.

Idina ask[s] the question, What do you stand for? Diversity at Pace Academy: WE STAND for helping others to move forward.

Join us as we stand with a Broadway legend to raise money to create opportunities that will enable all youth to rise and stand in their potential.

Idina Menzel: I Stand
Sunday, May 17th at 3PM
The Hendrix-Chenault Theater
At The Lovett School
4075 Paces Ferry RD NW
Atlanta GA 30327

Special Performance from Pace Academy, Ron Clark Academy, and local art students.

General Admission tickets are just $25 and can be purchased by clicking here.

‘CHESS’ TRAILER PREMIERES

Hey folks! Head over to ABBA fansite icethesite.com to view their exclusive first look at the official trailer for CHESS in Concert. The video is a little touchy so be patient as it loads. Prepare yourself – it’s ridiculously fierce and amazingly dramatic!

Update!
A wonderful fan has uploaded the trailer to YouTube for everyone to access more easily. Watch it below!

CHESS Official Trailer
Description: Preview of CHESS: In Concert
Time: 2:15
Size: unknown

APPEARANCE UPDATES

Just a quick news update to report a few things:

– According to WBR, Idina will NOT be participating in The 24 Hour Musicals on April 13th as previously reported by theater websites and the production’s website.

UPDATE!
– She has been confirmed for the Dramatists Guild Gala, taking place on April 20th at the Millennium Hotel in New York City. Consider it safe to buy tickets at this link.

– She has been confirmed for the New York Pops Gala, taking place on April 27th at Carnegie Hall. Consider it safe to buy tickets at this link.

NEW YORK POPS GALA

Michael Feinstein, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian d’Arcy James, Idina Menzel, Anika Noni Rose, and Ashford & Simpson will perform at the New York Pops’ 26th Birthday Gala, to be held at Carnegie Hall on April 27 at 7 pm. Liz Smith will host the concert evening.

The evening will honor the popular cabaret space, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on its tenth anniversary, celebrating both Feinstein, who curates the space, and Loews Hotels Chief Executive, Jonathan Tisch. The event will also include a salute to New Amsterdam Rediscovered, a joint Dutch-American initiative celebrating the 400th anniversary of the exploration of New York Harbor and the Hudson River.

The New York Pops will be conducted by Steven Reineke, and the performance will mark the world premiere of the American River Suite written by Stephen Flaherty with lyrics by William Schermerhorn, dedicated to Henry Hudson’s historic voyage, and sung by Menzel and Rose.

Joining the orchestra will be 20 junior high school-aged students from The New York Pops’ Salute to Music who will perform “Conjunction Junction” and “Figure Eight” with Schoolhouse Rock composer Bob Dorough. Kids from the Ronald McDonald House of New York City will also join the orchestra to showcase their rock band talents.

For tickets and more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org. Prices range $55-85.

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