LAYTON — The voice of Elsa is coming to Davis County.
Idina Menzel, best known for her work in Disney’s “Frozen,” Broadway’s “Wicked,” and other productions, will perform in Layton this summer as part of the Davis Arts Council’s Summer Nights With The Stars concert series. The concert, which is set for Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, will be Menzel’s only Utah stop on her 2017 tour.
“This community loves musicals and Disney, so it seemed like a match made in heaven,” said Teri Cowan, a member of the Davis Arts Council. “We’re pretty excited, and the community seems pretty excited.”
Menzel first gained national recognition because of her Broadway work, originating the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical “Rent” in 1996 and Elphaba in 2003’s “Wicked.” She was nominated for a Tony in the first role, and won one for the latter. She also appeared in the TV series “Glee,” had a role in the 2007 Disney film “Enchanted,” and was the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney’s 2013 movie “Frozen.” Most recently, she took on Bette Midler’s role in a 2017 TV adaptation of “Beaches.”
Her 2017 tour starts this March in Osaka, Japan, before heading to New York in April. The tour will also make a brief stop in Canada in July, one of several locations where Menzel will only be making one stop. She’ll be in Colorado for only one concert, set for Aug. 18, before heading to Layton the next day. A few days later, she’ll be heading to Washington state for another singular concert.
“We think it’s going to be an awesome event,” she said.
When asked how Layton got her to come to Davis County rather than one of the larger venues elsewhere in the state, Cowan added that they used the same techniques that have brought groups like Chicago and Styx out in previous years.
“We keep good, open communication with artists, agents and managers,” she said. “We’re always trying to put together an eclectic season that will be good for the community.”
The big question for many Davis County residents, however, will be how to get tickets to the one-night only event. Though season ticket holders do get the first crack at tickets, it can be hard to get on the list.
“We have a waiting list for subscriptions, but people are more than welcome to call and ask that their names be put on it,” she said. “Sometimes, people want to give up their tickets because they have to move. If you’re interested in the whole season, it never hurts to get on the list.”
If you’re only looking for Menzel, however, she said it’s best to wait until the tickets go on sale to the public in April. Though people can also purchase tickets over the phone or in person, Cowan said the most efficient way to get tickets is online.
“It’s the easiest way,” she said. “Even if we’re in the office, we’re all working off the same site.”
They’re happy to welcome anyone who wants to come get tickets in person, however.
“Some people get intimidated and want to have a person in front of them,” she said.
The rest of this year’s Summer Nights With The Stars concert series will be announced later this spring. For more information, visit davisarts.org.