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Barefoot at the Symphony Tour
Tour by Idina Menzel
Associated albumI Stand, Live: Barefoot at the Symphony
Start dateApril 4, 2010
End dateJuly 21, 2013
No. of shows86 in North America
10 in United Kingdom
5 in Australia
101 in total
Idina Menzel concert chronology

The Barefoot at the Symphony Tour was concert tour by American actress and singer Idina Menzel. This marks Menzel's first concert tour after giving birth to her son Walker Nathaniel Diggs. The tour featured Menzel performing a diverse repoitore of classic pop, musical theater favorites—including hits from Wicked, Rent, Glee, and songs from her third studio album I Stand—all accompanied by major symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and more, featuring symphonic arrangements by Musical Director and pianist Rob Mounsey.

The show in Toronto was recorded live for a CD, DVD, and a PBS airing. Several shows on the second leg, the orchestra would be based on local musicians from the town Menzel was in.

The tour also included her Carnegie Hall debut in early 2013. It was originally set to take place in October 2012, but was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Set list

Leg 1 (2010-2011)

Act I - The Orchestra

  • The orchestras that accompany Menzel plays a 15–20 minute set before a brief intermission. Music variously changes.

15–20 minute intermission

Act II - Idina Menzel

  1. "Life of the Party" from The Wild Party
  2. "I'm Not That Girl" from Wicked
  3. "Love for Sale from The New Yorkers/ Roxanne" by The Police
  4. "Funny Girl / Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl
  5. "Asleep on the Wind" by Jimmy Webb
  6. "No Day But Today" from Rent
  7. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
  8. "Look to the Rainbow"
  9. "Good Morning Walker / I Feel So Smoochie" by Idina Menzel
  10. "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan
  11. "For Good" (a cappella) from Wicked
  12. "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
Encore
  1. "Tomorrow" from Annie
Notes
  • "Where Do I Begin" from I Stand was performed at the Jacksonville, Fl show only.
  • "Gorgeous" from I Stand was performed at certain shows.
  • "Embraceable You" was performed at certain shows.
  • "What I Did for Love" was performed at certain shows when Marvin Hamlisch conducted.
  • "The Way We Were" was performed at certain shows when Marvin Hamlisch conducted.
  • "Where or When" was performed as a duet with Menzel's husband Taye Diggs during the first Toronto show only.
  • "Poker Face" was added into the set list during the first night of the Dallas show.
  • "Heaven Help My Heart" was added into the set list in place of "Never Never Land" at the London show at Royal Albert Hall.
  • The San Francisco and Toronto shows were the only concerts that featured Menzel in two acts.
  • The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony (who accompanied Menzel during the Toronto concerts) did not play a 15–20 minute set at the Toronto shows. Because the show was filmed for PBS, the filming crew spent about 15 minutes filming closeups of the audience before jumping straight into Menzel's set.
Leg 2 (2012-2013)

Act I - The Orchestra

  • The major orchestras that accompany Menzel plays a 15–20 minute set before a brief intermission. Music variously changes.

15–20 minute intermission

Act II - Idina Menzel

  1. "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz / "The Wizard and I" from Wicked
  2. "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl'
  3. "Both Sides Now"
  4. "Wedding Singer Medley"
  5. "Love for Sale / Roxanne"
  6. "God Save My Soul"
  7. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / In Your Eyes"
  8. "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent (impromptu duet with chosen audience member)
  9. "No Day But Today" from Rent
  10. "For Good" (a cappella) from Wicked
  11. "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
Encore
  1. "You Learn to Live Without" (sneak preview from If/Then)
  2. "Somewhere" from West Side Story
Notes
  • "Where or When" was performed as a duet with Menzel's husband Taye Diggs during the New Year's Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA only on December 31, 2012.
  • "Auld Lang Syde" was performed at the New Year's Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA at midnight.
  • "Falling Slowly" from Once was performed as a duet with Declan Bennett only on April 24, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show
  • "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" was performed only on April 24, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show
  • "Life of the Party" from The Wild Party was performed on this leg only on April 24, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show
  • "I Stand" from I Stand was added into the setlist on April 24, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show
  • "Poker Face was performed on this leg only on April 24th, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show
  • "I Know Him So Well" from Chess was performed as a duet with Elaine Paige only on April 24th, 2013 at the Hackney Empire in London Show

Tour dates

Date City Country Orchestra Venue
North America
April 24, 2010 Jacksonville United States Jacksonville Symphony Metropolitan Park
May 4, 2010 Boston Boston Pops Symphony Hall, Boston
May 5, 2010
June 17, 2010 Dallas Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
June 24, 2010 Philadelphia Philadelphia Orchestra Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 29, 2010 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
July 2, 2010 Lenox Boston Pops Tanglewood Music Center
July 9, 2010 San Francisco San Francisco Symphony Davies Symphony Hall
July 17, 2010 Washington DC National Symphony Orchestra Wolf Trap
July 31, 2010 Bethel Boston Pops Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 1, 2010 Hyannis Village Green
September 24, 2010 Cincinnati Cincinnati Pops Cincinnati Music Hall
September 25, 2010
September 26, 2010
October 2, 2010 Brookville Long Island Orchestra Tilles Center
October 28, 2010 Washington DC National Symphony Orchestra John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
October 29, 2010
October 30, 2010
November 5, 2010 Denver Colorado Symphony Boettcher Concert Hall
November 7, 2010 Costa Mesa Orange County Orchestra Orange County Performing Arts Center
November 12, 2010 Atlanta Atlanta Symphony Atlanta Symphony Hall
December 17, 2010 West Palm Beach Florida Orchestra Kravis Performing Arts Center
January 23, 2011 St. Louis St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Powell Hall
February 3, 2011 Red Bank New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Count Basie Theatre
February 5, 2011 New York City New York Philharmonic David Geffen Hall
March 2, 2011 Indianapolis Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Hilbert Circle Theatre
March 31, 2011 Raleigh North Carolina Symphony Meymandi Concert Hall
May 6, 2011 Hartford Hartford Symphony Orchestra The Bushnell
May 15, 2011 Spokane Spokane Symphony Fox Theater
June 2, 2011 Newark Musical Moments Symphony Orchestra New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 7, 2011 Nashville Nashville Symphony Schermerhorn Symphony Center
June 25, 2011 Cincinnati Cincinnati Pops Riverbend Music Center
July 2, 2011 Cleveland Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Center
July 9, 2011 Atlanta Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chastain Park
July 17, 2011 Morrison Colorado Symphony Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 30, 2011 Park City Utah Symphony Deer Valley Amphitheatre
August 27, 2011 La Jolla San Diego Symphony Salk Institute for Biological Studies
September 17, 2011 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Kleinhans Music Hall
October 14, 2011 Houston, TX Houston Symphony Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
Europe
October 6, 2011 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Album

The Toronto performance was recorded for a live album, released as Live: Barefoot at the Symphony. It was released on March 6, 2012 by Concord Records and peaked at 53 on the US charts.

Tracks
  1. Life of the Party from The Wild Party
  2. The Professor (spoken track)
  3. Love for Sale / Roxanne from The New Yorkers/by The Police
  4. "You Were Good" (spoken track)
  5. Funny Girl / Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl
  6. Asleep on the Wind by Jimmy Webb
  7. Jonathan (spoken track)
  8. No Day But Today from Rent
  9. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
  10. Marvin's Long Lost Brother (spoken track by Marvin Hamlisch)
  11. Where or When from Babes in Arms (duet with Taye Diggs)
  12. Heaven Help My Heart from Chess
  13. Thank You (spoken track)
  14. For Good from Wicked (a cappella)
  15. Defying Gravity from Wicked
  16. Tomorrow from Annie

PBS/DVD

The Toronto performance was also filmed for a PBS special, that was later released as a DVD. It goes by the same name as the album, and has gained rave reviews.

Radio broadcast

One of the London concerts was recorded and aired live on BBC Radio. The concert featured:

  1. Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
  2. The Wizard and I from Wicked
  3. Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl
  4. Both Sides Now by Judy Collins
  5. Say it to Me Now (Declan Bennett solo)
  6. Falling Slowly (w/ Declan Bennett) from Once
  7. (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles
  8. Love for Sale/Roxanne from The New Yorkers/by The Police
  9. At the Ballet/What I Did For Love from A Chorus Line
  10. God Save My Soul by Idina Menzel
  11. Take Me or Leave Me (w/ audience member) from Rent
    **interview**
  12. The Life of the Party from The Wild Party
  13. "I Stand" by Idina Menzel, from the album I Stand
  14. Poker Face by Lady Gaga
  15. If You Love Me (Elaine Paige solo) by Brownstone
  16. I Know Him So Well (w/ Elaine Paige) from Chess
  17. Still Haven't Found/In Your Eyes by Jimmy Walsh
  18. For Good from Wicked
  19. Defying Gravity from Wicked
  20. No Day But Today from Rent