Award winning singer and songwriter Idina Menzel is best known for her role as Maureen in the Broadway musical Rent, as well as her impeccable vocals on “Let It Go” from Disney’s highly acclaimed 2013 animated musical feature, Frozen. These days while out on tour, Idina has been making some friends by asking children to join her on stage to sing with her in front of thousands.
During her July 30th show in Dallas, Idina asked a couple of kids to help her sing “Let It Go” — an invite which seemed to bring every child in the room to the stage — and was pleasantly surprised when she saw a boy in the crowd. “Oh, I love when the dudes come up,” Idina said with a smile before introducing 11-year-old Luke Chacko. Even more surprising was his response to the singer’s question about whether or not he knew the song.
“Do you even know what song this is?” Idina asked.
“‘Let It Go’ obviously… What kind of question is that?” Luke fired back without even missing a beat.
Idina went on to explain that during many of her shows, boys who have come up on stage have told her they were not really fans of the song, and one boy even preferred to sing Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, which drew laughs from Luke and the audience.
“Heck to the no,” Luke said about that notion. “I’m offended!”
It was at that point Idina let Luke sing some of the song, which immediately caused the room to erupt in applause. “Can you all just shut up for a minute and let him sing it again?” Idina cheerfully scolded the crowd. “Because you’re not hearing all of the subtleties because you’re screaming — and that’s OK — but now do it again!”
Luke then belted out the chorus backed by Idina’s band and wowed the crowd a second time.
“You’re very special,” Idina told Luke before joking, “well, who wants to go after that?!”
See below for a full list of upcoming Idina Menzel tour dates. Click here for tickets.
AUG 11 | Rochester Hills, MI
AUG 12 | Chicago, IL
AUG 13 | Milwaukee, WI
AUG 15 | St. Louis, MO
AUG 16 | Kansas City, MO
AUG 18 | Englewood, CO
AUG 19 | Layton, UT
AUG 22 | Redmond, WA
AUG 23 | Portland, OR
AUG 25 | Reno, NV
AUG 26 | Berkeley, CA
AUG 27 | Paso Robles, CA
AUG 29 | San Diego, CA
SEP 01 | Temecula, CA
SEP 02 | Las Vegas, NV
SEP 03 | Phoenix, AZ
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