As always, many repeated thanks to Getting Through Anxiety & The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise for creating this fantastic monthly challenge!
August 9th is a “Band/Singer that starts with the letter ‘I.'” This one would have to go to Idina Menzel – only because Irving Berlin was primarily a composer, not a singer.
However, the composer of “White Christmas” (one of the most popular Christmas songs to this day, despite the fact that Irving Berlin was a devout Jew), “Happy Holiday,” “G-d Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” & “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (which takes some of the credit for the “ragtime” craze in both Berlin’s adopted home country of the U.S.A. & his mother country of Russia), deserves an honorary mention.
Idina Menzel’s “break-out role” was on Broadway as Maureen in Rent, a role she played again in the movie. However, her most popular – and amazing – roles had to be her Tony Award-winning originating role of Elphaba in Wicked & her role as Queen Elsa in Disney’s Frozen.
Her power-ballad vocal styling is awe-inspiring. It gives me goosebumps every time I hear her sing.
(BTW, I’m having a really bad “typo” day today. Please feel free to point out any spelling/grammar mistakes I’ve made here – or anywhere, really!)