Broadway, film and television star Idina Menzel will open the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Attendees will be among the first to see her in concert following the release of her new album, “idina,” on Sept. 23.
Menzel’s performance is also the inaugural GK Platinum Artist Series performance, named in honor of benefactor and University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus Glenn Korff. Only a few tickets remain for the performance. Tickets are on sale here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.
Menzel’s career has traversed music, stage, film and television. With her role as Elsa in Disney’s box-office smash “Frozen,” and singing the multi-platinum, Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” she became the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. She went on to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIX before launching a global concert tour.
Menzel earned her first Tony Award nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “RENT,” won a Tony for her performance as Elphaba in “Wicked,” and received her third nomination as Elizabeth in “If/Then.” She also appeared in FOX’s “Glee” and the Disney film “Enchanted.” Menzel starred in her own PBS special, “Barefoot at the Symphony,” with an accompanying live album of the same name. In addition to cast albums, Menzel’s recording career includes the original studio albums “I Stand,” “Here” and “Still I Can’t Be Still,” along with the holiday album “Holiday Wishes.”
Menzel also co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. The organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of Variety Magazine’s Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization. For more information on A BroaderWay, click here.
Menzel’s performance is supported by the Abel Foundation.