IDINA MENZEL
Click Here for More Articles on IDINA MENZEL

BWW Reviews: Idina Menzel Belts WICKED, RENT and More in Des Moines

June 24
10:52 AM 2012

BWW-Reviews-Idina-Menzel-belts-WICKED-RENT-and-More-20010101

Broadway powerhouse and Tony-winner Idina Menzel brought her Barefoot at the Symphony tour to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines on Friday. In a performance that ranged from classics to Broadway to original music, Menzel proved that the acclaim she has received is well deserved. And not only does she posses a wicked set of pipes, but she also knows how to put on a great show. 

The evening began with Menzel in silhouette behind a thin curtain doing a strong yet reserved rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” The ending lyric “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true” segued immediately, and perfectly, into Wicked’s wish fulfillment song “The Wizard and I.” Her entrance produced roars from the nearly packed house.

After some repartee with the crowd and hilarious banter with the sign language interpreter, Menzel demonstrated repeatedly that though she may be known for belting big Broadway numbers that is far from her only talent. Menzel is just as comfortable doing a mash up of Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” and the Police’s “Roxanne” as she is doing Barbra Streisand and Joni Mitchell. Her cover of Mitchell’s hit “Both Sides Now” mesmerized the crowd and “Don’t Rain on My Parade” was met with raucous enthusiasm.

Menzel effortlessly interacted with the audience. Her quick wit and excellent comedic timing made her search for a duet partner for “Take Me or Leave Me” a riot. And though it is sometimes risky to present unknown music, the audience was very receptive to the original music she chose to showcase. Of course, how could it be bad with such a voice behind it?

But Menzel knows what her audience wants, and they showed their appreciation with huge eruptions for “Defying Gravity” and “No Day But Today” which turned into a lullaby sing-a-long towards the end of the evening. After an a capella and mic-less performance of “For Good” and bringing down the house with “Defying Gravity”, an encore was a no brainer. Menzel finished the evening with a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere.”

There is no doubt that the audience left in awe of Menzel’s talent. The concert was such a wonderful opportunity for Menzel and her fans to show their mutual appreciation that she should feel welcome to come back to Des Moines anytime. 

Related Articles



About the Author

Get Author Alerts

BROADWAYWORLD TV

Fun Home in Des MoinesFun Home
Civic Center Of Greater Des Moines
(Runs 4/4 - 4/9)
ALL SHOOK UP
Players Workshop
(Runs 9/23 - 10/9)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in Des MoinesThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Civic Center Of Greater Des Moines
(Runs 5/16 - 5/21)
ADDAMS FAMILY
Great River Players of Keokuk
(Runs 10/28 - 10/30)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in Des MoinesBeautiful: The Carole King Musical
Civic Center Of Greater Des Moines
(Runs 12/6 - 12/11)

VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS

Save $$$ on Tickets to:
Backstage with Richard Ridge
Back to Falsettoland w/ OBC - Passing the Torch
Backstage Bite
TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with ALADDIN's Rodney Ingram!
Turning the Tables
Binge on TURNING THE TABLES!
  Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
TV:-LuPone's Autobio - Lands EVITA!
KID CRITICS
TV: KID CRITICS Swept Away at PHANTOM
BROADWAY SESSIONS
BWW TV Exclusive: THE LION KING Cast Roars at Broadway Sessions