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Idina Menzel & Laura Veltz Participate in Oscar Shortlist Q&A

Idina Menzel & Laura Veltz Participate in Oscar Shortlist Q&A

 

As we know, “Dream Girl” from Cinderella is one of 15 songs on the Academy Awards “Best Original Song” shortlist! Idina Menzel and her co-writer, Laura Veltz, participated in a Gold Derby roundtable featuring songwriters on the Academy Awards “Best Original Song” shortlist last night! First they had a solo Q&A moderated by Rob Licuria and then they participated in a group conversation at the end. Other featured songwriters were: Ron Mael and Russell Mael (‘Annette’), Nicholai Baxter (‘CODA’), Taura Stinson (‘Don’t Look Up’), Diane Warren (‘Four Good Days’) and Jamie Hartman (‘Respect’).

Idina & Cara Announce ‘Loud Mouse’!

Idina Menzel and her sister, Cara Mentzel, announced their new children’s book called Loud Mouse in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE! Loud Mouse is an illustrated book for kids ages 3-5 and will be released on September 27! Here’s the adorable synopsis:

Dee loves to sing. She sings during her morning yoga. She even sings while practicing her math facts. She usually sings to herself. But when her teacher asks everyone to share something with the class, Dee knows just what to bring: a song. And as Dee sings la, la, la, la, LOUDly in front of her class for the first time, something extraordinary happens. . . .

They also shared that Idina is recording a song for the book! Idina told PEOPLE that Cara said, “Just don’t write a song that people like me and moms and teachers can’t sing.” Pre-order Loud Mouse now!

Here’s what they each had to say on Twitter today:

 

 

‘Dream Girl’ on Academy Awards Shortlist!

The Academy Awards announced the shortlists for the upcoming 2022 ceremony, including Best Original Song, and Idina Menzel’s “Dream Girl” is on the list! You may recall that Idina wrote the song with Laura Veltz, so if the song is nominated, she will officially be an Oscar nominee! And if the song wins, she would be halfway towards an EGOT!

Idina tweeted: Thanks @KayKayCannon for giving @lauraveltz and me this incredible opportunity! We are so excited and honored to be on such a friggin awesome list. #Oscars #DreamGirl #CinderellaMovie

Here are the 15 original songs shortlisted from the 84 eligible:

“So May We Start?” from Annette“Down To Joy” from Belfast“Right Where I Belong” from Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road“Automatic Woman” from Bruised“Dream Girl” from Cinderella“Beyond The Shore” from CODA“The Anonymous Ones” from Dear Evan Hansen“Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days“Guns Go Bang” from The Harder They Fall“Be Alive” from King Richard“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect“Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2

Idina and Laura spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their collaboration in this week’s issue:

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Final voting will begin on January 27 and the final nominations will be announced on February 8, so cross your fingers! The show is set to air on March 27 on ABC.

WILD: A Musical Becoming on Sale Now!

Tickets to see Idina Menzel perform live in WILD: A Musical Becoming at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA are on sale now!

WILD: A Musical Becoming is a new musical fable about a single mother struggling to hold on to her family farm and connect with her teenage daughter, whose determination to save the planet endows her and her friends with powers they never knew they had. Driven by the escalating climate crisis and created by Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler; In the Body of the World, The Vagina Monologues), Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons), and songwriter Caroline Pennell (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez) and directed by Diane Paulus, WILD features Tony Award-winning performer and songwriter Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked, Frozen) as a parent confronting what it means for her family and her community to survive in a world facing mass extinction.

Idina has been working on WILD (formerly known as The Circle of Becoming) for quite some time. ART held a virtual behind the scenes event earlier this year and Idina tweeted a video of her, V, Caroline and Justin working together in the studio in October 2019. Tickets start at just $25 and they are going fast, so get yours now!

Important Note: Idina is confirmed to perform December 5 – 23, 2021. Casting for remaining performances will be announced at a later date. Also note that the theater has COVID protocols in place and they can be reviewed here.

Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Perform ‘For Good’ at “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!”

Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Perform ‘For Good’ at “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!”


 
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited at last night’s “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” event! The duo performed a very moving rendition of WICKED’s “For Good” as part of a segment featuring the best of Broadway duets. Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal followed with their own performance of “What You Own” from another musical you may know, RENT!

I’ve added photos of Idina performing as well as backstage to the gallery:

 

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