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Broadway artists get a win for Best Original Song

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The power of Broadway music and singing was evident at last night’s 86th Academy Awards Ceremony. The song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Both a songwriter and the presenting singer of “Let It Go” have Broadway credits in their resumes in addition to their work in film.

Idina Menzel sang a show stopping version of “Let It Go” during the live broadcast. Menzel, who will also be starring in the Broadway musical If/Then which opens later this month, was the voice of Elsa in the movie, “Frozen.” Menzel is well known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Broadway hit “Wicked” for which she won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

“Let It Go” brought a first Academy Award for songwriters Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez. By winning last night, Robert Lopez became the youngest person to hold the distinction of being an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner). He also holds the record for taking only ten years to complete the achievement. Lopez was the Tony winner for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score in 2011 for “The Book of Mormon.” He also won a Tony in 2004 for Best Original Score for “Avenue Q.”

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