Singer/actress Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go” from the Disney smash hit Frozen during the Oscars, ABC announced Tuesday, leaving no doubt that the film’s best-selling soundtrack has earned its place in pop culture history.
The animated fairy tale Frozen is up for two Oscar nominations. “Let it Go,” the flick’s theme song, is a nominee in the Best Original Song Category alongside “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and “The Moon Song” (Her).
The Oscars – which will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 2 on ABC – marks the first time that Menzel will sing “Let it Go” for a global live audience.
“It’s really happening,” wrote Menzel on Twitter Tuesday morning. “I’m singing on the Oscars! Surreal. Thank u frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.”
But despite calling the news “surreal,” Menzel – a Tony Award winner – seems to have already begun practice live renditions of “Let it Go” in anticipation of her performance on film’s biggest evening.
The 42-year-old – whose previous movie roles include “Enchanted” and “Rent” – took to the stage last Sunday in Los Angeles as part of a live cabaret with fellow Frozen cast mates Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana, earning a standing ovation from the audience with her solo performance of the catchy Disney tune.
Frozen – directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee – has proved to be a success for Disney , earning more than $900 million dollars at the box office worldwide. The film will be available for download on Feb. 25 and Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18.