July 23, 2013 • 02:56:04 p.m.

Broadway star Idina Menzel headed to Aurora’s RiverEdge Park


Idina Menzel (Courtesy photo)

Idina Menzel’s performance as Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked” won her a Tony award.
Menzel is sure to perform songs from that production when she appears at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora. Tickets are $75 for reserved seating or $60 for preferred general admission bench seating.

There also are a limited number of free general admission tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. People can call the box office at 630-896-6666 to reserve them and pick them up at the will call office at RiverEdge Park, starting at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19.

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Menzel, who also was nominated for a Tony award for her role in Broadway’s original production of “Rent,” will perform classic pop and musical theater favorites with the Paramount Theatre’s 55-piece orchestra. Along with her work on Broadway, she also has a recurring role on the TV show “Glee” and has appeared on ABC’s “Private Practice.”

Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk with Menzel about her career. The interview was conducted before “Glee” star Corey Monteith died July 13.

Eric Schelkopf: You were just touring in Australia. How was that experience?
Idina Menzel:
It was wonderful. The audiences were very supportive.

ES: You also have a new DVD and CD, “Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.” Why do you like performing with an orchestra?
Anytime you perform in front of an orchestra, it’s thrilling. It helps blend my world.

ES: What made you want to take the role on “Glee?”
I love that it celebrates music theater.

ES: What did you try to do with the role of Elphaba on “Wicked?”
There were a lot of challenges with that role. The whole show is sort of about changing perceptions, perceptions about who you are.

It changed my life, that role. It taught me so much as a woman, and that sometimes you have to take risks.

ES: What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the entertainment business?
To really explore and celebrate those things that make you unique. Nobody wants to have a replica of somebody else.

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