Idina Menzel and Billy Porter get in the holiday spirit
The duo covered Irving Berlin’s Christmas jazz standard for Menzel’s latest holiday album, Christmas: A Season of Love, which arrived last October.
The full-length found the Tony winner collaborating with various guest artists on a selection of holiday classics and brand new original songs, such as A Hand for Mrs Claus.
Among them are Broadway veterans like Frozen co-star Josh Gad and Menzel’s husband Aaron Lohr as well as pop powerhouse Ariana Grande.
In a recent sit-down with Broadway World, Menzel opened up about the inspiration behind her second Christmas album.
“I wanted to find a balance of songs people know, but also find some that were a little bit more obscure. I envisioned it being a big-band album, obviously with lots of horns and strings. Kind of like a holiday party, but you know, the kids can come… so there’s not too much alcohol!” she explained.
While Christmas is less than a month away, the vocalist has recently unveiled the accompanying music video for her duet with Porter, I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.
The Mercedes Bryce Morgan-directed visual finds the two musicians cheerfully waltzing through a frozen snow town, while singing “The snow is snowing, the wind it is blowing/But I can weather the storm/What do I care how much it may storm/I got my love to keep me warm.”
In addition to releasing Christmas: A Season of Love, Menzel has recently appeared in the long-awaited sequel to Frozen, in which she portrays Elsa.