Billy Porter teams with Idina Menzel to record a holiday classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Billy Porter and Idina Menzel keeping warm in their new video duet (Image via YouTube)

As Christmas approaches each year, it comes with the anticipation (and maybe also the dread) of the next glittery, fabulous new holiday single to be dropped by a pop star.

This season has already brought us Sam Smith’s rendition of Donna Summer’s classic “I Feel Love” (okay, not exactly a Christmas song, but coupled with those Target holiday commercials it seems as festive as “Jingle Bells”), but the winner might just have landed under our trees courtesy of not one, but two of Broadway’s brightest lights.

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VIDEO: ‘Frozen 2’ cast take to London gay bar to sing ‘Let It Go’

By : Jeremy Williams
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While doing press on the other side of the pond, some of the stars of Disney’s “Frozen 2” decided to hit up a London gay bar for a little “Frozen” sing-a-long.

Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — who voice animated characters Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in the highly anticipated sequel, as well as the original — visited Heaven, a gay nightclub in London to perform (possibly after a few drinks?) the Oscar-winning hit song from the first film, “Let It Go.”

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Pink will sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pink is confirmed to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl 52.

The NFL confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday.

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The reigning queen of Broadway, Idina Menzel, is on top of the world and she isn’t letting it go anytime soon

By : Jeremy Williams
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Idina Menzel has the billion-dollar voice – that is billion with a “B.” It is in no small part because of that voice singing the hit song “Let It Go” that Disney’s Oscar-winning animated musical Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with a $1.2 billion worldwide box-office showing. Menzel’s powerful vocals in Wicked also began that Broadway musical’s ascension over the billion-dollar mark, which it crossed in 2016, only the third time that feat has been accomplished on Broadway.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon released her fifth studio album, Idina., in September 2016, starred in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches and will soon begin recording the voice of Queen Elsa for the much anticipated animated sequel, Frozen 2.

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5.18.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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It’s time for a glorious distraction. It’s time to look up and out of our socioeconomic boxes and tear-rusted cages to remind ourselves that we still know how to have fun, whether in red shirts or in swimming trunks that bear a startling resemblance to underwear. It’s time to remind ourselves of what has happened and what is yet to come for the LGBTQ community. In short, it’s time to party.

Though everything feels like it’s being viewed through a dilated pupil right now via our political refractions and their requisite reactions, there is still a lot to be happy about, and much of this issue of Watermark – our annual issue that pays tribute those days for the gays in early June – will throw confetti at your face and kiss you on your cheek, slipping you a number on a cocktail napkin and leaving with a sideways glance.

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Idina Menzel responds to fan petition to give Frozen’s queen a girlfriend

By : Jeremy Williams
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frozen 2Twitter is not going to let it go.

When a Disney fan tweeted to the House of Mouse’s official Twitter page asking for them to give Elsa, the lead character in the Disney animated film Frozen, a female love interest in the upcoming sequel; it stirred up social media. The original message has been re-tweeted more than 2,200 times and sent the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to Twitter’s trending list.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Taylor Swift cools off, contemporary dance at the Palladium and Busch Gardens raises prices

By : Anonymous
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Halloween night brought quite the surprise for the 57,000 attendees at Raymond James Stadium who decided to shake, shake it off with trick-or-treating and wild costume parties to attend Taylor Swift’s concert. The reigning queen of pop (at least, rumor has it, until the end of the month, when Adele sends T Swift chasing pavements) had no bad blood for her fans as she performed her love story on the hot autumn night. In fact, it was so hot Swift decided to bring a bit of frozen style to the stage. Swift, who is no stranger to dressing up and bringing an array of celebrities on stage with her, came out on stage dressed as sexy Olaf from Frozen followed by Elsa herself Idina Menzel, and the two of them belted out “Let It Go.” The duo brought to life some of Swift fans’ wildest dreams, but this was a one-time merger, and these two are never ever getting back together. Oh, but we wish you would.

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Screened Out – Frozen

By : Stephen Miller
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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana

There were high hopes that, when John Lassiter took over Disney Animation, he’d bring some Pixar originality to the studio. He has had some success (Wreck-It Ralph). Frozen, though often very beautiful, misses that magical creativity that birthed Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

Instead, it’s just Disney’s maniacal marketing of princess paraphernalia – costumes, stuffed toys, and other cheap flotsam overpriced and sold at theme parks and stores. Any chance of making a timeless tale was supplanted by the lust to haul in more cash.

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