Broadway Star Idina Menzel Finds Outside Success Due To Frozen

01/31/2014
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(Radio.com) Idina Menzel first gained notoriety on the Broadway stage when she originated the role of Maureen in the ground-breaking musical Rent, later reprising the role for the film version. But it was the Broadway smash Wicked!, and her Tony Award-winning turn as green gal Elpheba, that brought her even wider acclaim.

Now with her latest role as the voice of "Snow Queen" Elsa in Disney's smash animated film Frozen, Menzel and her distinctive singing voice are gaining even greater acclaim.

Speaking with Menzel over the phone, Scott McKenzie and co-host Dana Taylor, of Scott McKenzie and the Morning MIX, were anxious to find out how the global success of the new Disney animated film (which shows signs of becoming Disney's biggest animated hit ever) had affected her career.

Scott McKenzie: So…it's all going on for you right now. This is huge!

Idina Menzel: Yes! Frozen has just skyrocketed! You know, you go into the studio and you make it, and your'e just happy to be hired by Disney and be a part of the family, but it's just taking on a life of it's own. Having such a great song in it…I knew that I loved this song ["Let It Go"] when they played it for me, but I had no idea that it would effect people in this way.

SM: It is an interesting line of work you're in because you really never know. You could do the best that you've ever done and if for some reason it doesn't get traction, it's out of your hands. It's a totally irrational business that way.

IM: It is. Now that I'm a little older I've realized that you just gotta work with people that you love and challenge yourself and do things that teach you something, and try not to be as result oriented. That's hard to learn, and maybe being the mom now of a 4-year-old it's finally clicked in for me. And of course that's Murphy's Law right? Then all of the sudden things really start working and people take notice just as soon as you let go. (Menzel gasps) Oh my god! I can't believe I said the name of the title of the song in my interview. But that's what I mean. You let go of something and the universe kind of does with it what it will.

The coolest thing has been that like two nights ago, I was giving my son a bath and he was correcting me on how to sing the song "Let It Go." That was the best!

Check out the full interview including a stream here.

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