Disney+ to Premiere Documentary on Broadway Star Idina Menzel Dec. 9

The documentary film Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? will premiere Dec. 9 on Disney+.

From Disney Branded Television, the film follows the Tony Award winner on her path to realize a lifelong dream: headlining a concert at Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York City. Featuring never-before-seen performance footage alongside raw and vulnerable interviews, the documentary follows Menzel on an intimate journey as she juggles the challenges of being a working mom and wife on a grueling travel schedule while preparing to take the stage at the legendary arena.

Directed by filmmaker Anne McCabe and produced in partnership with Ideal Partners, the film pulls back the curtain on the career of the actress and singer, whose triumphant roles include Broadway productions of Rent and Wicked as well as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, unveiling the 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. Throughout the film, she shares her personal experience with in vitro fertilization.

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The documentary 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 herself, her parents, family, friends and co-creatives, the documentary weaves in Menzel’s performance as she conquers the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“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,” Menzel said 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.”

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

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