'Adele Dazeem' lives on beyond Oscars
After mucking up Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, John Travolta says he thinks Menzel would want him to Let It Go. But the social media response over 'Adele Dazeem' shows no signs of slowing.PT1M26S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34738 620 349 March 5, 2014
The producers of Idina Menzel's new Broadway musical are having fun with John Travolta's slip-up at the Oscars - they've changed the star's name to match what the Grease star called her on the show's playbill.
Travolta mispronounced Menzel's name as Adele Dazeem at the Academy Awards on Sunday night - and immediately became the butt of jokes, including app where people could "Travoltify" their names. (Side note: Travolta would call himself ''Jan Thozomas.'')
Broadway singer Idina Menzel at the Oscars. Photo: Getty Images
On Tuesday, producers of Menzel's new show If/When poked fun at Travolta's mistake in the playbill for the production.
It read: "At this performance, the role of Elizabeth will be played by Adele Dazeem."
Menzel's resume has also been "Travolta-fied" for the playbill, with her role in Rent switched to Nert and her character in the musical Wicked reworked as Ephraima instead of Elphaba.
Tony-winning Menzel is enjoying chart success with Let It Go from the animated film Frozen, but the entertainer is perplexed at the pop success of a Broadway-style song.
In a recent interview she laughed at the way she had been invited to sing at the Oscars: ''I've never sung at the Grammys.''
Menzel's musical moment grew even stronger when Let It Go won best original song at Sunday's Academy Awards (the Oscar went to the songwriters and producers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez). The song has sold close to 1.5 million tracks and is a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Frozen soundtrack album, a platinum success, has spent five weeks (and counting) at No 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
''I've had ups and downs ... and I'm aware of when something's happening and has an energy of its own,'' said Menzel, who voices the lead character Elsa in the film, which won the best animated feature Oscar. ''I'm aware enough to know of something special and to try and be in the moment.''
Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt said he's not surprised Menzel's song has become more successful commercially, and adds that the soundtrack is a winner because the film plays like a cartoon musical.
''The songs are part of the storytelling,'' Bunt said. ''They're helping to tell the story of the film and I think that's different than what we've seen in the last 15-plus years in animated movies.''
Menzel, who has released three albums, said some members of her team want her to capitalise on her new pop star fame: ''I'd like to, but also, that's the trap.''
The 42-year-old plans to record more music, but right now she's focused on If/Then and playing the role of Elizabeth, a woman returning to New York to rebuild her life after a divorce. The show is now in previews and officially opens on March 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Menzel said she usually learns a thing or two from the characters she portrays - whether it was her breakthrough as Maureen Johnson in Rent, or as Elphaba in Wicked, which won her a Tony in 2004. And in the TV show Glee she played the mother of Lea Michele's character.
Her latest role as Elizabeth - who is being pulled in two directions in If/Then - may seem to parallel to Menzel's personal life. In 2013 she and actor Taye Diggs announced their separation after 10 years of marriage.
''I've been lucky to have roles that teach me about myself at a time when I need to hear it - so I am learning while I'm in the role creating and rehearsing,'' Menzel said. "Then I find a way in my own process to be able to leave it at the door and move on. But I also find a way to integrate it into what I need to do as a human being to evolve and become a better person.
"This particular show ... it's about a woman starting over and not trying to control every outcome and the choices we make as opposed to fate and what's destined and what isn't.''
Menzel has some useful advice for young performers. ''You just have to keep doing what you love and try not to worry about following the rules,'' she said. ''And it may not work out, but if you're really good at some point the stars align and then things happens.''
WENN, with AP