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Idina Menzel

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Idina Kim Menzel (pronounced /ɪˈdiːnə mɛnˈzɛl/; née Mentzel; born May 30, 1971) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She is widely known for originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked.

Idina was born on Long Island, New York, to a Jewish family. Her mother, Helene, is a therapist, and her father, Stuart Mentzel, worked as a pajama salesman. She was raised in Syosset, New York, with her younger sister Cara, and later changed the spelling of her last name (Mentzel) because of constant mispronunciation.

When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer. A job she continued throughout her time at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Drama at NYU.

In 1995, Menzel auditioned for Rent, which became her first professional theater job and her Broadway debut. Rent opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996. it moved to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity. For her performance as Maureen Johnson in the original cast, 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.

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  • pgrigori

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [24]

    2 hours ago Reply
  • doowniwevets

    ".......and later changed the spelling of her last name (Mentzel) because of constant mispronunciation. " .....not good enough for Travolta to get it right apparently. lol [2]

    13 Apr 7:34pm Reply
  • caio_henrique13

    ♪ LERIGOOOOU♪ LERIGOOOOOU ♪

    9 Apr 3:05pm Reply
  • angel_clipped

    ".......and later changed the spelling of her last name (Mentzel) because of constant mispronunciation. " .....not good enough for Travolta to get it right apparently. lol

    7 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • edikstepanov

    Заспамили все ><

    7 Apr 11:47am Reply
  • ArturoCeballos

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [23]

    6 Apr 8:16pm Reply
  • TER142

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [22]

    6 Apr 8:23am Reply
  • rockkwithyou

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [21]

    5 Apr 11:05pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    No. Demi killed the song. I have no idea why you people have decided that 'killing' a song is a compliment.

    2 Apr 5:13pm Reply
  • d-imensions

    I love that her version of Let It Go is more popular than Demi Lovato's lololol. Idina KILLED THAT SONG! [3] QUEEN

    30 Mar 6:21pm Reply
  • betorfs

    I love that her version of Let It Go is more popular than Demi Lovato's lololol. Idina KILLED THAT SONG! [2]

    25 Mar 12:47am Reply
  • H-u-g-o-

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [20]

    24 Mar 11:56am Reply
  • xtinahalliwell

    I love that her version of Let It Go is more popular than Demi Lovato's lololol. Idina KILLED THAT SONG!

    24 Mar 6:42am Reply
  • felipexcx

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [19]

    23 Mar 6:38pm Reply
  • LekuBauer

    Suggest a correction: Idina Menzel -> Adele Dazeem [5] Just for fun kkkkkkk

    23 Mar 7:55am Reply
  • macychick

    Maureen, Kate, Elphaba, Nancy, Shelby, Florence, Elsa, and Elizabeth!

    23 Mar 1:56am Reply
  • mathboy9

    Suggest a correction: Idina Menzel -> Adele Dazeem [4]

    22 Mar 6:27pm Reply
  • fer_cottoncandy

    Suggest a correction: Idina Menzel -> Adele Dazeem [3]

    22 Mar 3:04pm Reply
  • feilung

    Let It Go♪ Let It Go♪

    22 Mar 7:55am Reply
  • Nabhan

    Are you kids still comparing the versions? Yes Idina's version is superior so what? Just shut up and enjoy the music already.

    22 Mar 7:48am Reply
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