Having her name butchered by John Travolta at the Academy Awards on Sunday has maybe turned out to be the best thing to happen to Idina Menzel. While the actress and singer was already famous before Travolta’s marble mouth introduced her as “Adele Dazeem,” this completely unscripted and hilarious moment has, kinda sorta, made her a household name. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s been an uptick in interest in Menzel’s Broadway show, If/Then. The producers of the show are certainly trying to make the most of the flub, changing the Menzel’s name to Adele Dazeem on the sign outside the theater earlier this week, and editing her name inside the Playbill as well. So silly and funny. [Daily Mail UK]
Last night, Adele Dazeem, the woman formerly known as Idina Menzel (heh), joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show“ to sing “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday.
Along with the show’s trusty band The Roots, Jimmy and Idina rocked out with toy instruments, including but not limited to a lemon shaker, bongos, a Casio keyboard and blocks. Oh, and it still sounds pretty damn awesome. This should be definitely be included on some sort of bonus edition of the soundtrack. Who else is going to have this song stuck in their head all day?
“My mother said ‘I told you!’ She always thought—I hate this, but I’m being honest! She said, ‘I always knew you were gonna marry a white girl!’ It was a trip because [when Idina] took me home, her dad came out and I was like, ‘Ok, well take off that hood then and let’s see.’ No, I’m just kidding! I said, ‘You tough with the fiery cross in your yard!’ No, I gotta say I was really lucky. I don’t know what they felt on the inside, but I was very fortunate. They’re very loving, accepting. They’re great grandparents. I can’t lie, I had no issues there.”
—Taye Diggs jokes on Sway’s radio show about how he and wife Idina Menzel’s families reacted to their interracial relationship. The couple has a 2-year-old son, and Taye has now written a kid’s book called Chocolate Me, which teaches children to deal with racism and taunting from their classmates. [Hello Beautiful]