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On Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Tony Award -winning icon Idina Menzel will open the Lied Center’s 2016-2017 season. Attendees will be among the first to see Menzel in concert following the release of her new album, “idina.” on Sept. 23. Menzel’s performance also serves as the inaugural GK Platinum Artist Series performance, named in honor of benefactor and UNL alumnus, Glenn Korff. Only a few tickets remain to this performance. Tickets are on sale online, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel’s career has traversed music, stage, film, and television. With her breakthrough role as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash “Frozen,” and singing the multi-platinum Oscar-winning song “Let It Go”, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel went on to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX, the most watched television show in U.S. history, before launching a global concert tour.

Menzel recently released her latest album “idina.,” which she called “one of the most personal, introspective albums I’ve ever made.” This is Menzel’s first album since her October 2014 release of “Holiday Wishes,” a Christmas album produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey). “Holiday Wishes” was met with rave reviews, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart and gave Menzel a Top 10 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. “idina.,” produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles) and Greg Wells (Katy Perry, OneRepublic), is Menzel’s first original studio album since 2008’s “I Stand,” and features “I See You” and “Queen of Swords.”

Menzel earned her first Tony Award nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “RENT,” won the Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in “Wicked,” and received her third nomination as Elizabeth in “If/Then.” Other notable roles include Rachel Berry’s mother, Shelby Corcoran, on the hit television show “Glee” as well as starring opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney’s “Enchanted.” Menzel starred in her own PBS special, “Barefoot at the Symphony,” with an accompanying live album of the same name. In addition to cast albums, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes the solo albums “I Stand,” “Here” and “Still I Can’t Be Still.”

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of Variety Magazine’s Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization. For more information on A BroaderWay, visit abroaderway.org. For more information, please visit idinamenzel.com

This performance is generously supported by the Abel Foundation.