Idina Menzel made herself beloved to Broadway theater veterans nearly two decades ago as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the smash musical “Wicked,” for which she won a Tony Award.
Still, the actor and singer didn’t see the show from an audience until he performed with his 12-year-old son, Walker, and his basketball team last month. She said it was a “very emotional” experience to see actor Talia Susqueer play Elfaba in the current staging.
Menzel told HuffPost last week at the launch of her women’s clothing line, Encore by Idina, “I had a real moment of pride, and really reflected on my life and what’s happened since then, how it changed my life.” Changed.” The show was “five years in the making, and it was a lesson in patience and faith in me and the people around me. So I felt like I was finally able to take ownership of what I was a part of, which people Seeing his life changes his life.
Menzel is best known to young fans as the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen,” in which she delivered a powerful message of self-acceptance through the chilling ballad “Let It Go.” Now, she is hopeful that women of all ages will feel equally empowered by Encore, available through QVC. The “Sleep to Street” collection includes an array of jumpsuits, cardigans and jeans, among other items.
Like most theater artists, Menzel was unable to perform during the COVID-19 pandemic. During unexpected downtime, he began sketching the concept now known as the Swing Romper on the Napkin.
“I said: ‘I want to make this for myself,’ and then my family and others around me were saying: ‘You should expand on this idea,'” she said. “I wanted to take the anxiety out of the process of getting dressed. I’m a lucky person who helps me out occasionally, but if I’m left to my own devices, I get really overwhelmed in my wardrobe .
“I wanted to find something that I could wear to bed if I had to wake up in the morning, take my kids to school, and look good next to the ideal mom who always gets together at 7 a.m.,” she said. . “And afterward, I wanted to be able to layer on something that worked with it so I could meet my husband. [Aaron Lohr] for drinks. It came out of necessity for me. ,
As far as the thespian-minded title of his brand is concerned, Menzel said: “In my life, when people ask for repeats, it’s a huge achievement. It means I’ve inspired an audience, and He saw what I was doing and appreciated it. Even if you’re not an artist, we’re all on the crazy stage of life, balancing a million roles. And everyone deserves to be seen and appreciated. ”
Encore is just the beginning of things to come for Menzel in 2022. In September, she will make her first foray into children’s publishing with “Loud Mouse,” a picture book she co-wrote with her sister, Kara Mentzel. And this Thanksgiving, she’s set to reprise the role of Nancy Tremaine in Disney’s “Disenchanted,” the most anticipated sequel to 2007’s “Enchanted” starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.
Although some fans were disappointed that Menzel had not received a musical number in the original film, this has been changed this time.
“I have an incredible song that composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz called ‘Love Power’ for me, and it’s a really wonderful moment,” she said. “It’s a very traditional music and has an old-fashioned quality to it.”
Getting back in character meant wearing costumes that are “the opposite” of Encore.
“Hope to see me in a corset,” she quipped.