Idina made a special surprise appearance on the most recent episode of the BBC1 TV program, “I’d Do Anything” – a reality talent competition in the UK searching for new unknown leads of the upcoming West End revival of Oliver!. Since Idina has obviously been spending some time in London recently, she made a pit stop by the rehearsal studio to work with one of the “Nancy” contestants, Samantha Barks, who had picked none other than “Defying Gravity” as her song choice that week.

One awesome fan posted the video on YouTube, so even though it’s been a few days, I wanted to post it here. It’s short, but totally incredible! Can you imagine singing “Defying Gravity” for Idina to critique?? I don’t think I could do it! wassat

Idina on “I’d Do Anything” – May 17, 2008
Description: Surprise guest in rehearsal studio
Time: 0:56
Size: unknown


As some of you may know, there are definitely some audio and video clips floating around the internet of Idina in the Chess Concert. While Idina-Here does not post fully illegal recordings, we do like to post snipets of songs for everyone to preview and enjoy (particularly those who didn’t get the chance to see it live.)

That being said, thanks to a very skilled and generous person on the Idina Menzel Worship Live Journal page, I’ve been able to cut up short clips of several of Idina’s songs from the show. I still have to go through the less well-known songs, so more might be added, but these are the significant tracks from the show.

Links are posted below, as well as in the Theatre Audio Clips section. Enjoy! (Remember to right-click and Save-As to download to your computer.)

  • “Nobody’s Side” | length: 1:00 | size: 1.13 MB
  • “Mountain Duet” (feat. Josh Groban) | length: 1:25 | size: 1.62 MB
  • “Florence Quits” (feat. Adam Pascal) | length: 0:30 | size: 592 KB
  • “Heaven Help My Heart” | length: 0:58 | size: 1.11 MB
  • “You and I” (feat. Josh Groban) | length: 0:38 | size: 746 KB
  • “I Know Him So Well” (feat. Kerry Ellis) | length: 0:58 | size: 1.11 MB
  • “You and I (reprise)” (feat. Josh Groban) | length: 1:12 | size: 1.38 MB

    NOTE: Tracks are clips, NOT the full songs! Please do not contact me for the full .mp3 – if you really want to find it, you’ll have to visit the board communities… wassat


    Another new concert has been added to Idina’s busy schedule! This time, the show will take place on Wednesday, June 25 @ NYC’s Town Hall @ 8PM. This will be her first concert in NYC for the general public (as opposed to the PBS special concert), so this is a big deal for everyone in the area! Pre-sale tickets for Nokia customers go on sale 5/16 @ 10AM, and then for General buyers on 5/19 @ 12-noon. Don’t miss out! Click here for more information.

    And remember, Idina is currently scheduled for the following concerts/appearances:

    • Sat. MAY 17 @ Dress Circle (1PM) in London, UK (infonote: CD SIGNING)
    • Sat. MAY 17 @ G-A-Y Bar (1 AM) in London, UK (infonote: NOT FULL CONCERT)
    • Tue. MAY 20 @ Ambassador’s Theatre in London, UK (infosold out!)
    • Sun. MAY 25 @ West Lawn of U.S. Capital Building (5PM) in Washington, D.C.
      – (live concert event for PBS Memorial Day – free admission!)
    • Fri. JUNE 20 @ Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego, CA (tickets)
    • Wed. JUNE 25 @ Town Hall in New York City (info | tickets
    • Fri. JULY 18 @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA (info | tickets)

    I hope you guys can attend some of these!


    Idina recently did a quick interview with WhatsOnStage.com, discussing her “Past, Present, & Future.” The interview can be read by clicking here.

    In the interview, Idina discusses her most recent stage endeavor, Chess. Tonight was the premiere performance of the Chess concert in London, featuring Idina alongside Josh Groban, Kerry Ellis, and Idina’s Rent co-star, Adam Pascal. The show runs tonight and tomorrow night.

    Idina also reveals that her appearance at G-A-Y Bar this coming Saturday will begin at 1:00am, and she will be singing remixes of “Gorgeous” from her “I Stand” album, as well as her hit, “Defying Gravity.”

    Did anyone see tonight’s performance of Chess?? How did our girl do? tongue


    AOL Music just posted a whole handful of phenomenal Idina performance vids, as well as a bunch of short interview videos! The AOL Music Sessions page includes 5 Q&A vids, along with 4 full performance vids (including “Brave,” “Gorgeous,” “I Stand,” and “My Own Worst Enemy.”) I will hopefully be adding all the videos (at least links) to the Video Archive, but until then, click on the link below to watch all the videos. tongue