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Idina Menzel

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Long Island, New York (1971 – present)

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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  • wxthever

    Always Starting Over >>>>>>> [2]

    14 Oct 5:25pm Reply
  • LinVia9

    poker face &I Dreamed a Dream covers in glee

    14 Oct 3:39pm Reply
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    literally everything else Idina has done > Let It Go [2] true

    24 Sep 9:23am Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    literally everything else Idina has done > Let It Go

    22 Sep 6:54pm Reply
  • fredzx

    Always Starting Over >>>>>>>

    16 Sep 5:41am Reply
  • fredzx

    Parem de ouvir Let it Go e vão ouvir o álbum de If/Then

    16 Sep 5:41am Reply
  • staple_

    Queen! <3

    31 Aug 2:50am Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    v more like poor Idina

    19 Aug 11:02am Reply
  • miharusan

    This is Adele Danzim, eh? [2] löl poor Travolta gonna hear that for the rest of his life x))))

    11 Jul 3:41pm Reply
  • miharusan

    I......I just realized something.......Idina played Rachel's mom on Glee, I feel so ashamed ><;;;;;;;

    11 Jul 3:38pm Reply
  • RafaFX

    If/Then cast recording <3

    25 Jun 1:54am Reply
  • vitorgfs

    No Good Deed is a masterpiece! My favorite from the Wicked soundtrack and possibly my all-time music from musicals favorite

    20 Jun 10:21pm Reply
  • EpicFuse

    Sweet baby Jesus. I can't stop listening to Let It Go.

    5 Jun 5:08pm Reply
  • macychick

    Ok, Frozen is great, but Idina's songs in Wicked are FABULOUS! Don't ever forget them, people. Oh, and the Rent ones, either. [3] Not to mention her new musical If/Then.

    5 Jun 4:42am Reply
  • themarilyn21

    i wish we had the wicked soundtrack as an artist. all the songs are simply wonderful!

    5 Jun 3:37am Reply
  • DJGabster

    let it go (armin van buuren remix) ! ♥

    4 Jun 6:40pm Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [36]

    3 Jun 7:00pm Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    Ok, Frozen is great, but Idina's songs in Wicked are FABULOUS! Don't ever forget them, people. Oh, and the Rent ones, either [2].

    3 Jun 6:59pm Reply
  • GARLIKBREAD

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [35]

    25 May 3:50pm Reply
  • Flubbar

    Let It Go (Idina Menzel's version) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let It Go (Demi Lovato's version) [34]

    25 May 3:46pm Reply
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