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Frozen fans are likely crossing their fingers that we'll hear confirmation at some point between now and March that Broadway star Idina Menzel will sing Elsa's "Let it Go" at this year's Academy Awards. In the meantime, it's evident from the video that made its way online this weekend that she's more than up for the challenge of singing the tune live. The snippet above of the Oscar-nominated song was recorded at Los Angeles's Vibrato Grill Jazz club this weekend. From what we hear, Menzel wasn't the only Frozen star to take the stage to perform songs from the hit Disney movie.
The video comes via THR, and Disney passed along some photos, as well as a few details about the event, which celebrated the music of Frozen. Among those in attendance were songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, composer Christophe Beck, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho and executive producer John Lasseter. Among the voice cast, Kristen Bell was there representing Elsa's sister Anna, and Josh Gad (Olaf) and Santino Fontana (Hans) were also there to sing songs from the film, accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger.
Looking at the above picture of Menzel and Kristen Bell singing together, I find myself desperately wishing I could've been there to hear them sing "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" together. How amazing would a full-on Frozen concert be, complete with original cast? Yeah, that's probably not a likely scenario anytime soon -- for those of us who didn't get to go to the above event anyway -- as Menzel has a new Broadway musical in the works and rest of the cast likely have other screen commitments. Still, it would be kind of amazing, wouldn't it? And given the film's worldwide gross, which has passed the 900 million dollar mark, it's not like there wouldn't be interest in it. Alas, that daydream seems even less likely than an Olaf's chance in summer, so let's let it go and appreciate the 52 seconds of Menzel singing while we hold onto hope that the Oscars secure her a few minutes of airtime when the Academy Awards ceremony airs next month. Given that many are hoping "Let it Go" will win Best Original Song, a performance of the tune would be a highlight for the broadcast.
The Vibrato Grill Jazz club event follows a recent Sing-A-Long surprise in Los Angeles that had star Josh Gad showing up to surprise fans. Check out photos and video from that here. And get the details on the Frozen DVD/Blu-ray release here.