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

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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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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

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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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: joan marcus)


Gay Iconography: All Hail Disney Queen Idina Menzel

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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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Randy Rainbow's Incredible Musical Tribute to 'Adele Dazeem' Will Have You Tongue-Tied: VIDEO

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On Sunday night Adele Dazeem entered our world like a comet, and now comes on out of this world, appropriately mispronounced musical tribute to the new star from Randy Rainbow.

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John Travolta Releases Statement on 'Adele Dazeem' Incident

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John Travolta has released a statement on the 'Adele Dazeem' Oscars incident:

"I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought ... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"


Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform 'Let It Go' on Kid's Instruments: VIDEO

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Adele Dazim joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for a totally awesome, romping cover of Frozen's "Let It Go" played on kid's instruments.

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