Pop Quiz: Idina Menzel


Aidin Vaziri | Forget Beyoncé and Taylor Swift — Idina Menzel was the one who won the hearts of young girls (and boys) everywhere this year with the ice princess anthem “Let It Go.” As the Oscar-winning song from the “Frozen” soundtrack played on an endless loop, Menzel, 43, finally felt what it was like to go mainstream after two decades of building a cult following as the star of Broadway musicals such as “Rent,” “Wicked” and “If/Then.” She recently released “Holiday Wishes,” a seasonal album that features a duet with Michael Bublé on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and announced details of a 2015 world tour. We spoke to her from her home in New York.

Q: How does it feel to walk into Starbucks and see your face everywhere?

A: Actually, I walked into the Starbucks across the street from where I live, and I didn’t see my face anywhere. I went up to the girl at the counter and whispered, “Do you have any Christmas albums?” She said they’re all in the back because they were trying to sell the rest of the stock first.

Q: Next year, you’ll be playing all these famous rock venues — like Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl. How’s that?

A: I can’t wait. I’m a creature of live performance. Whether it’s on a Broadway stage or at a rock venue, it’s what makes my blood flow. It’s nice to have a really popular song — at this point, it’s beyond anything I could have imagined.

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