Idina Menzel to Perform National Anthem at the Super Bowl

first_imgSuper Bowl Sunday just got a whole lot beltier. If/Then supernova Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the big game, set for February 1. She’ll be joined by John Legend, who will sing “America the Beautiful.”The Tony winner took to Instagram to say, “It was 1991 and I remember it well: Whitney sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Almost as glorious as her voice was her huge radiant smile. I am so humbled and honored to be asked this year. #SB49.” She joins a group of Broadway alums to be chosen for the honor that includes Harry Connick Jr., Vanessa Williams and Kathie Lee Gifford, as well as incoming Broadway stars Renée Fleming and Jennifer Hudson.It seems strange to even bother with giving you Menzel’s rundown, but here goes. The superstar made her Broadway debut in Rent and has since appeared in Aida, and some show called Wicked, for which she won a Tony Award. Her screen credits include Rent, Enchanted, Glee and, of course, Frozen. Her latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart last year, and she is set to embark on a world tour this summer.If/Then will have no performances January 27 through February 1 to accommodate Menzel’s rehearsal and travel schedule for the event. Performances of the Broadway tuner will resume on February 3.Menzel is no stranger to belting for sports fans. Last July, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner sang the national anthem and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” at the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Check out her out-of-the-park vocals below! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Idina Menzel Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

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New judge named for Saddam’s trial

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – One day before Saddam Hussein’s trial resumes, court officials named a new chief judge Monday and ousted another jurist off the five-member panel trying the former Iraqi leader. The changes raised new questions about the fairness of the process and provided yet more signs of disarray in a trial already marked by delays, assassinations and chaotic courtroom outbursts by the former Iraqi ruler. The new chief judge will be Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman, who like his predecessor is a Kurd. Abdel-Rahman serves on a backup panel and has been following the trial, officials said. Rizgar Mohammed Amin submitted his resignation as chief judge Jan. 15 after complaints by politicians and officials that he failed to maintain control of the proceedings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After Amin refused to withdraw his resignation, court officials had said he would be replaced by his deputy, Saeed al-Hammash, a Shiite. However, the government commission responsible for purging members of Saddam’s Baath Party complained last week that al-Hammash should not serve as chief judge because of his former membership in the former ruling party. Al-Hammash denied having joined the Baath party, and a U.S. official said Sunday that there was nothing in his background to prevent him from serving. On Monday, however, court official Raid Juhi said al-Hammash was being transferred off the case entirely and that Abdel-Rahman would be the new interim chief judge. Juhi insisted the move was not a result of the Baath membership allegation. The latest changes add to the charged atmosphere surrounding the trail since it began Oct. 19 and may further raise questions about the fairness of the proceedings. Two defense lawyers have been assassinated and a third fled the country since the trial began. Saddam and seven others have been accused in the deaths of about 140 Shiites following a failed assassination attempt in 1982 against the former ruler in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. They could be hanged if convicted. last_img read more