Idina Menzel is replacing Bette Midler as Lifetime remakes the classic friendship drama "Beaches" so it's no surprise that Menzel has also re-recorded Midler's hit song from the film. Lifetime released Menzel's music video for "Wind Beneath My Wings" on Wednesday, and you can watch it now by using the media player included with this article.
The original "Wind Beneath My Wings" was a smash hit for Midler after the release of "Beaches" in 1988 and remains one of her best-known songs. Midler starred in the film as the adult version of actress C.C. Bloom, who maintains a decades-long friendship with Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) through their childhoods, marriages, career troubles and illness. The song reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 and won two Grammy Awards in 1990 for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. You can watch the original music video here.
The new music video isn't so much a music video as it is footage of Menzel recording the song. No clips from the upcoming film are included and the camera stays with the award-winning singer and actress as she belts out the tune in a studio. The song will be available digitally as part of Beaches: Soundtrack from the Lifetime Original Movie, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on Jan. 17 and is available for pre-order now on iTunes.
It's setting a very high bar to try and match Midler's famously soaring vocals from the original version, but if anyone can manage it, it's Menzel who's known for her own impressive pipes on the ballads "Defying Gravity" and "Let It Go." While her version will likely leave something to be desired for purists she does the best to make this classic ballad her own and will likely win over new audiences who haven't heard the song before, potentially getting them interested for when the remake airs in just about a month.
Menzel will star as C.C. alongside Nia Long - who recently appeared in another film-to-TV remake, the short-lived ABC sitcom "Uncle Buck" - as Hillary in the new "Beaches," which premieres Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. The Beaches album follows the September release of her second pop album Idina, also for Warner Bros. Menzel has wrapped her live performance schedule for 2016 but fans interested in future dates should keep an eye on her artist page at AXS.
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