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GLEEks get ready for IDINA 2010: It’s a small world! December 17, 2009

Okay “GLEE” fans… I just saw some information on Playbill.com that you may get very excited about!

IDINA MENZEL IS GOING TO BE ON THE SHOW!

Idina Menzel

Hearing this made me VERY excited. “Glee” has been such an outlet for Broadway performers to appear on the show and utilize their talents.

Matthew Morrison

Take Matthew Morrison who plays Will on the show (who’s up for a Golden Globe!). I remember seeing him on Broadway when I went to see the musical “Hairspray.” I remember him playing Link and it took me a little while to realize after watching the show to put two-and-two together. I remember him being really good looking in “Hairspray“, and hey, he is still gorgeous on the show today!

Lea Michele

And Lea Michele. Gorgeous girl (up for a Golden Globe too by the way!! Go Lea!). Lea plays the role of Rachel Berry…and if you haven’t seen the show, this character is the person in high school that you may (or may not) have experienced in your life: the so-called “star” of the show. This character is involved in EVERY show…always…ALWAYS aiming for the lead roles. Wants the solos in choir. Wants that awesome dance move. If an opportunity is there…she wants it. That’s Rachel Berry. If you GLEEks out there saw the final episode of the season, you KNOW she’s got pipes. You’ve seen it all season, but “Don’t Rain on my Parade” really took the cake. She is a star. And this girl comes from Broadway roots. Lea has been involved with the project “Spring Awakening” since she was 14 years old (See Blake Hayes’ video for more information on Lea and the cast of “Spring Awakening“..). My brother saw the show when it was Off-Broadway with his class and then saw it on Broadway as well and loved both experiences.

Jenna Ushkowitz

And Jenna Ushkowitz (who plays Tina) also comes from “Spring Awakening.” Small world, huh?

Jonathan Groff

Well it’s getting smaller because ALSO according to Playbill.com, Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele‘s co-star in the Broadway show, is ALSO set to be on “Glee” in the second half of the first season as the lead member of the rival show choir Vocal Adrenaline.

And speaking of Vocal Adrenaline…Idina may be playing the coach of Vocal Adrenaline from what Playbill was saying.

(L-R) : Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda in "Wicked"

Idina Menzel is fantastic…I remember seeing her in “Wicked” with my brother and being in absolute awe of her talent, and of course Kristin Chenoweth (who ALSO just appeared on “Glee” too!)!!! She’s a powerful singer. I had the pleasure of seeing Idina even more recently with my Dad at Lincoln Center. Her and Josh Groban (who ALSO appeared on “Glee” too this season! Small world again!) were taping PBS specials and we got to be in the audience for the taping. I was SO excited for both of them. The audience was absolutely packed. Idina had a new album that came out and she was singing all of her new songs live for everyone to hear.

I know Idina has had albums that have come out before this one…Theater friends I knew from high school would talk about songs she sang and I would think, “She has an album? I had no idea!” Well now that I got to hear the most recent one, I was so pleased with the words in the songs and her style of music she was going with. I’d say her style for this particular album, if classified by radio, would be Adult Contemporary. One song that particularly stood out to me was the song “Brave.”

“Brave” is a really wonderfully crafted song. The message is clear: taking that next step in life without fear, embracing yourself and loving yourself and really being free to take risks.

Here are the lyrics (thank you letssingit.com):

I don’t know just where I’m going
And tomorrow is a little overwhelming
And the air is cold and I’m not the same anymore.

I’ve been running in your direction for too long now,
Lost my own reflection and I can’t look down
If you’re not there to catch me when I fall.

If this is the moment I stand here on my own,
If this is right of passage that somehow leads me home,
I might be afraid but it’s my turn to be brave.
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye,
At least it’s the first day of the rest of my life,
I can’t be afraid ’cause it’s my turn to be brave.

All along, all I ever wanted was to be the light
When your life was daunting but I can’t see mine,
And I feel as though you’re pushing me away.

Well who’s to blame? Are we making the right choices?
‘Cause we can’t be sure, if we’re hearing our own voices,
As we close the door, even though we are to desperate to stay.

If this is the moment I stand here on my own,
If this is right of passage that somehow leads me home,
I might be afraid but it’s my turn to be brave.
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye,
At least it’s the first day of the rest of my life,
I can’t be afraid ’cause it’s my turn to be brave.

And I might still cry,
And I might still bleed,
These thorns in my side,
This heart on my sleeve.
And lightening my strike this ground at my feet,
And I might still crash,
But I still believe…

This is the moment I stand here all alone,
With everything I have inside, everything I own,
I might be afraid but it’s my turn to be brave.
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye,
At least it’s the first day of the rest of my life,
I can’t be afraid ’cause it’s my turn to be brave.

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To take things a step further…It’s about a force: something or someone holding you back from truly being yourself and being free to do what you choose in life. Bloggers: Have you felt this way?

Certain parts in the chorus especially stuck out to me:

If this is the moment I stand here on my own,

^In regards to this piece of the lyric, you need to visualize yourself in a moment where you really have had to do something on your own because you felt it in your gut. Trusting instincts.

If this is the right of passage that somehow leads me home,

^This lyric discusses the distraction of the force that’s holding you back…Being brave means getting on the right path to feeling good about yourself once again after the pain subsides.

I might be afraid, but it’s my turn to be brave.

^Case in point.

As I keep repeating in many-a-post, there is music that can truly move you…And then the music that really moves you can move you to emotions such as tears.  I have experienced this type of emotion from music on several occasions.

Idina is an example of someone that touches lives through music. Beyond her time in “Wicked,” or beyond her albums of singing, her personality alone is something that is truly a joy to see as well…During that PBS taping she spoke about growing up and her life and it was just interesting to sit back hear the things she experienced. I’m excited for her to be on “Glee” not only for her talent, but because of the person that she is from what I saw sitting in the audience watching her speak about her life…What’s behind what you may see her as in a character. I think she’ll bring another fresh angle to the show that’ll keep “Glee” on its’ toes, as it has been thus far.

I look forward to the April episodes of “Glee!”

To conclude this post here are a few videos of Idina…The first being the song “Brave” and the second being a similar song with the message of “Brave” that you may know… “Defying Gravity” (the version from the PBS taping). Enjoy!

((pictures courtesy of: brettberk.com, newagevibe.com, broadwayworld.com, leamichele.com, broadwaystars.com, signplay.com))

 
 

 
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