The actress who is Frozen’s Elsa

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Frozen’s Let It Go has inspired more than Disney fans. It’s also given a boost to the Broadway star behind it, who for years hid her talent and her true personality

Broadway stars are not typically known for their modesty: it takes a certain amount of self-belief to stand on stage, eight times a week, and hold an audience. And Idina Menzel has been doing that for two decades, ever since she got her break in the original production of Rent, through her award-winning, career-making role in Wicked, and now in If/Then, a year-long run of a show that was written for her.

As big a star as musical theatre has ever seen, she has over the past year become a bona fide star of the screen as well – after a fashion. Menzel is the voice of Elsa, the magical, ice-powered princess in Frozen, the most successful animated film of all time. Which means she is the voice of Let It Go, the girl-power anthem that roared, topping charts globally, inspiring YouTube tributes galore and winning an Oscar for best song.

And all of this means that she is suddenly the worldwide heroine nonpareil of little girls everywhere – even if they may initially be confused that a girlish, blonde Scandinavian royal is actually a 43-year-old raven-haired Jewish Long Islander.

“It depends on their age,” she says, asked whether many young Frozen fans understand who she is. “But more than you’d ever think. I remember some of those classic Disney songs from movies, and you knew the character but you didn’t know the person behind the song. But this is different, this is weird. All the little girls love Elsa but they also want to meet me. I think that’s because of social media, and their parents say, ‘Watch this, this is the girl at the Oscars.’
“I’ve been trying to understand why it’s helping me so much, personally. But then I think, ‘Oh, I should give myself some credit – maybe it’s the interpretation of the song that I gave.’”

Source: The Telegraph

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Tony Award winner® and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel performs on The Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate float at the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27.

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Idina Menzel Hosting Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner with B’dway Co-Stars

Idina Menzel is one of many stars who’ll be performing in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but she says after she’s done, she and the rest of the cast from her Broadway musical If/Then are going to chow down.

“A Broadway schedule doesn’t really leave a lot of time for a normal Thanksgiving. We do have the day off, so that’s great. So, yes, I will come home from the parade, but I’m making a bunch of my castmates come over, but it’s pot luck,” the Frozen star tells ABC News Radio, laughing. “I’m not cooking for them! I’m too tired! So everyone’s bringing something. I said I’d provide the turkey and they have to bring the rest.”

As for what she’ll be most thankful for this year, Idina tells ABC News Radio, “I’d say I’m thankful for my little boy for sort of showing me where my priorities are and giving me the real, true perspective on life.” That’d be Walker, her five-year-old son with her ex-husband, actor Taye Diggs.

“I’m thankful for all my friends and family that have been a great support system,” the Tony-winning star adds. “And then, thirdly, I’m thankful to get to do what I love — to sing and to act and to perform for a living.”

Idina is doing the full New York City holiday event rounds this year, in support of her new Christmas album Holiday Wishes. In addition to performing in the iconic parade, she’ll be singing at NBC’s annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting special, and earlier this week, she sang at the unveiling of the holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s flagship New York City store. Idina says it all brings her back to happy times growing up in the suburbs of New York City.

“I grew up in Long Island,” she tells ABC News Radio. “So my parents would bring my sister and I into the city all the time. We’d do the windows, and we’d go to Rockefeller Center and see a Broadway show. So, it’s a special time in my life. It’s got a lot of memories.”

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