The Big Issue, a UK magazine, featured an exclusive interview with Idina Menzel. Idina’s alter-ego, Elsa, was featured on the cover. Here’s an excerpt:
New York also seems to have caught Frozen fever. The city is just emerging from a long, hard winter as The Big Issue shares a taxi with Menzel, on her way to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street.
“The cold really bothers me,” Menzel says. “I have to sing and I can’t get sick so when I get sick it’s not fun.”
Before she was Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, Menzel, 43, was Queen of Broadway. In the mid-1990s she starred in the original production of Rent, before donning green face paint and winning a Tony Award for playing Elphaba, the misunderstood Witch of the West in Wicked. Her latest show If/Then, in which she plays a new divorcee looking for a fresh start, is in its final week after a year of sold-out performances.
“It’s bitter sweet,” she says as the taxi pulls up. “It has been the most rewarding and most exhausting experience. When I’m gone from the theatre too long I really start to miss it. I like the consistency in an industry where it’s so ephemeral. It’s nice to know you have a place to go every day and do your job as an artist. But I’m ready for a break.”
Idina Menzel is nominated for a Billboard Music Award! Idina is up for the Top Streaming Song (Video) award for ‘Let It Go’!
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions — measurements that are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014, through March 8, 2015.
The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC, so tune in!
James Snyder’s final ‘If/Then’ vlog, ‘Hey Kid’, is now available! James took a few minutes to chat with Idina (starting at 10:33) and reflect on the show and their year. Stick around until 22:50 to see Idina’s mom, and 23:30 for an amusing cast rendition of “Mediocre Rhymes”