Watch: Gorgeous Gala Celebration ‘MisCast21’

Logo image for MisCast21

Logo image for MisCast21

Michael and I loved this year’s installment of MisCast, the annual fundraiser for MCC Theater (Manhattan Class Company).

The annual gala celebration features artists performing songs from roles in which they wouldn’t traditionally be cast.

Performances in MisCast21 in order of appearance:

RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY performing THOSE MAGIC CHANGES from GREASE
MELISSA BARRERA and LESLIE GRACE performing WHAT YOU OWN from RENT
CHEYENNE JACKSON performing IF I WERE A BELL from GUYS AND DOLLS
JAI’LEN JOSEY performing OUT THERE from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
ROBIN DE JESÚS performing NOTHING from A CHORUS LINE
PATRICK WILSON performing THINK OF ME from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
LACHANZE performing WAIT FOR IT from HAMILTON
ANNALEIGH ASHFORD performing MISTER MISTOFFELEES from CATS
KELLY MARIE TRAN performing YOU AND ME (BUT MOSTLY ME) from THE BOOK OF MORMON
BILLY PORTER performing DIVA’S LAMENT from SPAMALOT
AARON TVEIT and GAVIN CREEL performing IN HIS EYES from JEKYLL AND HYDE
KELLI O’HARA performing BEAUTIFUL CITY from GODSPELL
IDINA MENZEL performing MORNING GLOW from PIPPIN

Broadway stars Billy Porter, Kelli O'Hara and Robin DeJesus
Broadway stars Billy Porter, Kelli O’Hara and Robin DeJesus

Funds raised from Miscast21 help MCC Theater produce new work Off-Broadway and support its Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students as well as MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights.

Hit the play button and enjoy. One thing I’ll say about the pandemic – it’s really helped artists to get really skilled at sharing their gifts in these virtual galas.

Christmas Music: Idina Menzel & Billy Porter ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’

Idina Menzel & Billy Porter (screen capture)

What’s hotter than two fabulous Tony Award winners – Billy Porter & Idina Menzel – wailing on a big band holiday tune?

Shining bright in the music video for “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” the duo throws down some fierce musical magic accompanied by back-up dancers and sparkles, sparkles, sparkles.

The track is from Menzel’s holiday album, Christmas: A Season of Love, which debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Classic chart.

In addition to Porter, the gorgeous holiday collection teams the Wicked star with Ariana Grande, Josh Gad, and her husband, Broadway veteran Aaron Lohr.

Both artists are in seemingly perpetual motion this holiday season.

Menzel’s latest movie project, the 2019 animated blockbuster Frozen 2, break all kinds of records scored the biggest global opening of all time for an animated feature and has so far banked over $1.5 billion.

Porter, an Emmy Award winner for his star turn on the FX series Pose, will be co-hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest this year.

Porter will also appear at Menzel’s Carnegie Hall concert on December 11.

AND – make sure you catch both artists performing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

#Busy

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#MacysParade rehearsal with the @ypcofnyc:✅! Tune in Thursday at 9AM (all time zones) on @NBC!

A post shared by Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) on

Christmas Music: Idina Menzel “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel (cover photo for Christmas Wishes)

Starting the week with this fantastic selection from Tony and Grammy Award winner Idina Menzel’s holiday CD, Christmas Wishes, which is gorgeous.

I’m a huge fan of Idina’s talent.

AND I’m happy to report, having met her briefly on a couple of occasions, she’s just as charming and beautiful in real life as you would want her to be.

You may recall her duet with Michael Buble, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” found it’s way to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Merry merry, y’all!

WICKED: 11 Elphabas Unite For The Arts In Epic ‘Defying Gravity’

Clockwise from top – Idina Menzel, Lindsay Mendez, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block

Eleven “Elpahbas” from the blockbuster musical Wicked unite to support the arts.

This epic “Defying Gravity” features (in order of appearance) Shoshana Bean, Eden Espinosa, Stephanie J. Block, Alexia Khadime, Julia Murney, Lindsay Mendez, Lindsay Pearce, Rachel Tucker, Jessica Vosk, Idina Menzel, and Kerry Ellis.

Excerpted from the virtual concert Shoshana Bean and Friends: An Evening of Broadway, which premiered live on July 13, 2020.

Shoshana organized the event to support and benefit the arts programs at her alma mater, Beaverton High School. Click here for more info and/or donate.

Folks, this is worth hitting play 😉

As the first comment on the YouTube page says, “This is what gay heaven sounds like.”

Watch Broadway Stars Perform LIVE From Home Today

Don’t forget to hit the play button below at 7pm ET/4pm PT today for the return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show LIVE! as she hosts a star-studded array of Broadway’s finest performing from their homes.

The event will serve as a fund-raiser for The Actor’s Fund,  which fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.

According to Broadway.com, the special program will feature performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, all participating live from the comfort of their own homes, including Sebastian Arcelus, Skylar Astin, Beth Behrs, Nate Berkus, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Broderick, Tituss Burgess, Norbert Leo Butz, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Harvey Fierstein, David Foster, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Hilty, Lorin Latarro, Judith Light, Barry Manilow, Rob McClure, Audra McDonald, Katharine McPhee, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lauren Patten, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Miranda Sings, Jordin Sparks, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley and more.

My Very Favorite Witches Reunite In Time For Halloween – “A Very Wicked Halloween”

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel reunite for “A Very Wicked Halloween”

OMG – it’s still Halloween, so I can still post my favorite witches!

NBC aired the fab “A Very Wicked Halloween” TV special this week and I loved it!

I saw the original cast twice and here we are 15 years later as the fab Broadway musical, Wicked, continues to kill it at the Gershwin Theater in New York City.

I love Wicked – it’s about women discovering their true power.

It’s about marginalized people coming to grips with their true power, and majesty.

It’s about owning who we are with pride.

Original stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunited for the special, and it was terrific.

Kristin performed “Popular,” Idina gave us “Defying Gravity,” pop star Ariana Grande delivered a terrific “The Wizard & I,” Ledisi and Adam Lambert (a former Wicked cast member) sang “As Long As You’re Mine,” and Grammy Award winners Pentatonix performed “What Is This Feeling?”

The finale of the special was Idina and Kristin joined by past ‘Elphabas’ and ‘Glindas’ for my husband’s favorite song from Wicked, “For Good.”

Check out the performances below.

Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth Reunite For WICKED’s 15th Anniversary

The blockbuster Broadway musical's original stars, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, will reunite for the show’s 15th anniversary this fall.
Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in “Wicked”
(photo: Joan Marcus)

 Wicked fans are about to lose their minds 🙂

The blockbuster Broadway musical’s original stars, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, will reunite for the show’s 15th anniversary this fall.

The duo who conquered Oz as “Glinda” (Chenoweth) and “Elphaba” (Menzel) will headline a special tribute concert on NBC in October.

The producers of Wicked offer this synposis:

Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

To refresh your memory, here’s the spectacular Tony Award performance in 2004 of the act one closer, “Defying Gravity.”

Joining the pair of Broadway veterans will be recording artists like Ariana Grande and Pentatonix with more guest stars to be announced..

NBC special programs and late night exec Doug Vaughan issued this statement about the casting coup:

“Wicked is a blockbuster musical playing all over the world and still selling out night after night after 15 years on Broadway, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Emmy and Tony-winning producer Marc Platt and the entire Wicked team to celebrate the enduring success of this show.”

The terrific twosome will return to Oz, on Monday, October 29, when the Wicked special airs on NBC.

In May of 2016, Kristin and Idina reunited for a special studio version of their duet, “For Good.”

Oh yeah, the magic is still there 🙂

Idina Menzel Surprises Young “Let It Go” Fan On ELLEN

Idina Menzel surprises young fan Luke Chacko on ELLEN

Earlier this year, a video went viral of 11-Year-Old Luke Chacko belting “Let It Go” in front of Frozen star Idina Menzel during a concert in Dallas.

Luke admits that the experience gave him strength as he’s been bullied at school having been called “gay” and “girl.” But Luke is strong. As he tells Ellen, “I’m a man of steel. These words can come at me and bounce back off. I’m like a rubber man of steel.”

Oh – and he has his own squad. “I have at least 12 people in my squad at school.”

Ellen invited the young guy to reprise his performance on her show this week, but the big moment was Idina herself showing up to surprise him.

This is awesome.

And, you’ve just GOT to see him kill “Let It Go” on national TV! You are not ready for this 🙂

Idina Menzel Hands The Mic To A Texas Boy And His “Let It Go” Steals The Show

That time that Broadway star Idina Menzel hands the mic to a young boy named Luke in Texas and he blows the crowd away with his chorus of “Let It Go.”

Via The Advocate:

During a rendition of “Let It Go” at a concert Sunday in Grand Prairie, Texas, the powerhouse Frozen singer invited a group of children to the stage. Then Menzel approached the only boy, who gave his name as Luke. She asked if he knew what song she was performing.

“’Let It Go,’ obviously!” said the boy, to the laughter and cheers of the crowd. “What kind of question is that?”

“Let me just tell you what I’ve been through,” said the singer, who explained that during her Idina Menzel World Tour, “every time a boy comes up, he tells me he doesn’t really like this song.” She recalled one young man saying he even preferred Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the film Trolls.

“Heck to the no!” Luke exclaimed. “I’m offended.”

A laughing Menzel handed the microphone to Luke and requested he sing the chorus of “Let It Go.” He blew the audience away. Menzel, impressed, even requested an encore, since the audience’s cheers drowned out part of his performance.

“Can you all just shut up for a minute and let him sing it again?” she asked. Afterward, Menzel remarked, “I can’t sing like that!”

(h/t Advocate)