On Dec. 17th, Jenn Colella went on for Idina Menzel for the very first time since the beginning of the run (even since its out of town try outs in Washington, DC in 2013). Idina’s usual standby (Jackie Burns) was on vacation, so if Idina called out, Jenn was the next in line. Jenn was an amazing Elizabeth; she played her very warmly and was able to add some of her own spins and riffs to these amazing songs while sounding incredible. 4 understudies were on during this performance (Janet Krupin also went on for Tamika Lawrence), which made everyone be on their toes and gave the audience a completely fresh show.
Some Broadway magic happened at this matinee and I hope it keeps happening over and over again. More people should be able to experience her Elizabeth.