Idina Menzel Is "Absolutely" Interested in Playing Queen Elsa Live in Frozen Broadway Musical
Idina Menzel wants to build a snowman… on Broadway! The actress, who voiced Queen Elsa in Disney's record-breaking animated movie, Frozen, told Cosmopolitan.com last Friday, April 25, that she was open to reprising her role in the movie's Broadway adaptation.
"Yes! Sure! Absolutely!" she said at Variety's Power of Women luncheon. Menzel, 42, already a Broadway veteran, is currently starring in musical If/Then.
The Tony-winning actress received her first taste of mainstream mega-caliber success for lending her vocals to Frozen's smash song "Let It Go," which won the Best Song Oscar last month. "It was such a dream of mine to be in the Disney family and become an animated queen," Menzel told Cosmo. Since its release last November, Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie in history, presumably prompting Disney to bring the film to life onstage as it has for other Disney classics like the Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.
Not all fans want Menzel, however, to play Elsa. The actress joked to Cosmo how her 4-year-old son Walker (with estranged husband Taye Diggs) would prefer for his mommy to "dress up like the Michael Jackson zombie from 'Thriller.'"
Whether or not she's tapped to revive the role of Elsa on Broadway, Menzel told Backstage magazine in early April that she is trying to live by what's good right now. "I'm always afraid to hope for something because I don't want to be disappointed," Menzel said in the interview. "Instead of worrying, why not enjoy the idea of the positive outcome, and if it doesn't happen, you get over it."
Like Menzel, costar Kristen Bell has also expressed interest in reprising her role as Princess Anna on Broadway. "Everybody in Frozen is a Broadway veteran so I certainly hope they try and wrangle us," Bell—who made her Broadway debut back in 2001 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer—said of Disney to EW Radio.
The blonde Veronica Mars star, proving her live performance chops, delivered a flawless rendition of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" during a Frozen cabaret back in February. "I've wanted to be a Disney princess since I was five years old!" Bell told the crowd.