Idina Menzel turned 43 on Friday, but the Frozen star isn’t anywhere close to the tail end of her career.
In fact, with plans in the works for a possible Broadway adaptation of the Disney musical and another big gig she just booked, Menzel appears to be moving toward the peak of her career.
The powerhouse singer was just booked to perform on this year’s Tony Awards, held June 8.
And while she’s still riding a wave of success from the Disney’s animated musical Frozen, which has grossed more than $400 million in the United States and $1.2 billion worldwide, Idina Menzel could be capitalizing even more. A Broadway adaptation of Frozen is already in the works, and while the casting phase is still some time off, Menzel said she would definitely be up to playing Elsa on the big stage.
“Yes! Sure! Absolutely!” she said, according to Cosmopolitan.
Menzel has expressed gratitude for her part in the most popular animated film of all time at the box office.
“It was such a dream of mine to be in the Disney family and become an animated queen,” she said.
It’s not like Idina Menzel was some bright-eyed newcomer before Frozen. Though the movie introduced her to a new audience, Menzel has long been one of Broadway’s biggest stars, with roles as Maureen in Rent (1996) and Elphaba in Wicked (2003), in which her song “Defying Gravity” earned Menzel numerous awards.
Menzel could have even more accolades in her future. In her latest Broadway role, playing Elizabeth in the musical If/Then, Menzel has earned a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a lead role.
CBS New York even declared her the frontrunner to take home a trophy.
“In a day where big Broadway stars are often tempted to leave the stage in search of the screen, a Tony award for the amazing Menzel would also show just how valuable her talent really is,” noted theater correspondent Deborah Flomberg. “Factor in the heartfelt performance that Menzel brings to the stage in ‘If/Then’ and she is a clear front-runner for the Tony in 2014, despite being in a category with some of the most amazing talents on the stage today.”
It seems as if Idina Menzel could make 43 her best year yet.