Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Grand Opening Event!
“an entertainer with a phenomenal voice…Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power.” - The New York Times
“The Streisand of her generation.” - The Denver Post
Tony-Award Winning Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage and in film, television and music. For one night only, she performs a diverse repertoire of classic pop, musical theater favorites, including hits from Wicked and Rent, as well as songs from her album Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.
Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl in the blockbuster Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. This season, Menzel reprised her role on Glee, Fox’s smash hit television series, as Rachel’s biological mother. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. With three albums to her credit, she toured nationally last year, playing to sold-out houses to promote her most recent effort, I Stand.
Idina Menzel, lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, recently culminated a highly successful international orchestra tour. In March, Menzel released a CD and DVD entitled Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, a live concert with an orchestra led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, filmed at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The concert also aired nationally on PBS stations.
On Broadway, in addition to Wicked and Rent, Menzel appeared as Sheila in Hair and as Amneris in Broadway's Aida. In London, she premiered Wicked in the West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s romantic fable, Enchanted, Rent and Ask the Dust. She will next be heard on the big screen in Disney’s animated feature Frozen, set to release in theaters in November 2013.
Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who created the “A BroaderWay Foundation” in 2010 with her husband Taye Diggs. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement.
Performing with Idina Menzel will be the Eastern Festival Orchestra from Greensboro, NC under the direction of Larry Loh, Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
*Note: Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the door the night of the show.