It’s a song made famous by Bette Midler — topping the Billboard charts and winning two 1990 Grammys (for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year). And now the classic anthem “Wind Beneath My Wings” is being reborn by Tony winner Idina Menzel.
On Friday, the 45-year-old Wicked alum posted a music video of her rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” on her official Facebook page — instantaneously queueing the tears of listeners across the country.
The cover comes in honor of Lifetime’s upcoming Beaches TV movie, which recreates Garry Marshall’s 1988 tearjerker for the small screen nearly 30 years after its premiere. The movie soundtrack is now available for pre-order.
Menzel, 45, steps into Midler’s shoes of C.C. Bloom, the brash struggling singer-turned-star whose success pushes friend Hillary aside. Barbara Hershey played Midler’s BFF on the big screen, while Nia Long will tackle the character for Lifetime.
“I don’t particularly like to choose projects where I have to walk in an icon’s footsteps,” Menzel explained to Entertainment Tonight of her fear of taking on the role. “I found though — after I said ‘no’ a bunch of times, because I was terrified — that there’s a whole young audience that had never even heard of Beaches.”
She’s been blessed by Midler in the role since, though. “Can’t wait to see Idina Menzel as CC in Lifetime’s Beaches!” Midler tweeted in August. “DON’T TELL ME THE ENDING!”
The supportive message was important to Menzel, who had previously called Midler “one of my all-time idols.”
“It meant the world to me,” she told ET. “I don’t think she’s very forthcoming with compliments. She can be tough, so I’ll take that.”
“I hope to make her proud,” she added.
While Menzel’s performance as Bloom doesn’t debut until January, her version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” retains much of Midler’s emotion while going in a slightly more modern direction.
It was written by songwriters Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley — and originally recorded by Kenyan/British singer Roger Whittaker in 1982. Covers of the song were recorded by Lee Greenwood (1982), Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & The Pips (1983) and Gary Morris (1983) before Midler tackled the tune in 1988 and turned it into an iconic anthem for overlooked, dying best friends everywhere.
Midler’s version remains the highest-charting version ever. She recently appeared on the 2014 Oscars and performed the track — the same year AFI ranked it as one of the 100 greatest songs in the past 100 years of American cinema (it came in at no. 44).
Beaches debuts Jan. 21 (8 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.