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The Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel will return to Broadway next spring for the first time since “Wicked” to star in a new musical, “If/Then,” about a woman who moves to New York seeking a fresh start as she prepares to turn 40, the show’s producer, David Stone, announced on Thursday.

“If/Then” will also be the first Broadway production by the composer Tom Kitt and the lyricist and book writer Brian Yorkey since their critically acclaimed 2009 musical, “Next to Normal,” which won three Tonys – including one for best score – as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Like “Next to Normal,” which centered on a mother struggling with mental illness, “If/Then” is a contemporary-sounding musical about a strongly drawn female protagonist, Elizabeth, who Ms. Menzel described in a statement as “complex, flawed, and surprising.” Beyond Elizabeth’s goals – a new home and friends, and hopes for a resurgent career – little else was revealed about the character in the announcement Thursday, although the titles of two of Elizabeth’s songs – “Here I Go” and “You Learn to Live Without” – offer some flavor. Ms. Menzel is expected to perform those songs on Friday at an American Songbook series concert featuring the work of Mr. Kitt and Mr. Yorkey.

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Idina's been singing this in the encore of her concerts since last June - this confirms what we had been suspecting: it's from her new show.

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Idina's Returning to the UK!

JUST ANNOUNCED!  One year after her sold out performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, Idina will be returning to the United Kingdom for a three-city tour.

She is bringing her ongoing North American tour to London, Manchester, and Edinburgh in October.  Tickets range £25 to £65 and are on sale beginning Friday, July 6 at 10:00AM UK time at and box offices.  Idina's complete UK schedule is:

08 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre6 July, 10AM
09 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre6 July, 10AM
10 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre6 July, 10AM
12 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre6 July, 10AM
13 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre6 July, 10AM
14 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre-4:00PM6 July, 10AM
14 Oct 2012LondonApollo Theatre-8:00PM6 July, 10AM
16 Oct 2012EdinburghUsher Hall6 July, 10AM
18 Oct 2012ManchesterPalace Theatre6 July, 10AM

 To connect with other fans and follow that chatter about Idina's return to the United Kingdom, use and track #IdinaUK on Twitter.

Additional North American tour dates are available on the tour page.
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Idina cast in Disney's FROZEN

Better late than never in posting this here? lol

We're excited to announce that Idina has been cast in Disney's next animated feature film, Frozen. Based upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale entitled "The Snow Queen," Idina will voice the title character of the Snow Queen. "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell will also be voicing the other lead character. According to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:

The Wicked Witch of Oz might be turning green with envy (if she wasn’t already, obviously). Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for originating the role of misunderstood Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, will be playing a different type of sorceress in Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming Frozen, loosely based on 1845′s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Kristen Bell will costar as Anna, a young girl who ventures to find Menzel’s Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter that has fallen over their mythical kingdom, the studio announced today.

The movie, of course, will have a musical element, with original songs by Broadway’s Robert Lopez (a two-time Tony winner for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon) and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who worked with him on Disney’s 2011 Winnie the Pooh.)

Still uncast in the movie is the role of the leading man, Kristoff, a mountain climber who leads Anna on her quest through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen.

The digitally animated feature will open in November 2013 and is being directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, The Princess and the Frog).

Andersen’s writings, of course, provided source material for the movie that led to Walt Disney Animation’s renaissance in 1989 — The Little Mermaid, another loose adaptation of a classic tale whose popularity today is testament to its, let’s say, legs.
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North American 2012 Tour Dates

Hot on the heels of her wildly successful 2011 Symphony Tour, Idina will be hitting the road again with a brand new show on an extensive North American tour!   Fan pre-sales begin today for many venues, so be sure to check the site for your city!   Visit the tour page for continually updated pre-sale and on-sale ticketing information.  

06.01.12Vancouver, BCThe Centre in Vancouver for Perf Arts03.06.12
06.02.12Seattle, WAThe Paramount TheatreTBD
06.03.12Portland, ORPortland Center for the Arts: Keller Aud03.14.12
06.05.12Modesto, CAGallo Center for the ArtsBuy
06.07.12San Francisco, CADavies Symphony Hall03.01.12
06.09.12Santa Rosa, CAWells Fargo Center for the Arts03.02.12
06.10.12Las Vegas, NVSmith Center for Perf Arts: Reynolds HallTBD
06.12.12San Antonio, TXMajestic TheatreBuy
06.13.12Dallas, TXMusic Hall at Fair ParkTBD
06.14.12Austin, TXLong Center for the Performing ArtsBuy
06.16.12Nashville, TNThe Woods Amphitheater at FontanelTBD
06.17.12St. Louis, MOPeabody Opera House03.01.12
06.19.12Kansas City, MOThe Midland by AMCBuy
06.20.12Milwaukee, WIMarcus Center for the Performing Arts03.19.12
06.22.12Des Moines, IACivic CenterBuy
06.23.12Columbus, OHColumbus Commons: Bicentennial StageTBD
06.24.12Indianapolis, INClowes Memorial Hall03.02.12
06.26.12Midland, MIMidland Center for the Arts04.07.12
06.27.12Detroit, MIDetroit Opera House03.02.12
06.29.12Richmond, VACarpenter Theatre03.14.12
06.30.12Philadelphia, PAThe Mann CenterBuy
07.07.12Minneapolis, MNOrpheum Theatre03.02.12
07.08.12Highland Park, ILRavinia Festival04.26.12
08.03.12Washington, DCWolf TrapTBD
10.29.12New York, NYCarnegie HallTBD

More dates to be announced.

*Alternate pre-sale passwords may be required for some venues. Passwords will be released via separate news entries as required.

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Upcoming Press Appearances

Idina will be making several press appearances in the coming days in support of Live: Barefoot at the Symphony (available for pre-order now, releasing March 6).  Here is her national television schedule so you know when to tune in.  We also make an effort to share all such media on her Facebook page once it's released online, so be sure you've liked her page.

Tuesday, February 28
Check your local listings

Monday, March 5
Check your local listings
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Monday, March 5
11:00 pm EST on E!
Chelsea Lately

Tuesday, March 6
2:00 pm EST on CBS
The Talk

Tuesday, March 6
Check your local listings
Access Hollywood

Tuesday, March 6
Check your local listings

New Yorkers, keep an eye on Fox News Edge and NY1 On Stage for segments that will be running.

If you're wondering when and where to catch Barefoot at the Symphony on your television, you can reference our TV guide.

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Live DVD Track Listing

On March 6, Idina's first-ever LIVE concert CD & DVD will be released.  We are pleased to share with you the complete performance track listing that you will receive on the DVD:

1. Life Of The Party
2. I'm Not That Girl
3. Love For Sale / Roxanne
4. Funny Girl / Don't Rain On My Parade
5. Asleep On The Wind
6. No Day But Today
7. Poker Face
8. Look To The Rainbow
9. Good Morning Walker / I Feel Smoochie
10. Where Or When (feat. Taye Diggs)
11. Heaven Help My Heart
12. For Good
13. Defying Gravity
14. The Way We Were
15. Tomorrow

Click the cover to pre-order your copy through today!  They do ship basically worldwide (there may be exceptions beyond our knowledge or control), and the DVD is Region Free so Idina's fans around the world can enjoy her concert.

The companion CD is also available for pre-order.