One Night Only! Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel to perform special concert with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in July

Tickets for Heinz Hall concert go on sale at 9 a.m., March 4

PITTSBURGH – Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Idina Menzel returns to Heinz Hall to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for one unforgettable night of music, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 21.

Tickets, ranging from $35 to $120, go on sale to the public at 9 a.m., Monday, March 4. They can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Menzel was on the Heinz Hall stage earlier this week when she performed in the PSO’s sold-out tribute concert to the late Marvin Hamlisch.

With a diverse career on stage, and in film, TV and music, Menzel recently culminated a highly successful international orchestra tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time. The Denver Post dubbed her “The Streisand of her generation,” while The New York Times said Menzel is as “an entertainer with a phenomenal voice. … Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power.” In March, she released a CD and DVD entitled, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, a live concert with an orchestra led by Hamlisch, filmed at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The concert also aired nationally on PBS stations.

Menzel, Idina 2 (Credit Robin Wong)

Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked, and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. This season, she reprised her role on Glee, Fox’s smash hit TV series, as Shelby Corcoran, Rachel’s biological mother. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music.

On Broadway, in addition to Wicked and Rent, Menzel appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of Hair, and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s Aida. In London, she premiered the Broadway hit Wicked in the West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, See What I Wanna See, directed by Ted Sperling, at The Public Theater. Other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway, production of Rent and The Vagina Monologues.

Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s romantic fable, Enchanted, where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. Menzel’s latest film, Disney’s Frozen, co-starring Kristen Bell, hits theaters this winter.

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with her husband Taye Diggs. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement.

This year, Menzel will embark on her latest headlining tour across North America, which boasts a new repertoire of classic pop and musical theater favorites, as well as the songs for which she is known worldwide.

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Contact: James Barthen. Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4835 | email: jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827 | email: rsantanam@pittsburghsymphony.org

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