I have always been a fan of Idina Menzel. While I never saw her as Maureen in RENT on stage, I loved her character in the movie version. Maureen/ Idina made me add “
Star Be on Broadway” to my bucket list! When I saw Idina in the original cast of Wicked as Elphaba, I was blown away! She quickly became my favorite Broadway actress!
When Frozen came out, I wasn’t excited. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t. When I finally saw it in the theatre, I only thought it was OK. After we purchased the DVD and my boys watched it a dozen times, I grew to love it myself. While I loved hearing Idina sing Elsa’s songs, I still could not picture Idina as Elsa. Maybe it was the blonde/ white hair!
When it came time to review Idina’s new Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, with One2One, I crossed my fingers, HARD, hoping I could get the chance! When my download of this album arrived, I was THRILLED!
Adding this album to the almost 12 hours worth of Christmas music on my iTunes right now made me feel my collection may be near completion. Idina’s voice is one of the best out there. It’s crisp, clean, smooth and perfect for these songs. As you listen to these songs, you will immediately be put into the Christmas spirit!
There are 12 tracks on Holiday Wishes.
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- The Christmas Song
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- All I Want For Christmas
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
- December Prayer
- When You Wish Upon A Star
- Silent Night
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The assortment of songs on this album is great. There are fun, upbeat songs to dance around with your kids such as All I Want For Christmas Is You and Holly Jolly Christmas. Then, there are the sweet, slower songs you listen to as you dance with your spouse! Those are Baby It’s Cold Outside, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve. My favorites are the ones that tell the story of Christmas: Silent Night and Do You Hear What I Hear.
If you are familiar with Idina’s work on Broadway, you know what you’ll expect in this album. She is true to her form. If you like her style, you’ll LOVE this album. It’s the perfect album to sing along to in the shower or in the car when you can sing at the top of your lungs pretending your are on center stage in the Nederlander Theatre on W 41st Street! Idina sings all of these songs as if she is on center stage and I love it!
Here are some snippets of her songs on this album.
More on Idina Menzel and Holiday Wishes
Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.
Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.