IT’S RAIN­ING MEN­ZEL

Id­ina Men­zel on new al­bum, a les­bian Elsa and an­gry gays who op­pose her ‘Beaches’ re­make

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

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,

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