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article imageReview: Idina Menzel wows New York City's Radio City Music Hall Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 17, 2014 in Music
New York - On June 16, Tony award-winning actress Idina Menzel (best-known from "Wicked") performed a sold-out concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
Backed by a string orchestra, Menzel commenced her set with "Defying Gravity," her duet with Kristen Chenoweth, sans Chenoweth, and it was followed by her inspirational adult contemporary hit ballad "Brave."
Menzel paid tribute to such iconic songstresses as Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins by delivering a controlled, jazz rendition of the classic tune "Both Sides Now." She also covered Radiohead's "Creep," which she dubbed as her "anti-empowerment song."
Her version of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was soothing and she is incorporated it as a medley with Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," which was pure genius on her part.
Throughout the evening, she underwent a costume change and she gave a mock, yet witty Tony award speech, even though she did not win for her latest role in the musical If/Then. It certainly fared well with the audience, since it displayed her warm and humorous personality.
The Broadway queen got the Radio City audience involved in her set, in a spontaneous version of "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent.
Menzel delivered a spellbinding performance of "Always Starting Over" from her latest musical, and if there were any doubts, as to who should have won the Tony award this year for "Leading Actress in A Musical," they ought to have seen her groundbreaking live vocal, which went on to garner her a huge standing ovation.
A pleasant surprise was when she belted out "For Good" from Wicked a capella and she closed the show with her Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 single, "Let It Go" from the animated film Frozen, which was a crowd favorite. It is no wonder that it earned the 2014 Academy Award for "Best Original Song."
The Verdict
Idina Menzel's mezzo-soprano voice is a musical wonder. She gave Radio City Music Hall an evening of Broadway hits and classic tunes to remember. Her vocals were pleasant, crystalline and she sang in perfect pitch. Menzel proved to not only be one talented vocalist, but a true song stylist as well, where she could take any song and make it her own, with her unique Broadway twist to it. Her show garners 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on music and theater sensation Idina Menzel, visit her official website.
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