Idina Menzel Launches Concert Tour June 20 in California

By Andrew Gans
20 Jun 2008

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel recently seen on the 62nd Annual Tony Awards launches her concert tour June 20 at Humphrey's Concert by the Bay in San Diego, CA.

The summer tour celebrates the release of her latest solo recording, "I Stand." Menzel will be accompanied by Joe Kennedy on keyboards, Simon Smith on bass, Jimmy Paxson on drums, Emerson Swinford on guitar and Holly Palmer on acoustic guitar with back-up vocals by Palmer and Fannie Bell Johnson.

In addition to her own songs, Menzel will also include a few tunes from her musical theatre outings. In fact, the Tony-winning actress recently told Playbill.com, "It's not such a hard stretch because the shows I've been in are contemporary. I take them out of their context and unplug them a little bit and strip them down and put them more into the context of my show. They seem to work really well, and they're not changed so much that die-hard theatre fans would be disappointed, I don't think. I feel like I'm getting a good response. So that's really nice for me, to kind of join all my worlds together, and it doesn't feel like it's so erratic. It feels cohesive, and it feels like all one artist."

Menzel's current concert itinerary, according to her official website, follows:
June 20 at the Humphrey's Concert by the Bay in San Diego, CA
June 23 at the Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, DC
June 25 at Town Hall in New York, NY
June 26 at the Music Box at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ
July 17 at the James K. Polk Theater in Nashville, TN
July 18 at the Delta Classic in Atlanta, GA
July 20 at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC
July 21 at the McGlohon Theatre in Charlotte, NC
July 23 at the National in Richmond, VA
July 25 at the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 26 at the House of Blues Orlando in Orlando, FL
July 27 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL
Aug. 4 at Northern Lights Casino in Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 6 at the House of Blues Chicago in Chicago, IL
Aug. 7 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, MI
Aug. 9 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN
Aug. 12 at the Newman Center in Denver, CO
Aug. 14 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA
Aug. 15 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

Idina Menzel won a Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Elphaba in Wicked; she also opened the London production of that hit musical. Menzel created the role of Maureen in the original Broadway company of Rent, and her other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of Hair, Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party, the Public Theater's See What I Wanna See and the benefit Funny Girl concert. Menzel's film credits include "Ask the Dust," "Rent" and "Enchanted."



Menzel's new recording is titled "I Stand."

For more information visit www.idinamenzel.com.