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Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel
Background information
Birth name Idina Kim Mentzel
Born May 30, 1971 (1971-05-30) (age 38)
Long Island, New York
Genres Pop / Vocal / Broadway
Occupations Singer, Actress, Songwriter
Years active 1995-present
Labels Hollywood Records
1998-1999
Warner Bros. Records 2008-present
Website idinamenzel.com
.Idina Kim Menzel (pronounced /ɪˈdiːnə mɛnˈzɛl/; née Mentzel; born May 30, 1971) is an American actress, singer and songwriter.^ Idina was born on 30th May 1971 in New York.
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^ Birthname: Idina Kim Mentzel Nationality: American Born: May 30 1971 (38 years old) .
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^ Born in Syosset, New York, on May 30, 1971, Idina Kim Mentzel, nicknamed Dee, was raised in New York and New Jersey.
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.She is widely known for originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked.^ She is widely known for originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked.

^ Idina is best known for originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked .

^ Originated the roles of Elphaba in Wicked, and Maureen in Rent.

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Early life

.Menzel was born on Long Island, New York,[1] to a Jewish family.^ Idina Menzel : Idina Menzel was born May 30 1971 in Long Island, New York as Idina Kim Mentzel.
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^ Belonging to parents of Jewish heritage and ancestry, Idina Menzel belongs to the Long Island area of New York.
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^ Menzel was born in Long Island, New York as "Idina Kim Mentzel", of Jewish heritage.

[2] .Her mother, Helene, is a therapist, and her father, Stuart Mentzel, worked as a pajama salesman.^ Her parents, Stuart, a pajama salesman, and Helene Mentzel, a therapist, divorced when she was 15 years old.
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^ Her mother, Helene, is a therapist, and her father, Stuart Mentzel, worked as a pajama salesman.

^ The Jewish actress was born Idina Kim Mentzel on May 30, 1971 in Long Island, New York to a pajama salesman named Stuart Mentzel and his therapist wife, Helene.
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[3] .She was raised in Syosset, New York, with her younger sister Cara, and later changed her last name (Mentzel) because of constant mispronunciation.^ Idina has one sister named Cara.
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^ She was born in Syosset, New York, USA, under the name Idina Kim Mentzel.
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^ She was raised in Syosset, New York with her younger sister Cara and later changed her surname (Mentzel) because of constant mispronunciation.

[4] .When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job which she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.^ Around that time Menzel began singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs, which she would carry into her college years at New York University where she studied drama.
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^ When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she started working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job which she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

^ Menzel chose to enroll at New York University's School of Arts and majored in music instead of drama.
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[5] .She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Drama at NYU prior to being cast in Jonathan Larson's rock musical Rent.^ She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Drama at NYU prior to being cast in Jonathan Larson's rock musical "Rent".

^ After getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama, she returned to singing at weddings for a while.
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^ She graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Drama.
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.She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent.^ She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent.

^ Though the "Private Practice" actor had a few names in mind, he said they were waiting to see the baby first before making a final decision.
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^ Tags: College , musicals , Josh Groban , chess musical , Adam Pascal , Jimmy Kimmel , rent musical , Aida musical , wicked musical .
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Theatre career

.In 1995, Menzel auditioned for Rent, which became her first professional theater job and her Broadway debut.^ In 1995, Menzel auditioned for "Rent", which became her first professional theater job and her Broadway debut.

^ Menzel's Broadway debut came in January 1996 with her role in "Rent."

^ Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway smash Rent, singer/actress Idina Menzel made her solo debut in 1998 with the pop-soul effort...
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.Rent opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996, but it moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity.^ 'Rent' still plays on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.
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^ After "Rent" opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996, it was moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity.

^ Due to its popularity, the show found itself on Broadway at the Nederlander Theater.
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.For her performance as Maureen Johnson in the original cast of the musical, Menzel received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical.^ She had previously been nominated as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) in 1996 for her portrayal of Maureen in "Rent."
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^ Idina won a Tony Award, best leading actress in a musical, for her performance.
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^ For her performance as Maureen Johnson in the original cast of the musical, Menzel received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Her final performance in the musical was on July 1, 1997.
Following the success of Rent, Menzel released her first solo album entitled "Still I Can't Be Still" on "HollyWood Records", Menzel also originated the role of Dorothy in Summer of ’42 at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, starred as Sheila in the New York City Center Encores! production of Hair and appeared on Broadway as Amneris in Aida. .Menzel earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance as Kate in the Manhattan Theatre Club's 2000 off-Broadway production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.^ Andrew Lippa has written the scores for the Off-Broadway productions of The Wild Party and john & jen .
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^ In 2000, she earned a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of Kate in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and earned a Drama Desk award for portraying various characters in the Public Theater's 2005 production of the musical, See What I Wanna See , by Michael John LaChiusa.

^ Menzel earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance as Kate in the Manhattan Theatre Club's 2000 off-Broadway production of Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party".

.Her other off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway run of Rent and The Vagina Monologues.^ Her other off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway run of "Rent" and "The Vagina Monologues".

^ After "Rent" opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996, it was moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity.

^ Other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in "The Wild Party" and "See What I Wanna See" at the Public Theatre.  Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted", "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust".

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.In 2003, Menzel starred with actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway in Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman loosely based upon the popular 1995 Gregory Maguire novel.^ A popular Broadway and film actress, singer and songwriter.

^ In 2003, Menzel starred alongside fellow actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway in "Wicked", a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman based upon the popular 1995 Gregory Maguire novel.

^ Wicked is a musical with songs and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.
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.Menzel received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.^ Idina won a Tony Award, best leading actress in a musical, for her performance.
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^ Menzel won a Tony for her role on Wicked .
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^ Idina Menzel won a Tony for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked .
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.On her third-to-last performance of Wicked on January 8, 2005, she fell through a trap door and cracked a lower rib.^ Cracked a rib as a result of a fall through a trap door during a matine show in "Wicked" on 8 January 2005, and could not perform the next day, what was to be her last performance.
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^ On her third to last performance of "Wicked" on January 8, 2005, she fell through a trap door and cracked a lower rib.

^ Menzel hinted to Us last January that once she finished promoting her third solo album, I Stand , she would consider starting a family with Diggs.
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.The injury prevented her from performing in the January 9 show.^ Menzel was with the show from the workshop stages through January 2005 and won the Tony for her performance as Elphaba.
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^ Cracked a rib as a result of a fall through a trap door during a matine show in "Wicked" on 8 January 2005, and could not perform the next day, what was to be her last performance.
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.Menzel did, however, make a special out-of-costume appearance at that performance, performed her final song, and received a 5 minute long standing ovation.^ Menzel did, however, make a special out-of-costume appearance at that performance, performed her final song, and received a 5 minute long standing ovation.

^ She came onstage to a 5 minute long standing ovation on January 9th.
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^ Her standby Shoshana Bean covered for her, but Idina made a special out-of-costume appearance and did her final song to a standing ovation before being bid farewell at the curtain call (along with Joey McIntyre who was also leaving that day).
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[7] .Menzel was replaced by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean.^ Menzel was replaced by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean.

^ Idina Menzel was replaced by other Elphabas: Shoshana Bean .

^ Menzel was then succeeded by fellow Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis.

.Following Wicked, Menzel appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theater's production of See What I Wanna See, a Michael John LaChiusa-penned musical whose run ended in December 2005, for which she received Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award nominations.^ Menzel took the Tony-award for her role as Elphaba on the original Broadway run of “Wicked”.
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^ For her role as various characters, she received Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award nominations.

^ Following "Wicked", Menzel appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theater's production of "See What I Wanna See", a Michael John LaChiusa-penned musical whose run ended in December 2005.

.She reprised her Tony Award-winning role as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked when it opened at London's Apollo Victoria Theater on September 7, 2006.[8] During the run, she joined the ranks of highest paid female performer in the West End at $30,000 per week.^ Menzel took the Tony-award for her role as Elphaba on the original Broadway run of “Wicked”.
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^ Menzel won a Tony for her role on "Wicked."
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^ Menzel won a Tony for her role on Wicked .
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.Menzel finished her West End run on December 30, 2006. She was succeeded by Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis.^ Menzel finished her run on December 30, 2006.

^ Menzel was then succeeded by fellow Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis.

^ Kerry Ellis, the new Elphaba in Wicked , talks about what it's like to be the first British Elphaba on Broadway, and about her new solo album, "Wicked in Rock."
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.Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st Anniversary concert of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12–13, 2008 alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban.^ Groban and Menzel led the cast in this very special 21st anniversary performance of the British cult musical at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2008.
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^ Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st Anniversary concert of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12–13, 2008 alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban.

^ Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st Anniversary concert of "Chess" at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12, 2008 through May 13, 2008 alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban .

.In 2008, Menzel headlined the Powerhouse Theatre's reading of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical Nero from July 11–13, performing the role of Nero’s mistress Poppea.^ July 2008 - Idina Menzel Tickets .
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^ In 2008, Menzel headlined the Powerhouse Theatre's reading of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical Nero from July 11 to July 13, performing the role of Nero's mistress Poppea.

^ Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st Anniversary concert of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12–13, 2008 alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban.

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Film and singing career

.Menzel's film roles include appearances in Just a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, Tollbooth, Water, Ask the Dust, Enchanted, and Rent, in which she and five other original cast members reprised their stage roles.^ Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted", "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust".
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^ She has appeared in several feature films, including: Enchanted, Ask The Dust, Tollbooth, and Kissing Jessica Stein .
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^ She landed roles in films including Kissing Jessica Stein , Rent and Enchanted .
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.As a singer Menzel is known for her wide vocal range, and her use of the 'belt' technique.^ Menzel is bold, brassy and has a powerful voice with wide ranges to her notes.
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.Menzel performed at the 1998 Lilith Fair summer concert festival and continues to write and perform original music.^ Menzel performed at the 1998 Lilith Fair summer concert festival and continues to write and perform original music.

^ A skillful songwriter, Menzel writes and performs her own music.
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^ Groban and Menzel led the cast in this very special 21st anniversary performance of the British cult musical at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2008.
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.She has toured extensively and frequently performs in various venues throughout New York City.^ She has toured extensively and frequently performs in various venues throughout New York City.

^ My parents brought me into New York City from Long Island to see Broadway shows, which I loved.
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^ Born in New York City and raised with her younger sister, Menzel's parents divorced when she was fifteen.
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She produced and released her debut album, Still I Can’t Be Still, for Hollywood Records in 1998. One single from the album, "Minuet," made the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Tracks chart at #48 in October 1998.[10]
.Her second album, Here, was released independently by Zel Records in 2004. Menzel has contributed to soundtracks, including those for the film The Other Sister and the ABC television dramedy Desperate Housewives.^ Her second album, "Here", was released independently by Zel Records in 2004.

^ In early February 2004, her second album, Here , was released under Zel Records.
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^ Menzel has contributed to soundtracks, including those for the film "The Other Sister" and the ABC television dramedy "Desperate Housewives".

In 2007, she appeared on the Beowulf soundtrack singing the end credits song, "A Hero Comes Home". Also in 2007, Menzel's powerful singing voice lead her to be asked to accompany the baritone British X-Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts on his debut album, duetting on the song "What if".
.Her third solo album, I Stand, was released on January 29, 2008. It includes many new songs, including the lead single, "Brave," the title track "I Stand," and a song released on EP, "Gorgeous". The album debuted at #58 in the Billboard 200 making it the first solo album by Menzel to make the charts.^ In 2008, Menzel released a new album, "I Stand," through Warner Bros.
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^ She has just released a new single from the album, called Brave - get on itunes: .

^ I Stand album & Idina Menzel Tote ($29.99 value) .
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.There are five versions of this album: the original version, the special limited edition, the iTunes version, the Barnes & Noble edition, and the Borders edition.^ The original version is featured on her forthcoming album "I Stand" due in stores on January 29th 2008.
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^ The original version of "Ride" is featured on the Supreme Beings Of Leisure's brand new album 11i in stores now.
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^ Rent (Selections from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) View In iTunes 2 I Stand View In iTunes 3 Still I Can't Be Still View In iTunes 4 Defying Gravity (DJ Version) - EP View In iTunes 5 Defying Gravity - EP View In iTunes .
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.On April 1, 2008, Menzel kicked off her "I Stand" tour in support of her new album.^ And the new season kicks off!
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^ Idina Menzel’s new hit album “I STAND” is in stores now.
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^ On April 1, 2008, Menzel kicked off her 'I Stand' tour in support of her new album.

.On November 11, 2008, Menzel released a new single in conjunction with Major League Baseball.^ Rent (with Idina Menzel as Maureen) - November 11, 2005 release .

^ On November 11, 2008, Menzel released a new single in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

^ It includes many new tracks such as the lead single, 'Brave' as well as the title track 'I Stand' and a song released on EP, 'Gorgeous'.

.The single is entitled "Hope" and all proceeds go to Stand Up 2 Cancer.^ The single is entitled 'Hope' and all proceeds go to Stand Up 2 Cancer.

^ Idina's latest single "Hope" is also still available on Amazon and iTunes with all proceeds benefiting Stand Up To Cancer.
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^ Idina’s latest single “Hope” is also still available on Amazon and iTunes with all proceeds benefiting Stand Up To Cancer.
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.On November 27, 2008, Menzel performed "I Stand" on the M&M Candies float as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.^ Menzel is also a solo artist and has released three albums, “Still I Can't Be Still” (1998), “Here” (2004), and "I Stand" (2008).
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^ Idina Menzel , who won the Tony for Best Actress for her spectacular performance in Wicked , injured herself in a matinee performance on January 8, one day before what was to be her final performance on January 9.
  • Idina Menzel Injured JUST Before Her Finale at Wicked - Blogway Baby 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC blogwaybaby.com [Source type: General]

^ Idina Menzel - Recording With Glen Ballard A behind the scenes look of Idina recording her new album "I Stand" in stores Jan 29th, 2008.
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[11][12]
.When asked about 'Defying Gravity' being sung on Glee, Idina was asked about her musical future, and whilst she said that the movie version of 'Wicked' would probably not be around until a dip in its Broadway Box Office, she stated that she had met with Andrew Lloyd Webber about taking the role of Betty Schaefer in his much delayed Sunset Boulevard film adaptation.^ Idina Menzel is featured in Defying Gravity .

^ GLEEonFOX Idina Menzel would <3 to be on Glee!
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^ Idina Menzel - Defying gravity at Wicked...
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.As of February 2010, it is widely believed that Idina is no longer part of Sunset Boulevard as Idina wanted the role enlarged to the refusal of Lloyd-Webber.^ Idina Menzel wants to have a guest starring role on the hit Fox show as Lea Michele 's character's biological mother!
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^ View All bohemianfreak No offence to Idina Menzel, i think she's an amazing actress but i don't want her to play Elphaba in the Wicked movie.
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^ Saturday, February 6, 2010 2:00 AM B.B. King The man needs no introduction.
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.According to her husband, actor Taye Diggs, Menzel has expressed interest in guest starring on "Glee", as the biological mother of Lea Michele's character, Rachel Berry.^ PYT , glee , Lea Michele .
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^ 'Glee': Lea Michele greets and tweets Idina Menzel .
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^ The girl in Glee's name is Lea Michele.
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.Menzel and Michele have been noted by both Glee fans and Menzel's husband as having a strong physical resemblance.^ Because of Menzel and Michele's similar musical theatre background and strong resemblance, fans had been lobbying for Menzel to appear on the show as the biological mother of Michele's character, Rachel Berry.
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^ Are any of those rumors about Idina Menzel playing Lea Michele's birth mother on Glee true?
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^ [Editor: personally, given the strong resemblance between Menzel and Lea Michele, I figured producers would get her to play Rachel's biological mother.
  • Televisionary: Channel Surfing: Idina Menzel to Tackle "Glee", Zach Levi Talks "Chuck," ABC Scores Date with "Conveyor Belt of Love," and More 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

[13] .On December 10, 2009, it was confirmed that Menzel is currently in negotiations to have a recurring role on Glee, although not as Rachel Berry's mother.^ Menzel Confirmed for 2010 Episodes of "Glee" .
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^ Idina Menzel confirmed for Glee in 2010!!!!
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^ Thursday, December 10, 2009 .
  • Televisionary: Channel Surfing: Idina Menzel to Tackle "Glee", Zach Levi Talks "Chuck," ABC Scores Date with "Conveyor Belt of Love," and More 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.televisionaryblog.com [Source type: General]

.Instead, if all goes according to plan, Menzel will be playing the coach of opposing Glee club, Vocal Adrenaline.^ Menzel may appear in all of the nine remaining episodes of the season to play the coach of rival Glee Club - Vocal Adrenaline.  .
  • Idina Menzel in Official Talks to Join GLEE; Could Appear for Rest of Season 2009/12/09 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC dc.broadwayworld.com [Source type: General]

^ She'll be playing the director of Vocal Adrenaline.
  • "Glee" gets a second season and seeks new Gleeks | AfterEllen.com 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.afterellen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wicked ‘s Idina Menzel is in talks to play the coach of a rival glee club.
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[14] .Michele (along with fellow Glee star Chris Colfer) sang "Defying Gravity," the Wicked song Menzel is most famous for, on the TV show.^ Idina Menzel is featured in Defying Gravity .

^ Defying gravity is an awesome song.
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^ Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity remixes.

Personal life

.Menzel married actor Taye Diggs, her co-star from the original Broadway production of Rent, on January 11, 2003[15] after 7 years of dating.^ Diggs and Menzel met as costars in Broadway's Rent They married in 2003 after several years of courtship.
  • 'Rent' couple Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel baby boy 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.postchronicle.com [Source type: General]

^ Menzel married actor Taye Diggs, her co-star from the original Broadway production of "Rent", on January 11, 2003 after 7 years of dating.

^ While starring in the original Broadway production of “Rent” (1996), Idina met costar Taye Diggs (born Scott L. Diggs; January 2, 1971).
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They have a Yorkshire Terrier named Sammy Davis Jr.[16] and two cats named Ella and Coltrane, whom they call their "Jazz Cats" because they were named after famous jazz performers. .On December 6, 2004, it was reported by the New York Post that Menzel and Diggs were threatened with harm in a series of letters because of their interracial marriage.^ On December 6, 2004, it was reported by the "New York Post" that Menzel and Diggs were threatened with harm in a series of letters because of their interracial marriage.

^ She splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, where her husband, Taye Diggs (they met in "Rent"), stars in TV's "Private Practice."
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^ A native of Long Island, Menzel started as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, continuing through studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
  • Star of 'Wicked' and 'Rent,' Idina Menzel keeps hitting the high notes on her first concert tour : Theater : The Rocky Mountain News 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.rockymountainnews.com [Source type: General]

[17] Their son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, was born on September 2, 2009.[18]

Charity

.Menzel was an Honorary Chair of the Imperial Court of New York's Annual Charity Coronation Ball, Night of A Thousand Gowns on March 21, 2009. Other Honorary Chairs for the evening's charity event included Sir Elton John CBE, Patti LuPone, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Rivers and Dame Robin Strasser.^ New York, New York United States Profile Views: 634921 Last Login: 12/17/2009 .
  • Idina Menzel on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 22 January 2010 17:42 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ From September to December, Idina started in See What I Wanna See at the New York Public Theatre, the soundtrack for which was released on March 7, 2006.
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^ Idina Menzel checking in from Wilmington, DE getting ready for her PBS Special at Rose Hall in New York.
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[19]

Work

Theatre

Start year Production Role Notes and awards
1996 Rent Maureen Johnson
2000 The Wild Party Kate
  • Performances: Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I (February 24, 2000 - April 9, 2000)
  • Nominated - 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Summer of '42 Dorothy
  • Performances: The Norma Terris Theatre (August 10, 2000 - September 3, 2000)
2001 Hair Sheila
  • Performances: New York City Center - (May 3, 2001 - May 7, 2001)
Aida Amneris
  • Replacement Broadway Cast
  • Performances: Palace Theatre (September 13, 2001 - January 27, 2002)
2002 The Vagina Monologues Performer
  • Performances: Westside Theatre (Downstairs) (March 5, 2002 - April 14, 2002)
Funny Girl (concert) Fanny Brice
  • Performances: New Amsterdam Theatre (September 23, 2002)
  • Performed "Cornet Man"
2003 Wicked Elphaba
2005 See What I Wanna See Kesa /
The Wife (Lily) /
The Actress (Deanna)
  • Performances: The Public Theater (October 30, 2005 - December 4, 2005)
  • Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical
  • Nominated - Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
2006 Wicked (London) Elphaba
  • Original London West End cast
  • Performances: Apollo Victoria Theatre (September 7, 2006 - December 30, 2006)
  • Won - WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical
2008 Chess in Concert (concert) Florence Vassy
  • Performances: Royal Albert Hall (May 12, 2008 - May 13, 2008)
Nero Poppea
  • Performances: Powerhouse Theatre (July 11, 2008 - July 13, 2008)

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes and awards
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Bridesmaid
2002 Just a Kiss Linda
2004 The Tollbooth Raquel Cohen-Flaxman
Water Jessy Turner
2005 Rent Maureen Johnson Nominated - 2005 Northeastern Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - 2005 Northeastern Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated - 2005 Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated - 2005 Washington Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
2006 Ask the Dust Vera Rivkin
2007 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway as Herself Recorded her own rendition of "Lullaby of Broadway" for the end credits
Enchanted Nancy Tremaine

Television

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album U.S. UK Worldwide sales
1998 Still I Can't Be Still 9,000
2004 Here unknown
2008 I Stand 58 54 unknown

Singles

Year Title U.S. AC U.S. Dance R&R Album
1998 "Minuet"
48
Still I Can't Be Still
2006 "Take Me or Leave Me"
32
Rent soundtrack
2007 "Defying Gravity"
5
non-album single
2008 "Brave"
19
I Stand
"Gorgeous"
3
"Hope"
non-album single

Cast recordings

Year Title Label
1996 Rent (Original Broadway Cast Recording) DreamWorks Records
2000 The Wild Party (Lippa) (Off-Broadway) RCA Victor Broadway
2003 Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Decca Records
2005 Rent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Warner Bros. Records
2006 See What I Wanna See (2005 Original Off-Broadway Cast) Sh-K-Boom Records
2009 Chess in Concert (Live Recording of 2008 Royal Albert Hall Performance) Reprise Records
2009 Highlights from Chess in Concert (Live Recording of 2008 Royal Albert Hall Performance) Reprise Records

Miscellaneous

Year Song Album Label
1998 "Follow If You Lead" The Other Sister (Music From The Motion Picture) Hollywood Records
2003 "How Shall I See You Through My Tears", "The Want of a Nail" (Backing vocals) Camp (Music from the Motion Picture) Decca Records
"I Saw Three Ships" .Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol.^ Carols for a Cure vol 1 (1999) .
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5
Rock-It Science Records
2005 "Damsel In Distress" Music from and Inspired by Desperate Housewives Hollywood Records
"I Will Be There" Genius & Friends Rhino Records
2007 "A Hero Comes Home" (End Credit Version) Beowulf (Music from the Motion Picture) Warner Bros. Records
2008 "What If" (duet with Rhydian Roberts) Rhydian Syco Records
2008 "Brave"

References

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  4. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (2005-11-29). "Gig was weddings before Rent called; Menzel's big voice 'discovered' at age 5 Witch role in Wicked made her a star". The Toronto Star. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/932866611.html?dids=932866611:932866611&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
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  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (November 27, 2008). "Macy's Parade Features White Christmas, In the Heights, South Pacific, Hair and Mermaid". Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/123743.html. "[...]and Tony winner Idina Menzel will offer "I Stand" on the M&M's on Broadway float." 
  13. ^ http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/12/03/wickeds-idina-menzel-would-love-to-guest-star-on-glee/
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (Dec 10, 2009). "Broadway Star Idina Menzel Heading to "Glee"". ABC. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9298341. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Hitched: Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs". Variety. 2003-01-30. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117879765.html?categoryid=27&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
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