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Idina Menzel Returns to GLEE in Season 3

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will return to GLEE for a season three arc, according to reports from Deadline. Menzel could appear in up to 12 episodes throughout the season.

Menzel will reprise her role as Rachel Berry's biological mother, Shelby Corcoran. She originated the role in GLEE's first season and appeared on five episodes.

"I'm really excited that Idina is joining the family again," said GLEE co-creator Ryan Murphy. "We missed her last year and we're happy that she is coming back."

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Tony Award winner Idina Menzel has a diverse career on stage and in film, television, and music. In 2009 Ms. Menzel co- starred with Josh Groban in the concert version of Chess: The Musical, recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on PBS. In December 2005 she completed her role as the misunderstood Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked, for which she received a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award nomination.

She reprised the role in London's West End in September 2006, receiving the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in Michael John LaChiusa's musical See What I Wanna See, directed byTed Sperling at The Public Theater, garnering Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. Other honors included a Tony nomination for her debut performance as Maureen in the original production of Rent, and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Kate in Manhattan Theater Club's Off-Broadway original musical, The Wild Party.

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