Thursday, 1 September 2011

Idina Menzel at the Salk

On Saturday night there was a fundraiser at the Salk Institute in La Jolla.

The plaza between the tall towers was dressed up in sparkles and lights and round tables in front of a massive stage. No photography was allowed.

The entertainment was Broadway Star Idina Menzel backed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

She came out in a long flowing yellow strapless gown and sang hits from Wicked, Rent, Annie and even a few lullabies that she and her husband, actor Taye Diggs, made up for their 2-year old son Walker.

Sitting directly across from her (albeit two stories up on the North Tower balcony) offered a perfect view of her profile. It was a bit like being behind-the-scenes.

Don’t know if it was more fun listening to her belt out a range of songs (from Poker Face to Roxanne) or watching the interplay between her and the sound engineer.

It was wildly amusing trying to decipher her sign language. Even the obvious ‘thumbs up’ signal was likely indicative of ‘pump up the volume’.

Fun night from a fascinating vantage point!

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