Idina Menzel welcomes lawmakers' vocal support
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Idina Menzel says she adores the fact that the ringtone on Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Pressure builds on Pompeo as impeachment inquiry charges ahead GOP lawmakers fear Trump becoming too consumed by impeachment fight MORE’ (R-Kan.) phone is “Let it Go.”

“I loved it,” the singer behind the “Frozen” smash-hit exclaimed Wednesday. But, Menzel said, Roberts “seemed so embittered by it. I was like, ‘It’s all good. Everybody’s phone goes off.’”


The Oscar- and Grammy-winning song interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing last month when Roberts’ phone began to ring.

“Aw, come on,” Roberts, 78, said as laughter erupted throughout the hearing room. “Just let it go,” Roberts quipped to laughs, before offering an apology for the interruption.

“His grandchildren love it,” a Roberts spokeswoman later said in a statement. “He balances ‘Let it Go’ with Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk the Line.’”

“I thought it would be magnificent if it was just his own little ringtone,” Menzel said, “but I heard he does have kid, grandkids.”

ITK caught up with the Broadway and film star in downtown Washington as she was being honored as part of USA Today’s 2015 Make a Difference Day Awards. The luncheon, emceed by “Today” anchor Natalie Morales — who came straight to the nation’s capital from New York following the morning show — recognizes people who inspire volunteerism around the country.

The organization Menzel co-founded, A BroaderWay Foundation, provides arts-focused programs to girls from underserved communities in an effort to boost confidence and leadership skills.

“We help young girls find their voices, which is what I can relate to, because, as I always say, you can be someone like me, that gets to use your voice all the time to express yourself, and still have a need to find my own inner voice,” the Tony winner says.

Menzel is also using her voice to push for arts funding. When asked how lawmakers in the nation’s capital can make a difference, the “Rent” and “Wicked” actress replied, “I think they could do a lot to support the arts. I think that the arts are constantly the first thing to go. And you ask anybody that’s successful — as an artist, performer, singer, dancer, actor — and they’ll tell you that the arts are what saved them as children, what gave them helping find out who they are, kept them from going crazy if they had a chaotic upbringing."

She added, “And that’s just the touchy-feely stuff. Then there’s all the science-based proof about how it affects your brain. So it’d be nice if it wasn’t always the go-to cut.”