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!