Author: Heather

Idina Menzel Will Return to Broadway in REDWOOD!

Idina Menzel is heading back to Broadway early next year in her brand new musical, REDWOOD! The show is a “transportive new musical about one woman’s journey into the precious and precarious world of the redwood forest”. As we know, the show is extra special because Idina co-conceived it alongside writer & director Tina Landau and she’s credited with “additional contributions”.

“I’m so thrilled to be returning to Broadway, and the fact that I get to do it with Redwood, a musical that means so much to me, makes it even more special. This show has lived in my bones for fifteen years, from the very first time Tina and I discussed working together. Finally getting to do it on Broadway is really a dream come true.” – Idina Menzel

The score features music by Kate Diaz and lyrics by Tina & Kate. Per the New York Times, the production will be produced by Eva Price (“& Juliet”), Caroline Kaplan, a film producer, and Loudmouth Media (a company founded by Idina) and is being capitalized for up to $16 million.

A theater and additional casting have not been announced yet, so stay tuned. You can sign up for ticket notifications at 

I was lucky enough to see the sold out run in La Jolla, CA and I’m so excited to see it on Broadway! Also, if you’re seeing Idina on tour this Summer, she said she will be singing songs from the show!

Here’s a new promotional image:

‘Let It Go’ Certified Diamond by RIAA

‘Let It Go’ Certified Diamond by RIAA


‘Let It Go’ has been certified Diamond (10,000,000 units in the US) by RIAA! Idina Menzel was presented with the certification on American Idol Sunday night! Congratulations, Idina!! What an accomplishment!

Idina’s other RIAA certifications are:

For The First Time In Forever (Frozen) – 3x Platinum

For The First Time In Forever Reprise (Frozen) – Platinum

That Time of Year (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) – Gold

Into The Unknown (Frozen II) – 3x Platinum

Show Yourself (Frozen II) – 2x Platinum

Some Things Never Change (Frozen II) – Platinum

Holiday Wishes – Gold

Gold certification represents 500,000 units and Platinum represents 1,000,000 units. For certification purposes, digital downloads count as 1 unit and 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams count as 1 unit.

Idina Menzel Announces Take Me or Leave Me Summer Tour!

Very exciting news! Idina Menzel is going on tour! Idina announced the Take Me or Leave Me Tour this morning via an exclusive interview with Billboard.

“I was really missing the connection with my fans. […] I have my new musical Redwood at La Jolla Playhouse that I’m passionate about, and it’s been occupying me. I thought, if that goes through another iteration, I wanted to make sure I got my time with my fans from a personal perspective as opposed to through a character.”

The tour will feature tour will feature “an eclectic mix of hits from her own albums and jazz standards as well as musicals she’s performed in like Wicked, Rent and, of course, Frozen.” Read the full interview here.

July 19 – Seattle, Washington
July 21 – Oakland, California
July 23 – Los Angeles, California
July 25 – Mesa, Arizona
July 26 – Highland, California
July 27 – Las Vegas, Nevada
July 30 – Austin, Texas
July 31 – Dallas, Texas
August 2 – Atlanta, Georgia
August 3 – Charleston, South Carolina
August 4 – Orlando, Florida
August 6 – Auburn, Alabama
August 7 – Greenville, South Carolina
August 9 – Chicago, Illinois
August 10 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 11 – Detroit, Michigan
August 13 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 15 – New York, New York
August 16 – Hershey, Pennsylvania
August 17 – Washington, DC
August 18 – Greensboro, North Carolina

Presale tickets and VIP packages will be available starting on Wednesday (April 24) at 10 a.m. local time. General on-sale for tickets begins Friday (April 26) at 10 a.m. local time. Find venues and ticket information at

VIP Package details are as follows:


One premium reserved ticket in the first 10 rows

  • Priority entry into the venue
  • Access to an intimate pre-show performance with Idina Menzel
  • Moderated Q&A session with Idina Menzel
  • Group photograph in front of the stage with Idina Menzel
  • Autographed 8×10 photos
  • Idina Menzel journal notebook
  • Idina Menzel tote bag
  • Official VIP laminate & lanyard
  • Limited availability


One premium reserved ticket

  • Idina Menzel 8×10 photo
  • Idina Menzel journal notebook
  • Idina Menzel tote bag
  • Commemorative VIP laminate & lanyard
  • Limited availability
Listen: Idina Menzel Sings “Great Escape” from Redwood

Listen: Idina Menzel Sings “Great Escape” from Redwood

Billboard exclusively premiered a live version of “Great Escape” from Idina Menzel’s new musical, REDWOOD! Idina also spoke with them about the show, which has its sights set on Broadway(!!).

“Ever since Rent, I have made it a priority to originate roles and shine a light on new work. It takes lots of patience and fortitude, but there is truly nothing as rewarding as seeing your kernel of an idea fully realized with a group of people you love and admire so deeply.”- Idina Menzel

You can read the full interview on They also shared some exclusive backstage photos on Instagram:

I got to see the show this past weekend and LOVED it. I posted some non-spoiler thoughts and photos on Instagram. Great Escape was one of my favorite songs and the staging is spectacular. It’s definitely a WOW moment. I was really blown away by the show and how she got to use all the facets of her voice and show not just musical range but also acting range. It’s amazing that the show now exists when it was just an idea in her head years ago. What an accomplishment! All the kudos to her, Tina Landau and Kate Diaz.

REDWOOD is currently running at La Jolla Playhouse until March 31 and though the run is sold out, they do release tickets from time to time, so keep checking back. Check back in a couple of weeks because in April I’ll post a detailed summary of the show for those who weren’t able to see it. Detailed synopsis of REDWOOD.

Redwood Opens at La Jolla Playhouse

Idina Menzel’s newest musical, Redwood, officialy opened at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA on Sunday! Idina plays Jesse, a successful woman who seems to have it all, but inside, her heart is broken. Finding herself at a turning point, Jesse leaves everyone and everything behind, gets in her car and drives. Thousands of miles later, she hits the ancient forests of Northern California, where in the presence of the magnificent, towering redwoods, Jesse finds strange and powerful connections, an unexpected sense of community, and a chance at healing.

Per The San Diego Union-Tribune, Idina “gives a multi-hued, tour de force acting performance that is brittle, unfiltered, anxious, impulsive, heartbreaking and quite funny. Her famously robust voice delivers over and over in the intermissionless two-hour musical, where she never leaves the stage. But Menzel also imbues her songs with great delicacy, heart and emotion.”

BroadwayWorld says, “It must be an emotionally and physically exhausting character to play, but Menzel does it with ease and of course that unmistakable voice.”

Redwood is running through March 31 at the Potiker Theatre and also features De’Adre Aziza, Michael Park, Nkeki Ob-Melekwe, and Zachary Noah Piser. The show is sold out but tickets can become available daily, so keep checking back! You can also follow La Jolla Playhouse on Instagram as they post ticket releases in their stories.

I’ve also added some photos to the gallery:

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