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‘Frozen’ and ‘Wicked’ star Idina Menzel sings at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on April 5

‘Frozen’ and ‘Wicked’ star Idina Menzel sings at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on April 5
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From a press release:

Tony Award-winning actress and singer/songwriter Idina Menzel, best known for her roles in “Frozen,” “Wicked,” and “Rent,” will return to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on her world tour on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $69, $89, and $99, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Idina Menzel’s career traverses stage, film, television, and music.

Her voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash “Frozen,” in which she sings the film’s multi-platinum song “Let It Go.” She performed the song at the 86th Annual Academy Awards and the song went on to win the Oscar that night. Menzel made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. She starred as “Elizabeth” in the original Broadway production “If/Then” by Pulitzer Prize-winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Of her performance, New York Magazine affirmed, “Idina Menzel sings beyond anyone’s idea of reasonable vocal or emotional limits. She blows the roof off of the theatre,” while Variety described her “tear-the-house-down voice and commanding personality.” Menzel received her third Tony nomination for the role and performed “Always Starting Over” from “If/Then” at the 2014 Tony Awards.

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 “Rent.” Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of “Hair” and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s “Aida.” In London, she originated the role of Elphaba in the West End production of “Wicked” and received the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Other off-Broadway credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s musical “See What I Wanna See,” directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater, the pre-Broadway production of “Rent,” and “The Vagina Monologues.”

Lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, Menzel completed a highly successful international tour, concluding with a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, she played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers, earning her second WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Solo Performance in 2013. The Denver Post dubbed her “the Streisand of her generation,” while the New York Times praised her as “an entertainer with a phenomenal voice… Diana Ross with 10 times the stamina and lung power.” As part of her tour, Menzel’s live concert at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada was recorded for her CD and DVD “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The concert aired internationally, including a PBS special in the United States.

A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. Her albums include “Barefoot at the Symphony,” “I Stand,” “Here,” and “Still I Can’t Be Still,” and “Holiday Wishes,” and her latest record, “Idina.”

In addition to “Frozen,” Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s romantic fable “Enchanted,” where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey, and Amy Adams; “Rent,” in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust,” opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. Menzel’s television credits include a recurring role on Fox’s smash hit series “Glee,” as fan-favorite Shelby Corcoran, Rachel’s biological mother. She has also appeared on “Private Practice,” “Kevin Hill,” and “Rescue Me.”

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who created A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with 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.