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Idina Menzel Live Barefoot At The Symphony
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The special was captured in Toronto at Koerner Hall, a beautifully modernist, acoustically blessed, 1,100-seat space literally carved out of the city s historic Royal Conservatory of Music headquarters. Menzel performs with the 52-piece Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, one of Canada s premiere symphony orchestras, under the direction of guest conductor Marvin Hamlisch (or as Menzel prefers to call him, the legendary Marvin Hamlisch) and her equally accomplished music director and pianist, Rob Mounsey (who has worked with everyone from Paul Simon and Steely Dan to Madonna, Usher and Rihanna).
With the PBS special complete, Menzel plans to go back on tour this summer. She also hopes to return soon to Broadway for "a brand new, original show that I am not allowed to talk about, but really excites me." In addition, Idina s exemplary work continues with A BroaderWay, the foundation she established with husband Taye Diggs in 2010 to help inner-city girls find outlets for self-expression through arts-related programs.
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I had come with little preparation to her concert this week in Milwaukee--some press clippings about Ms. Menzel being the "new millennium's Barbra Streisand," a quick listen to this recording, some cursory research into "Rent" and "Wicked." Some observations and impressions:
1. Menzel has a vocal quality that might be characterized as "narrow" (it's more biting and incisive than lush and mellow) and "youthful" (it's easy to understand why numerous young people can readily identify with her voice and inspirational songs--about converting obstacles into surmountable challenges. She represents a universal dream, one which many others are able to live out right alongside her. She's capable of exceptional projection (the quality that made Ethel Merman the first-choice of the early great Broadway composers, from George Gershwin to Cole Porter").Read more ›
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She is really talented and I love the concert. She really knows how to entertain. The video and sound were great and this is a must have for any fan or her or the place Wicked.Published 6 months ago by WhosYourChubby
I love Idina Menzel. Her voice can't be beat. And she's fun to watch. But the song choice was just so-so.Published 11 months ago by Brie Grande