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Idina on CBS This Morning + Details on ‘The Circle of Becoming’

Idina on CBS This Morning + Details on ‘The Circle of Becoming’

 

Idina Menzel appeared on CBS This Morning on Tuesday morning to discuss the 25th Anniversary of RENT ahead of her appearance at New York Theatre Workshop’s fundraiser, 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE. You can watch the segment above and listen to an extended interview with Idina here. If you missed the fundraiser, streaming passes are still available for $25 until Saturday, March 6 at 8 PM.

On Tuesday Idina also participated in the American Repertory Theater’s Behind The Scenes event of a new musical project she’s working on, THE CIRCLE OF BECOMING. Idina is developing the project with writer V (formerly Eve Ensler), songwriter Justin Tranter, and director Diane Paulus. The musical is described as “a wild new musical fairy tale about a teenage girl whose determination to save the planet endows her and her friends with powers they never knew they had.” The show will tackle the topic of climate change and the role of the teenage girl’s mother is being developed for Idina. They shared a few early demos of songs they’ve written for the show and after the main event, they shared one of Idina’s songs in a special after-show discussion! The project is still in the very early stages of development. Diane Paulus shared that they have not read the work aloud yet or had any workshops and about 50% of the songs still have to be written so Idina, Justin and V will be getting together again (safely!) in the near future to write more songs. It will be fun to hopefully watch the show progress to the stage!

Idina’s Treehouse Premiere!

Idina’s Treehouse Premiere!

The first episode of Idina’s Treehouse is here! The adorable iPhone shot series features story time, a song, and Idina’s friends, Aunt Cara (her sister!), Farmer Scott, and Mrs. Roper!

Idina said the following in a statement to Variety: “Just something I started working on during quarantine. Hope you all like it. In search of a little peace and quiet during lockdown and stressful homeschooling, I took refuge in my son Walker’s treehouse. Started talking and singing to myself. Delirium? Stir crazy? Mother gone mad? I offer up myself for your children’s amusement.”

Idina Announces Idina’s Treehouse

On Monday, December 28 Idina Menzel will debut a new kid-friendly series! Idina’s Treehouse will feature story-time, sing-along musical performances, and more from the treehouse in Idina’s own backyard. She built the treehouse for her son Walker, but he rarely uses it. We got a look at the treehouse when Idina performed on Houseparty’s “In The House” series earlier this year. Idina said she got the idea for the show after recording a song in the treehouse earlier this year. She needed a creative outlet and something to do while isolating at home so this was her project! Idina’s sister Cara, a school teacher, will also make appearances on the show.

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Idina Participates in ‘You’re A Green One, Mr. Finch’

Idina Participates in ‘You’re A Green One, Mr. Finch’

Idina Menzel participated in the Broadway Green Alliance’s virtual fundraiser, ‘You’re a Green One, Mr. Finch’ last night! The musical comedy follows the untold story of Mr. Finch, the Grinch’s disgruntled cousin, as he sets about to make the holiday season all about him but instead learns what it really means to have a green and sustainable holiday. Idina had a short scene which is above.

The stream also featured Elizabeth Stanley, George Salazar, Javier Muñoz, Michael James Scott, The Fates of Hadestown (Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad), DeAnne Stewart and Laurel Harris, Ben Cameron, Ann Harada, Lesli Margherita, and the Broadway Princess Party, featuring Susan Egan, Laura Osnes, and Courtney Reed.

Donations to BCEFA are encouraged to support the Broadway Green Alliance, which was not able to receive its annual funds this year due to the pandemic. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is generously matching donations up to $15,000, for a total match challenge of $30,000.

Idina Headlines The USO’s MVP Holiday Special!

Idina Headlines The USO’s MVP Holiday Special!

 

Idina Menzel headlined The USO’s MVP Holiday Special with a concert performance last night! It was a wonderful show so I highly recommend you check it out above. A few standouts for me were “At This Table” with her co-writer, Jonas Myrin, a newly arranged “Defying Gravity” and a new song called “Just A Breath Away (Noel). It was a very special event celebrating our service men and women. Idina spoke ahead of the event and you can watch her interview here:

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