Check out a couple more video sneak peeks from Idina’s new album & DVD “Barefoot at the Symphony”. The album and DVD are available now so go get them!
If you really really want her album (which you do, trust me) go ahead and email me (email@example.com) to be entered to win a digital copy! Send me your first & last name as well as your email address – the first THREE people will win! One entry per person, please.
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Question: I’m probably asking too much but could you maybe tell me if Shelby will back on Glee? She mysteriously disappeared and didn’t even show up to Finchel’s wedding, which was weird. —Anastasia
Ausiello: No sign of her for the foreseeable future, I’m afraid. Actually, scratch that — I’m not the least bit afraid. Good riddance, I say. I was never a fan of that character.
News of Idina’s tour hit the interwebs yesterday and now you can get a sneak peek at the lovely Idina Mezel singing “Poker Face” during Barefoot at the Symphony. Her album comes out March 6th in all its glory! Be sure to check back for more news. In the mean time, watch and fall in love!
You can find out all the information for Idina’s tour here! I’ll be at the Philly show for sure 🙂
The actress tells THR about first receiving the script for the Fox show, “I was having a baby, I was really fat and I get a script for ‘Glee’.”
TORONTO – Stage and screen star Idina Menzel has originated the role of the green-skinned Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent.
And the Broadway belter has a recurring guest star role as Rachel’s biological mother on Fox’s Glee.
But nothing compares to when Menzel and husband and Private Practice star Taye Diggs had a baby son, Walker Diggs.
“To me, it was a gift to have this intense love for someone that I’d never felt before, for a child, that makes you feel better than anything else you’ve done,” Menzel said backstage after performing over two nights for an upcoming PBS TV special recorded in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall.
She explained parenthood has changed her from a talented, yet self-absorbed artist bedeviled by doubts to enjoying first-time fulfillment.
“Ever since I had my son, I have more of a cup half-full perspective on life that he (Walker) has given me,” Menzel said with a broad smile.
“If I screwed up a high note, I go easier on myself,” she added, knowing as a mother she has a baby boy back home who loves her.
Menzel marked another milestone in Toronto, taking the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra and legendary maestro Marvin Hamlisch through a medley of hit songs from Glee, Wicked and Rent, and stories from a career that took her from a wedding singer in Long Island, New York to arousing bravos on Broadway and screen appearances.
For Menzel, a first-time TV special is about showing fans that connect her success with role-playing that she’s far more than just a Belle of Broadway with an acting bug.
“Everyone wants to pigeon-hole you, in my case as a green witch for Wicked or a rock singer for Rent,” she said.
“This (PBS special) gives you an opportunity to be myself and be genuine and to show a wide spectrum of talents,” Menzel added.
That proposition will be tested soon enough as Menzel’s PBS TV special to air in March 2012 will be followed by a live album and a DVD release.
The chance to be herself also follows Menzel and Hamlisch polishing her one-woman concert show performed with a host of orchestras in the U.S. and at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Her solo numbers are intertwined with set-up stories that recall being told by a bandleader to carry on singing during a wedding gig as a man had a heart attack on the dance floor “because the band always plays on, like it’s the Titanic,” or embarrassing herself in university by singing Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” to impress a teacher she had a crush on who turned out to be gay.
She also tells, and colorfully embellishes, a story about being ignored at a dinner table by Barbara Streisand after she performed for her at a Kennedy Center Honors concert, only to learn at the end of the meal that the Broadway legend forgot her glasses and didn’t make out Menzel performing on stage.
Menzel also told of meeting Taye Diggs in 1996 on the Broadway set of Rent – “Did a little too much flirting back-stage, you know what I mean ladies?” – and of landing a recurring role on Glee after doubting she’d ever get work again after her pregnancy.
“I was having a baby, I was really fat and I get a script for Glee,” she recalled before the Gleeks in the Toronto audience erupted with cheers for her rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”
“I think it’s important to be vulnerable and intimate with an audience,” Menzel says backstage as around her the PBS production crew packed up for the morning flight back home across the border.
As if to underline that point, Menzel towards the end of her PBS special walked to the front of the acoustically perfect Koerner Hall stage, dropped her microphone, and filled the silent hall with an a cappella version of “For Good” from Wicked.
“’For Good,’ that’s my favorite part of the show. It’s stripped down, there’s no orchestra you can hide behind,” she explained.
Just hours before the second episode of “Glee’s” third season hits the airwaves, Zap2it talked with Idina Menzel, who returns Tuesday (Sept. 27) as Shelby Corcoran, erstwhile Vocal Adrenalin coach, Rachel’s (Lea Michele’s) birth mother and adoptive mother of Quinn’s (Dianna Agron’s) baby.
Without giving away too much, let’s just say Menzel will be around McKinley High for a while since she’s signed on as a teacher. In Tuesday’s episode — “I Am Unicorn” — she sings a heart-wrenching duet of “West Side Story’s” “Somewhere” with Rachel and does her best to blend in although (as will be made clear in the episode) she’s bound to shake things up a bit.
Outside of “Glee,” Menzel is keeping busy with a tour — she’ll be playing Los Angeles’ Greek Theater on Oct. 22 and is flying to London later this week for a symphony-accompanied show at the Royal Albert Hall.
Some excerpts from our spoiler-free interview:
Do you have some idea of where your character ends up at the end of this season?
Idina Menzel: “I have no idea. Are you kidding? I barely have any idea what my character is doing in the next episode. But there are good vibes on the set, everybody’s working well together.”
Quinn may be waffling on her decision to give up her baby, Beth. That’s serious stuff, eh?
“As a mother, I can’t imagine having done what I did to Lea’s character. You learn that you can’t judge your own characters. They may have similarities to who we are. I’m just happy to be doing a really great story line and working with so many different characters on the show.”
Any songs you’re just dying to sing on “Glee”?
I was telling Ryan Murphy I would love to bring back some classic Whitney Houston. Several of her songs I would love to try to do justice to. Also Olita Adams, “Get Here.” It’s one of my favorite songs.
What about show tunes?
“They’ve done “Rent,” “Wicked” and are touching on “West Side Story” — there’s some Sondheim we could do. The truth is that that’s what is really terrific about the show. It’s really, I think, educating the audiences on what goes into the life of someone who has an 8-shows-a-week kind of life. It’s not the theater, but they can see how much work these kids are doing.”
Who does your character identify with more: Rachel or Quinn?
“Rachel’s my daughter, but Quinn’s more of a bada**. The person who wants to be a star in me is obviously passed on in Rachel, but there’s a real regret in the character for giving up her child so she’s going to have a lot in common with Quinn and that anger and resentment.”
There was talk earlier this year of you having your own show in development at ABC. Is that still on the table?
“Yes, absolutely, but it’s been put on hold now. It’s sort of based on my own experience as a wedding singer when I was 15-16 years old and the idea that I never got out of there and that’s what I kept doing. But right now I’m trying to focus on my son and ‘Glee.'”
Shelby’s returning to explore her relationship with her daughter and to confront some of the issues she has with Puck and Quinn, because, as people might remember, I adopted their little girl. I really work hard at regaining Rachel’s trust and also want to give Quinn and Puck a chance to be a part of their daughter’s life. And I get to sing great duets with Lea [Michele] obviously.
What do you hope to see happen?
I hope that Shelby gets her own Broadway show! They do Gypsy and I play Rose and Lea can play Louise. We both go to New York and get cast in Gypsy together. I’m totally making this up, I have no idea.
If you could sing any song on GLEE, what would you choose?
I’d love to sing some Whitney Houston! I’d like to do some classic Whitney.