Idina Menzel Made These Two Kid’s ‘Frozen’ Dreams Come True—And Maybe Your Child’s, Too!
Ready yourselves for these amazing sing-alongs of "Let it Go."
At Idina Menzel’s recent tour stop on Saturday, July 30, at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, young music fans got to live out the dream of a lifetime. Not only were a group of hopeful songbirds invited onstage to sing the Frozen classic "Let it Go" alongside Menzel, but one 11-year-old boy in particular was so amazing that he was asked to perform an encore.
Luke Chacko, who is a longtime fan of the Tony Award winner, was hand-plucked from the captivated crowd because of his powerful pipes, and, well, because he was the only "dude" in the group. Menzel acknowledged during the concert that boys aren’t particularly fond of the catchy hit song.
"Every time a boy comes up, he tells me he doesn't really like this song," the 46-year-old Wicked co-star said. To which, Chacko responded, "Heck to the no! I’m offended."
Safe to say, the audience was charmed and entertained before Chacko opened his mouth to sing. But by the time he started to belt out those legendary high notes, it became clear that Chacko was a star. So much so, Menzel made a special request for him to sing the song again, as you can see in the video below.
"You’re very special," Menzel said. "We'll have to talk about this later."
However, he’s not the only talented young Southerner to have his dream fulfilled in front of an audience and, arguably, one of Broadway’s biggest stars.
Lilah Rose Benjamin, who’s starting first grade at Scales Elementary School in Brentwood, Tennessee, also got her moment in the limelight on Tuesday, August 1, at Menzel’s tour stop in Nashville, Tennessee.
Like the fans that were picked for the Grand Prairie show, Benjamin’s selection was completely random, but also perfectly timed, considering the 6-year-old had just advanced to the next round of a local singing competition on the same day as the concert. Not to mention, Benjamin, too, was also a loyal fan of Menzel’s, long before the successful Disney animated film and its famous tune.
"She actually used to tell everyone her name was Elphaba (Menzel’s titular character in Wicked)," Benjamin’s mother, Abbey Benjamin, told SL.
Just after Menzel asked for all the kids to join her onstage in Music City, Benjamin raced at the chance—literally—with her father sprinting and carrying her down the stairs to make sure she got her shot.
"When she put the microphone up to me, I felt happy because I got to sing with Idina at the Ryman Auditorium," Benjamin recalled.
Take a look at the moment, posted on Facebook by Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy, where Benjamin currently takes music lessons.
"Idina welcomed each child so kindly," Benjamin's mother added. "Even though everyone should be star struck because of her unbelievable talent, she has a way of making each of the kids feel special, comfortable, and adored (or fancy, as my daughter Lilah said). Between Idina and the amazing crowd reaction, Lilah's summer vacation was made!"
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Is your child one of the millions completed enchanted by Frozen and its popular song? Well, if you plan on attending one of Idina Menzel’s concerts in St. Louis or Kansas City, Missouri, he or she just may have the chance to sing their favorite parts of "Let it Go," while standing next to the incredible voice behind it.