There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent. READ FULL STORY
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King Kong ain’t got s–t on superstar Denzel Washington (at least, not until the beast’s new musical declares a firm date next season), as the movie megastar touched down on Broadway for the first time since his Tony-winning turn in August Wilson’s Fences in 2010. And like that heralded revival, he once again got raves from most outlets. Also receiving raves this week was Wicked star Idina Menzel, who dazzles in If/Then, the new tuner by the Next to Normal team of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. And though the young fans who adore her voice in Frozen may, well, freeze at the prospect of their favorite snow queen Elsa singing a song called “What the F–k?”, her Tony buzz and emotion-rich work has assured her status in the Broadway diva pantheon. (And speaking of Frozen, EW posted video of Smash alum Jeremy Jordan nailing Menzel’s signature Disney tune “Let It Go.” Seriously, check it out.) READ FULL STORY
Given the smash success that the new Idina Menzel musical If/Then is already having (in her first Broadway outing since Wicked over 10 years ago), not to mention her headlining Disney’s most successful animated movie of all time with an Oscar-winning song to boot, it’s safe to say that Adele Dazeem will be fully put to rest. (RIP Adele Dazeem). Ms. Menzel, in the most challenging role of her career, has received raves for her performance as Elizabeth, a divorced city planner trying to carve out a new life in burgeoning NYC. In the intricate storyline, her two possible lives and outcomes are lived as either Liz or Beth — with eyeglasses shrewdly worn as a visual clue to the audience, and her choices also have a ripple effect on her colorful gallery of friends and probable love interests. READ FULL STORY
Is Kristen Bell Broadway bound?
The actress certainly hopes so. In an interview on EW Radio, she told host Mario Correa that she would like to be asked to participate in the upcoming stage version of Frozen, which would allow her to belt out tunes like “For the First Time in Forever” in front of a live audience.
“I certainly hope that they try!” Bell said about whether Disney would ask her to return. “Everybody in Frozen is a Broadway veteran so I certainly hope they try and wrangle us.”
Listen to the interview clip, where Bell also discusses her friend Adele Dazeem…er, Idina Menzel, below: READ FULL STORY
“Let It Go,” that inescapable anthem from Frozen, is empowering, inspiring, and, apparently, the ideal soundtrack to just about any movie.
Funny or Die has synced the Idina Menzel-sung track to memorable scenes from movies as varied as Garden State and Easy Rider. Suddenly, Natalie Portman helps Zach Braff realize he needs to “let go” of everything holding him back from living a fully realized life, while Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper become “one with the wind and the sky” on their existential motorcycle trek.
Kudos to the FoD team for including Pulp Fiction — yep, you can even do the twist to “Let It Go” – for its sly little nod to the John Travolta/Adele Dazeem incident.
On Monday’s Tonight Show, Menzel stopped by to debut the latest holdover sketch from Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night days: “[Song] with Classroom Instruments.” Accompanied, as always, by Fallon and The Roots, Menzel sang the catchy tune and looked like she was having a total blast. (This is what happens when John Travolta butchers your name, and now everyone knows who you are.)
Watch the fun below. Come for the tune, stay for the thrilled audience cheers throughout. And don’t worry: Idina totally crushes that glory note this time around. READ FULL STORY
The only thing worse than John Travolta’s hair at the Oscars was John Travolta’s horrible mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name. When Travolta took the stage to introduce Menzel’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song, “Let It Go,” from her movie Frozen, he asked the audience to “please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only, Adela Dazeem.” At least, that’s what we thought he said; it’s pretty tough to understand that quick mumble.
Get ready to sing along, Internet.
For the first time in forever, Idina Menzel performed the hit song from Frozen, “Let It Go,” at the Oscars earlier tonight. The Tony winner — who also performed the number in the film — belted out a shortened version of the already-iconic song.
After she performed, the song went on to win the Best Original Song Oscar, and, earlier in the evening, Frozen was also named Best Animated Film.
Watch Menzel’s performance below: READ FULL STORY
'Frozen': 'GMA' hosts epic nationwide sing-along with Idina Menzel, YouTube stars, gospel choirs, and more! -- VIDEO
Disney’s Frozen has become such a sensation that the question isn’t have you heard the Oscar-nominated song “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen, but how many times have you heard it today?
Well, it’s about to be at least one more! Good Morning America hosted an epic sing-along event Wednesday morning that spanned across New York City and the country with the addition of videos submitted by fans. Just a couple of days before performing the song at the Oscars, Idina Menzel kicked off the song along with her castmates for the new Broadway musical If/Then, which starts previews next week. From fancy figure skaters to glowing gospel choirs, everyone seems to be able to channel their inner-Elsa pretty well. Even Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Jack Hanna and the casts of Newsies and Avenue Q lend their vocal support.
Watch now below (and then probably watch again): READ FULL STORY
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