Via her Twitter page on New Year’s Day, Broadway star Idina Menzel answered to critics who lambasted her performance of the 2014 smash hit “Let It Go” during Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve on Wednesday. Menzel, who was performing late at night outdoors during near-freezing temperatures, botched a high note toward the end of the song, according to ABC News.
The tweet includes a picture that shows a page featuring an interview with Menzel from a magazine, whereby Menzel explains her definition of success.
“There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I’m hitting 75 percent of them, I’m succeeding.
“I am more than the notes I hit, and that’s how I try to approach my life. You can’t get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you’ve done that, all that’s left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them.”
Billboard’s Michele Amabile Angermiller covered the event live, and reported that Menzel hit all the right notes during the rehearsal performance. Angermiller defended Menzel’s live performance as well, stating that when the crowd sang the line “the cold never bothered me anyway” back to Menzel, the exuberance and emotion of the moment eclipsed whatever minor flaw occurred during the rest of the song.
“She may not have hit the big note, but she hit all the emotional ones. Young kids in the audience were all so joyful singing along with her.”
Tony winner Menzel, 45, skyrocketed to fame as “Let It Go” became the most played song of 2014, propelling the Frozen soundtrack to the top of the music charts. Just last month, Menzel finalized her divorce from actor Taye Diggs. The couple had met on the original broadcast production of Rent in 1996, and were married for a decade before separating last year. The couple share a 5-year-old son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs. When asked about the prospect of dating at this venture in her career, Menzel joked to Redbook about the difficulty, and propriety, of the logistics that would be necessary to pull it off.
“They’d have to meet me at, like, midnight after the show, and that’s kind of slutty, isn’t it?”
Menzel currently stars in the new Broadway musical If/Then.