So this is another completely frivolous blog post – about Idina Menzel! I love her – have for a long time. When the Wicked soundtrack came out, I would (attempt to) sing along with her. Years ago my friend Nancy and I won front row center tickets to see her play Elphaba in Wicked in New York. It was fantastic. We were so close we could see every facial expression, every dance step, and hear every note. And she was absolutely flawless, even when not facing the audience (When you are on front row you can see that! Who knew?).
She won the Tony award for Wicked (Best Leading Actress in a Musical). She married another beautiful and amazing actor, Taye Diggs, and they recently had a baby boy. (Can you imagine how wonderful that child must be?)
And now she is on GLEE! My sister and I had always commented on Lea Michele’s resemblance to Idina. In fact, we had often wondered if, when they make the Wicked movie, Lea would play the younger Elphaba and Idina play the older. Both have SERIOUS chops. Let me just say, if that is how it ends up working out, I play to be the grown adult woman in green from head to toe with my green little babies at the premiere.
I am a little Wicked-obsessed – confessionally. Since Nancy and I saw it in New York I have seen it five or six additional times, and my precious friend Angie just gave me tickets to see it again next Friday night. JOY! I love this musical. I seriously cannot WAIT for the day that I get to take Grace and introduce her to Elphaba. She will love it. In the meantime, Lea Michele and Idina did a beautiful duet last night on GLEE, and we have been watching it over and over. Grace is beginning to sing along – maybe I’ll have a little musical actress in my house after all! I promise, I won’t become (much of) a stage mom.
These are celebrities who I just love. Totally. And I just had to share.
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs. The girl can sing and act. I saw her in Wicked as Elphaba and let me tell you – she’s amazing. And he HAS to have the greatest smile on the planet. When he smiles – I smile. Plus he sings, and dances. Geez. I LOVE THEM. And they just had a baby. That kid is destined to be perfectly beautiful.
Photo by Tina Vanbeveren
Bono – he writes beautiful lyrics, his voice is fantastic, he loves Jesus, and he is making the world a better place. And I kind of have had a bit of a crush since the late 80s/early 90s (I may or may not have a poster of him rolled up in a closet somewhere). And he has a gift, given from God, that he’s giving back to God. Here’s a line from a song
I was born, I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice from the womb
My first cry, it was a joyful noise, oh oh –
love him. How can you not?
Ok I realize these are not actual people, but characters, but oh how I love (and miss) the Gilmore girls. Lorelai with her quick wit and Rory with her seasons 1 – 4 innocence. I kind of want to be a Godly Lorelai when I grow up. And judging from the amount she talked (and the speed) and the amount I do – I might be on my way. Somewhere my brother is shuddering right now…
Man I adore Aaron Sorkin and every show and movie he has ever made. From West Wing to Sports Night to Studio 60 – his lines are like lyrics and he is brilliant beyond comparison. LOVE him. Come back to TV Aaron. Please. We need you.
I could add Matthew Perry, Sting, Bradley Whitford, Sarah McLachlan, Allison Janney, and Parker Posey to this list (and I’m sure there are more) but I’m probably boring you by this point so I’ll just sign off by saying that I’m a big dork and I know it. So thank you for bearing with me.