Two Decades Of Idina Menzel Belter Affirmation Anthems

Because I’ve been on a Broadway soundtrack binge of late, and no-one does the “fuck you” belter anthem quite as well – or as consistently – as Idina Menzel.

(Normally, I abhor the “we’re all great and special” lyrical trope. But somehow, in a musical, it’s acceptable; and, in the case of Wicked, it’s goddamn perfection.)

Song: ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’
Production: Rent (1996) [film version 2005]
Character: Maureen Johnson
A tiger in a cage
Can never see the sun
This diva needs her stage
Baby, let’s have fun!

Song: ‘Defying Gravity’
Production: Wicked (2003)
Character: Elphaba
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity

Song: ‘Let It Go’
Production: Frozen (2013)
Character: Queen Elsa of Arendelle
It’s time to see what I can do,
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
I’m free!


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