Tony win­ner Id­ina Menzel launches U.S. tour like a pop star

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU

Id­ina Menzel, who has crossed over from the Broad­way stage to the Bill­board charts, is still sur­prised that she’s able to sell con­cert tick­ets like a proper pop star.

“It’s hard to cross over like that and that’s what this whole last year has been about for me,” Menzel said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “So I’m try­ing to take it in and be proud of that.”

Menzel, 44, will kick off a North Amer­i­can tour to­day in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia. She’ll play nearly 40 shows, in­clud­ing stops in Philadelphia, Hous­ton, At­lanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The tour will wrap up Oct. 3 at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl in Los An­ge­les.

“It’s amaz­ing to go into new ter­ri­to­ries and have peo­ple buy tick­ets to your show that you never knew in a mil­lion years would know your name,” Menzel said, smil­ing.

The tour will fea­ture mu­sic from her ca­reer, in­clud­ing songs from Broad­way shows like “Wicked” and “If/Then,” and the an­i­mated hit “Frozen,” which in­cludes the Os­car- and Gram­my­win­ning song “Let It Go,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Bill­board Hot 100 chart.

Menzel will also per­form songs from her lesser-known pop al­bums. “I’m even do­ing a cou­ple things from al­bums that I did ear­lier ... I’m like, ‘You know what, I’m go­ing to do that song now!”’ she said.

She may work on new mu­sic af­ter the tour.

“I’ll come back and forth, and do some record­ing, you know, we’ll see,” she said. “There’s only so much you can do at one time.”

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