Broadway superstar and Tony award winner Idina Menzel mounted her first ever Philippine Concert at the Mall of Asia Arena last June 7. The crowd was enthralled the minute the now platinum-blonde songstress walked on stage. Opening her show with a rendition of “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical Wicked, Idina’s performance all throughout the night can only be described as sensational!
Wearing a deep sea green dress with a black mesh overlay, Idina had a wonderful time interacting with her audience. At one point, she playfully took out her net skirt and asked, “Did that get you excited?” She also asked for help in saying, “I love you” in Tagalog. The songstress likewise attempted to sing her signature song “Let It Go” in Tagalog but had a difficult time pronouncing some of the words. She repeated her Frozen sequence (this time singing it with more ease) but finally said, “Okay guys, I’m sure you all know this song in English, too!”
Proving that the country has an infinite pool of talented singers, three lucky members of the audience, who were selected by Idina herself, belted out “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent. Ms. Menzel could only say in admiration, “You are such a cultured people – you know your Broadway!”
In one touching number, Idina sang “For Good” a cappella. A sea of lights (from cellphones) started to glow from all sides of the arena. An almost teary-eyed Idina extended her microphone to the crowd and we ended the song with her. Undoubtedly, this was the most memorable moment of the night!
As the show went on, Idina regaled with more songs from Broadway. “I was the first Wicked Witch of the West, you know,” she proudly announced. Ms. Menzel also gave a slow and touching performance of “Tomorrow” and sang a beautiful ballad that she wrote for her son. Her splendid show was powered by PLDT HOME Fibr.
See you soon Idina! Manila will be waiting to hear more of your enchanting music!
With a pocketful of glitter,
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