Frozen star Idina Menzel wants to help you chill out this yuletide!
Of course, ‘tis the season for stars of stage and screen to make room in their concert setlists for a handful of holiday standards. Typically, they’ll roll the dice on an original or two in the hope that they just might discover the next “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Santa’s On His Way
This year’s crop includes Idina Menzel’s Christmas: A Season of Love. Her album will include a duet with Ariana Grande written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who penned the ubiquitous Menzel hit from Frozen, “Let It Go.” She’s also teaming up with Billy Porter on “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Frozen 2 co-star Josh Gad for “We Wish You the Merriest” and husband Aaron Lohr with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” (idinamenzel.com).
Meanwhile, Glee alumnus Lea Michelle pairs up with the show’s musical producers, the Anders brothers, for Christmas in the City. The album features Michelle alongside Jonathan Groff on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” with Darren Criss on “White Christmas,” and opposite Cynthia Erivo for “Angels We Have Heard on High” (leamichele.com).
The Joy of Laughter
Comedienne Ana Gasteyer deserves her own award for the season’s best title: Sugar & Booze. Gasteyer also reunites with sister SNL alum Maya Rudolph on a track called “Secret Santa.” (anagasteyerinconcert.com)
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Last modified: December 5, 2019