This spring, Tony winner Idina Menzel returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in nearly 10 years as the star of If/Then, a thoughtful musical about a woman starting over at the age of 40. It was a fitting role, given Menzel’s other marquee performance—a leading role in Disney’s Frozen, which quickly transformed her from beloved theater star to worldwide sensation. Here, Adele—er, Idina—talks her biggest career year yet.
I knew I had this movie coming out, and I was proud to be in it—any time you’re in a Disney movie, you’re stoked. And I was really happy I had this cool song. I knew Elsa was going to surprise people. But I didn’t know it would resonate so deeply and stir up so many young people to take ownership of the song. It’s a nice marriage of social media with a zeitgeist moment. Every day I receive a video from a friend of their daughter singing “Let It Go” in the backyard.
When I first heard it, they sent me a demo—[co-songwriter] Kristin Lopez sang it—and I thought, “Oh, shit, this is going to be hard to sing.” And I changed the key; I made it higher because I thought it would sound younger. READ FULL STORY