Thanks for being a friend! When it comes to musical adaptations of pop culture touchstones, Idina Menzel has only one TV show in mind: The golden girls.
The Broadway veteran confessed as much during an appearance on Friday’s (May 20) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show when she stopped to surprise Barlow & Bear, the songwriting duo behind the Grammy Award Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical – who started life as a simple TikTok challenge and ended up beating the other nominees by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cinderella), Bob Dylan (North country girl) and more at the 2022 ceremony in the musical theater album category.
Eventually, host Kelly Clarkson turned the conversation to Menzel to ask which TV show she would choose to adapt, and she had her answer ready. The reason? “I always try to get roles that I know I’ll grow into,” she joked, though she didn’t specify which of the four Golden Girls – created by the late great Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty – she imagined herself performing on the Broadway stage.
As for Clarkson, she was on a similar wavelength to the Bad star. “See, I thought we were the same age, because mine was design women! I just want to hear this Dixie Carter monologue in song form,” she joked to Menzel before acknowledging that the young songwriting duo between them had probably never seen either show.
Earlier this year, Menzel also took part in another TikTok trend, hilariously resurrecting John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” gaffe at the 2014 Oscars for the viral “Not My Name” challenge.
Watch Menzel squirt The golden girls below.