Poll Time: How old are you?

Very quick poll to end the week, and an added question to make things more interesting than just clicking on options.

How did you discover Idina? What was the first movie/show/song you saw or listened to of hers?

For me, my first Idina “thing” was the Wicked OBCR. I was a huge fan of Pushing Daisies back then and really liked Kristin Chenoweth which led to listening to Wicked and really loving this “other girl’s” voice. I’ve been a fan ever since :)
And I’m 28.

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Redbook Magazine sneak peek and videos

While her jaw-dropping version of “Let It Go” became the anthem of 2014, Idina Menzel was quietly moving on after separating from husband Taye Diggs, recording a holiday album, headlining a Tony-nominated Broadway show… and panicking about raising her son, just like any mom.

On what inspired her to make Holiday Wishes, an album full of Christmas songs

“To be honest, my love for Christmas came when I started dating Taye. One of my fondest memories of our relationship was how we celebrated Christmas. He has a big family, so we would reserve Christmas Eve for ourselves. I wanted to be the good shiksa girlfriend.”

On how Frozen and John Travolta flubbing her name at the Oscars reset the course of her career

“It’s the best mistake that’s ever happened to me. Just having the kind of success where people might know my name—my real name! It took me a long time to stop chasing it and just embrace it.”

On starting to date again after her divorce

“I’m open to it. I just don’t have a lot of time. They’d have to meet me at, like, midnight after the show, and that’s kind of slutty, isn’t it?”

On being a single mother now and balancing her commitment to Broadway show, If/Then

“The guilt is the thing that we as women all feel, whether we stay at home or we work. There are a lot of double standards with the way the men in our lives see how we make those choices. I think there’s an accounting for how much time I spend with my son, and men don’t have to account for how much time they spend with their child. It hurts to feel that’s a judgment being made. Because we’re already judging ourselves.”

Read the full interview in the December/January issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands November 18.

All you have to do is listen to “Let It Go” once to know that Idina Menzel doesn’t hold anything back, which is at least part of the reason why we loved spending time with the musical powerhouse at her cover shoot—it also didn’t hurt that she regaled us with a tale about how she recovered from her most embarrassing moment (spoiler: It involves a wardrobe malfunction) and taught us how to sing in gibberish. When you watch this, you’ll see what we mean.


Upcoming (Christmas) Events

+ November 20 | iHeart Radio Theater performance, NYC
Win tickets for this concert here

+ November 24 | Bloomingdales, NYC

Bloomingdale’s will unwrap their highly anticipated holiday windows with Tony Award winning singer and actress, Idina Menzel. Menzel will be performing selections from her new album “Holiday Wishes”, and other favorites. She will be introduced with a special opening performance by iLuminate, the hit off-Broadway show everyone’s raving about that combines music, technology, and electrifying entertainers performing in light suits.

It all takes place on Monday, November 24, beginning with the unveiling at 6:15 p.m. and followed by the performances at Beacon Court.

This year’s windows invite onlookers to get in on the holiday fun with an entirely interactive experience. The high-tech windows include such features as games inspired by the Bloomingdale’s holiday GIFT A BOW mascot powered by The Science Project (you could receive a sweet surprise!), the opportunity to interact with the retailer’s social media channels, and more.

The Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship will be kicking off the party early at 3pm with the opportunity for shoppers to meet Menzel and pick up a copy of her new album to be signed by the artist herself.

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+ December 1 | Today Show, NYC

+ December 3 | Tree Lighting, NYC
More info at Idina’s official site

+ December 12 | Live with Kelly and Michael
+ December 15 | The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Whenever more info becomes available it’ll be posted on the site. Check the sidebar on the right for more.
Credit to Megan on tumblr for finding this.

Idina Menzel to Receive Honors at 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards

Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel will be two of the honorees at this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards, joining Taylor Swift as recipients at the Dec. 12 event in New York City.

Grande will receive the 2014 Billboard Rising Star award and Menzel will accept the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award, a new honor at the awards event that’s now in its ninth year. Swift has been previously named the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year.

[…Ariana Grande part…]

Tony Award-winning icon Menzel voiced Elsa in Disney’s massive global hit Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” that’s become a new classic in the Disney cartoon canon. With this song, she made history this year as the first singer with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

“I’m so honored to receive the Breakthrough Artist Award from Billboard,” said Menzel. “This has definitely been an amazing breakthrough year and I’m thrilled and humbled by it all, including this wonderful award.”

Menzel is currently starring in the Broadway production If/Then and her Christmas album Holiday Wishes debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, at its release last month.

“For Idina Menzel, who has influenced the charts for decades, 2014 was an utterly remarkable year by any measure,” said Min. “We are so proud to be able to give the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award to someone who so richly deserves it, and continues to both surprise and profoundly shape the industry.”

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BWW Album Awards + Forward50

BroadwayWorld.com is having its first annual BroadwayWorld Album Awards and Idina and her shows are nominated several times. Make sure to vote for your favorites!

Idina related categories are:

+ Best New Broadway Musical Cast Album
If/Then (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Cast Recording
Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
If/Then: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Live Album
LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony – Idina Menzel
Chess in Concert (2009 Concert Cast Recording)

+ Favorite All Time Solo Album and/or EP
I Stand – Idina Menzel
Still I Can’t Be Still – Idina Menzel

Vote here

In other news, Idina made the top 5 (#3, to be exact) of the Jewish Daily’s annual Forward50 list which lists the 50 American Jews who have had the most impact on US national story.
Here’s a short excerpt of Idina’s page, you can read more and watch a short video at the Forward50 site.

Sorry, Idina, but we’re not letting go.

From sexy Arendelle-inspired Halloween costumes to Olaf the Snowman cookies, America’s obsession with “Frozen” is alive and well, nearly a year after the film’s theatrical release.

At the heart of the craze is a voice — a powerful, emotional, Jewish voice. It’s a voice that continues to echo through the mouths of the nation, from small children to grandparents.

Idina Menzel’s contribution to 2013 pop culture is undoubtedly her role as Elsa the Snow Queen, who struggles to conquer her power to control snow and ice and use them for good rather than evil.

Her cry to “Let It Go” resonated with a new generation of Disney fans — and yes, more than a few older ones as well.

“Frozen” has so pervaded the collective mindset that it now seems like an obvious hit. But the plot could have been very, very different. Queen Elsa was originally slated as the movie’s villain. But when the producers heard “Let It Go,” they found that it made her too sympathetic. So they rewrote her as the flawed — but heroic — main character.

Menzel loved the change: “To my beautiful surprise, she was never ever the nemesis. She was just this misunderstood, beautiful young woman we could all relate to.

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