Documentary ‘Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?’ coming to Disney+

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Idina Menzel. (credit: John Russo)

Prepare to “Let It Go.”

The documentary “Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?” will make its world premiere Dec. 9, exclusively on Disney+.

Through unprecedented interviews and footage, the beloved actor and singer, whose famed roles include Broadway productions of “Rent” and “Wicked” as well as the celebrated voice of Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen,” pulls back the curtain on her remarkable career, the incredible — and often laborious — moments that prepared her for her big breaks and the people who have supported her since the beginning.

Additionally, Menzel reflects on motherhood, marriage and the realities of juggling work and family, according to a news release.

Throughout the film, she shares her personal experience with in vitro fertilization, an emotional process that runs parallel to her runway toward Madison Square Garden.

“We made this documentary to show firsthand how important it is to pursue your passions and lean on those around you in times of hardship,” said Menzel in a statement. “This documentary was a joy to make, and I hope it resonates with my fans and new audiences alike who find themselves balancing motherhood, work and marriage while chasing their own dreams and inspires others to keep pushing forward.”

“Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?” follows Menzel on a national tour over the course of 16 shows on the road. The film showcases never-before-seen footage of Menzel throughout her life, from home videos of her early days as a singer at just 7 years old to her beginnings at the premiere of “Rent” the musical in 1996 to preparing for the original role of Elphaba in “Wicked” and the creation and subsequent phenomenon that was “Frozen.”

Featuring interviews with Menzel, her parents, family, friends and co-creatives, the documentary weaves in Menzel’s show-stopping performance as she conquers the stage at New York City’s legendary venue known as “The Garden.”

“Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?” is produced by Disney Branded Television and Ideal Partners for Disney+. For Ideal Partners, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum are producers.

The documentary marks the directorial debut for Anne McCabe, a longtime editor who has worked on films like “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the upcoming “Boston Strangler” as well as on television shows like “Succession,” “The Newsroom” and “Nurse Jackie.”

Menzel was honored at this year’s 35th annual Disney Legends Award ceremony, where she was inducted for her roles as Elsa in “Frozen” and Nancy Tremaine in “Enchanted.”

The Tony Award winner recently released a children’s book with her sister, writer and teacher Cara Mentzel, titled “Loud Mouse.” From Disney-Hyperion, “Loud Mouse” is a picture book about a little mouse finding her big voice and is all about self-acceptance and being true to yourself. Menzel also released a companion song for the book.


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