IT’S RAINING MENZEL
Idina Menzel on new album, a lesbian Elsa and angry gays who oppose her ‘Beaches’ remake
By CHRIS AZZOPARDI
Though it arrives nearly 20 years after her debut album, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a selftitled Idina Menzel release. Menzel’s latest is a declaration of self – of her real self, that is.
“It’s how you pronounce my name,” the Broadway star says during our recent interview about the eponymous title, “idina.” It’s a not-so-subtle allusion to that infamous name botch at the 2014 Academy Awards by John Travolta before she hit the stage to perform her career-changing song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” during which the Tony winner voices cold-thwarting snow queen Elsa. “Frozen” fame took Menzel to Elphaba heights, but it was “Wicked” and “Rent” that forever made her a gay fave.
Imagine, then, what a new “Beaches” might do for Menzel. The Lifetime remake of the 1988 classic has the 45-year-old portraying Bette Midler’s CC Bloom,