Patti Smith returns to singing live with Brooklyn concert
CORRECTS DAY OF CONCERT - FILE - Patti Smith attends a special screening of "Pavarotti" at the iPic Theater in New York on May 28, 2019. Smith performed six songs as well as read poetry and excerpts from her book “Just Kids” in the Beaux-Arts Court at the museum, her voice bouncing off the skylight 60 feet above. It was a concert to also honor museum workers and drew just under 50 people, all socially distanced in widely spaced chairs. The Smith concert came on the same day in 1989 that Mapplethorpe died at age 42. It also marked the one-year anniversary of when Smith last performed live, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
"Rent" stars Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp reflect on the groundbreaking musical's 25th anniversary – and how it set the stage for "Hamilton"
The credit goes to director Michael Greif and Jonathan Larson, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical. "He was convinced he had the chance to change the face of musical theater," Rapp, who played the struggling filmmaker Mark, said of Larson's legacy. Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the words and music that Jonathan Larson created. "Jonathan Larson changed my life by believing in me and seeing the talents in me," Menzel told CBS News. Later this year, the world will hear more about Jonathan Larson when "Tick, Tick...Boom!cbsnews.com
Walmart offering free virtual summer camp for kids using star-studded cast
SAN ANTONIO Walmart is trying to help families find things to do amid the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a free star-studded virtual summer camp for children of all ages to enjoy. Camp by Walmart will offer 200-plus activities throughout the summer to help keep families and kids busy and entertained, Walmart said. Through our digital means and vast footprint of stores, were hoping to bring some summer fun to families across the country. A morning kick-off with Head Camp Counselor Harris, who sends families through one of 14 camp challenges, from Neils Charades to musical Mad Libs. A Skills Camp talent show featuring experts teaching new skills, like Menzel, who showcases her singing skills to campers.
Snoop Dogg uses Frozen to encourage people to let it go -- and Idina Menzel responds
CNN No matter his fame and notoriety, rapper Snoop Dogg proved that he's just like the rest of us -- he, too, sometimes needs to jam out to music in his car to relieve stress. "I had to come sit in my car and listen to this sh-- man," the rapper said in the video. "I'm just sitting in my car listening to 'Let It Go,'" Snoop Dogg said as he bopped his head along to the melody. Idina Menzel, the actress who voiced Elsa in the movie and sang "Let It Go," even joined in. She responded to Snoop Dogg on Thursday by jamming out to his track "Drop It Like It's Hot."
We now know why Eminem performed at the Oscars -- sort of
(CNN) -- If you want Eminem at your function, all you’ve got to do is ask. Maybe he’ll say yes on the second try. "Lose Yourself" won Eminem the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003 -- so why, in 2020, was he back on our screens, rapping about Mom's spaghetti? In an interview with Variety, Eminem said he never expected to win back then, so he didn't go. He didn't confirm that to Variety, but he did say he's open to it if the right script comes along.
'Frozen 2' soundtrack to feature Panic! at the Disco, more
Disney via CNN(CNN) - "Frozen 2" will feature some very interesting music choices. Demi Lovato had covered "Let It Go" on the end credits to the first "Frozen" movie. Other artists on the soundtrack include Kacey Musgraves singing "All is Found" and Weezer singing "Lost in the Woods." Additional songs include titles, "Some Things Never Change," "When I Am Older," and "Show Yourself." The sequel's soundtrack will be released on Nov. 15.
Idina Menzel apologizes to parents of "Let It Go" fans
Idina Menzel apologizes to parents of "Let It Go" fans In this preview of an interview to be broadcast on "Sunday Morning," Broadway musical star Idina Menzel talks to Tracy Smith about her performance of the Oscar-winning song for the animated film "Frozen," and why she sang it in a higher key.cbsnews.com