Idina Menzel doesn’t do anything halfway – even when she’s deciding on her gay faves. “It’s so silly,” says the homo-hearted theater queen, surfing Google for “hot gay male celebrities.” Her assistant even gets involved. “This is very important stuff,” Menzel giggles, fully immersed in her search to name her current gay crush.
Neil Patrick Harris? Too typical. George Michael? Maybe 20 years ago.
“Oh, I could do a woman” she realizes, before catching the unintentional humor in that: “I mean, not do a woman.”
And on she goes, scouring the web relentlessly. Again, she laughs. “(My assistant) just went onto a gay porn site. That’s helpful!”
Ten minutes later, she’s got it: Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes and Anderson Cooper, because “that makes me sound really smart.” Not that she has to sound anything except beautiful, and that she already does – as demonstrated in her 20 years on stage, from “Rent” to “Wicked” (originating the roles of Maureen and Elphaba, respectively), and as a cradle-robber on “Glee.”
Now the ever-sweet Broadway diva has a new live album, “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” airing on PBS Saturday, before she hits the road this summer for a series of tour dates (Menzel will perform June 27 at the Detroit Opera House; tickets are on sale Monday, March 5). She caught up with us recently to talk toes, hubby Taye Diggs’ gay tendency and learning the real definition of “white party.”
“Barefoot at the Symphony” is the name of the new album – do you have nice feet?
They’re all right. My toes are pretty in proportion to each other. No weird toes.
Is the second toe longer than the big toe?
No, they’re actually nice like that. It’s just that – from working out and stuff – my heels are always dry. But the toes are nice!
Will your tour be a lot like this album?