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Idina Menzel and James Corden Had the Time Of Their Lives In This Incredible 'Dirty Dancing' Duet: WATCH


Newly minted Late Late Show host James Corden and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel had a blast from the past on Thursday's episode with an uproariously entertaining duet of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. 80s style backup dancers included.

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John Travolta Explains The 'Adele Dazeem' Incident: VIDEO


Last night's Oscars took an opportune moment to mock last year's legendary John Travolta flub: when he introduced Idina Menzel as  'Adele Dazeem'.

Menzel came out at this year's show and introduced Travolta as 'Glom Gazingo' before he came out and perplexed the audience once again by playing with her chin for a long time.

Well, Jimmy Kimmel cleared everything up on his post-Oscar show.

"Apparently I played with her chin too much," Travolta said, before explaining the entire 'Adele Dazeem' incident from beginning to end. And according to Travolta, the whole thing was actually Goldie Hawn's fault.

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Theatre News: JHud to Star in ‘The Color Purple,’ Plus John Cameron Mitchell, Vanessa Hudgens and Chita Rivera on Broadway


> Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut in The Color Purple this fall, producers announced this week. Based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name, the musical, with book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, originally premiered on Broadway in 2005 and ran for over two years. The new, pared-down revival directed by John Doyle transfers after a critically acclaimed run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013, and will be produced on Broadway by the show’s original team of Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Oprah Winfrey.

JCM2> John Cameron Mitchell begins his eight-week run as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on January 21. Mitchell, who penned the musical with Stephen Trask, created the title role Off Broadway in 1998 and starred the cult-favorite 2001 film, which he also adapted and directed. Check out our in-depth conversation with Mitchell about returning to the role of Hedwig here.

> Idina Menzel’s star-vehicle musical If/Then has announced a closing date of March 22 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Produced by David Stone (Wicked), directed by Michael Greif (Grey Gardens, Next to Normal), with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (Pulitzer winners for Next to Normal), the show opened last march and will have run for just over a year on Broadway.

Vanessa-hudgens-768> The Broadway-bound revival of Gigi, starring Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, will land at the Neil Simon theatre for previews beginning March 19 and an opening night of April 8, producers announced this week. Last seen on Broadway in 1974, the musical, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, is adapted from the 1958 movie of the same name and based on the 1994 novella by Colette. The new production directed by Eric Schaeffer features a revised book adaptation by Heidi Thomas and is currently in performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

> Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will return to Broadway in The Visit, a musical by songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) with book by Terrence McNally, at the Lyceum Theatre this spring. The musical, which was previously produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2001 and Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer, will also be directed by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company). Previews for the musical based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency begin March 26 for an opening night of April 23; Tony winner Roger Rees co-stars.

(Hudson: Anthony Mandler Courtesy of RCA, Hudgens: Matthew Murphy via People)

Watch This Adorable, Sleepy Puppy Sing Along to Frozen's 'Let It Go' - VIDEO


Even sleepy canines can't resist Idina Menzel's infectious "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen. 


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Idina Menzel Opens In ‘If/Then’ On Broadway: REVIEW

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After a nearly ten-year absence, Idina Menzel returns to Broadway in If/Then, an original yet hackneyed musical from Next to Normal writing team Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) that opened March 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. While fans of the Wicked star’s sonorous belt may be delighted to learn that Ms. Menzel does double duty—playing two versions of the story’s heroine as her life fatefully unfolds down divergent paths—its generic rom com stakes rarely justify her volume.

Idina Menzel and IF THEN Cast Photo By Joan MarcusIt’s not exactly source material, but those familiar with Peter Howitt’s 1998 film Sliding Doors may be hip to the concept here. A single event (i.e. whether Gwyneth Paltrow makes the train) dramatically affects the path her life takes from there, so we follow her through a pair of ‘if/then’ scenarios. In Elizabeth’s case, it’s her decision whether to hang out with one friend or another on what, as one of them describes in the musical’s opening line, “feels like a fateful day.”

From her first number “What If?,” it’s clear Elizabeth is feeling particularly indecisive lately. She’s just returned to New York City after over a decade living in Phoenix, where her soured marriage to a grad school sweetheart has caused her to question her judgment. She’s already made fast friends with her free-spirited neighbor Kate (LaChanze, a clear highlight) and reconnected with her old Vassar chum Lucas (Anthony Rapp).

Idina Menzel and James Snyder in If Then photo by Joan Marcus  40rWhen she accompanies her new pal to a concert in Brooklyn, she goes by Kate’s preferred nickname of ‘Liz,’ meets her leading man Josh (a charming James Snyder), misses an important call, and quickly dons a new pair of black-framed glasses to differentiate herself. When she decides to attend a housing activists’ event with Lucas, she goes by ‘Beth,’ takes the important call from another former grad-school flame (who offers her a primo job with the city), and predictably falls into ill-advised romantic encounters with both.

Elizabeth’s vocation as an urban planner is just one of the plot’s overdetermined elements, which include Lucas being bisexual (and in pursuit of a different sex in each plot), and a dual incidence of the typical surprise in any story about a woman (hint: it happened to Gwyneth’s character too).

LaChanze and Anthony Rapp in IF THEN photo by Joan Marcus 801Director Michael Grief (Rent, Next to Normal) brings his usual geometry to bear on Mark Wendland’s spick-and-span set, which more readily resembles an expressively lit yoga studio than the streets of New York City (a giant suspended mirror with obvious symbolic significance also seems an attempt to add visual interest).

For all its questioning of fate, actions and reactions, If/Then neatly fills in the blanks implied by its title: If a woman wants to have a successful, fulfilling career, then she’ll be hapless in love and generally rather joyless. The opposite is also true: If she compromises her career goals, she can more readily dedicate herself to her family and friends. Fortunately, it need not be a conscious decision—fate (or the men in her life) can make the choice for her just as well.  

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Gay Iconography: All Hail Disney Queen Idina Menzel


Long before Queen Elsa conjured up her custom icy couture in Disney's Frozen, the LGBT community was already warmed to Idina Menzel. The Broadway star, who is in the midst of a huge surge in prominence, was embraced before Travolta massacred the name, before she ever appeared on Glee, hell, even before Wicked. She's been a Broadway sensation and fixture in the gay community since appearing Rent in 1996.

"My most beloved audience is my gay friends," she told MetroWeekly in 2010. "And my most vocal audience is my gay friends."

To show her support, Menzel has performed at benefits for The Trevor Project, participated in the NOH8 campaign and appeared in videos and designed t-shirts for the Give A Damn Campaign.

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