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Idina Menzel

 
Date Of Birth:
May 30, 1971 (51)
Bio:
Idina Menzel rose to fame for her role as Maureen in the popular Broadway musical “Rent,” and her career took off when she won a Tony® Award for her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the smash musical “Wicked.” Menzel recently starred as Jodi in the West Coast premiere of ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: May 30, 1971 (51)

Bio:
Idina Menzel rose to fame for her role as Maureen in the popular Broadway musical “Rent,” and her career took off when she won a Tony® Award for her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the smash musical “Wicked.” Menzel recently starred as Jodi in the West Coast premiere of ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
Original London Production, 2021
Elphaba
  [Los Angeles]
Geffen Playhouse West Coast Premiere, 2019
Jodi Isaac
  [Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Off-Broadway Premiere, 2018
Jodi Isaac
  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2015
Beth/Elizabeth
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Elizabeth
  [West End]
2012
Performer
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 2006
Maureen Johnson
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
An Actress
The Wife
Kesa
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Elphaba
  [San Francisco (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2003
Elphaba
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2002
Fanny Brice
  [New York]
Workshop, 2002
Elphaba
  [New York]
Reading, 2001
Elphaba
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2001
Sheila
  [Chester, CT (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2000
Dorothy
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Amneris [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2000
Kate
Kate
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1996
Maureen Johnson
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1996
Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson

Idina Menzel Movies

Kissing Jessica Stein
 
[2001]
Bridesmaid
Water
 
[2004]
Jessy Turner
The Tollbooth
 
[2004]
Raquel Cohen-Flaxman
Rent
 
[2005]
Maureen Johnson
Ask the Dust
 
[2006]
Vera Rivkin
Enchanted
 
[2007]
Nancy Tremaine
Frozen
 
[2013]
Elsa
Ralph Breaks the Internet
 
[2018]
Elsa
Uncut Gems
 
[2019]
Dinah Ratner
Frozen II
 
[2019]
Elsa
Josh Groban Bridges Live from Madison Square Garden
 
[2019]
Self
Cinderella
 
[2021]
Vivian
American Murderer
 
[2022]
Melanie
Disenchanted
 
[2022]
Nancy Tremaine

Idina Menzel TV Shows

Hercules
 
[1998]
Circe
Rescue Me
 
[2004]
Carol
Kevin Hill
 
[2005]
Francine Prescott
Private Practice
 
[2009]
Lisa King
Wonder Pets!
 
[2010]
The Queen of Hearts
Glee
 
[2010-2013]
Shelby Corcoran
Lego Frozen Northern Lights
 
[2016]
Elsa
Beaches
 
[2017]
CC Bloom
Rent: Live
 
[2019]
The Original Broadway Cast

Idina Menzel Biography

Idina Menzel rose to fame for her role as Maureen in the popular Broadway musical “Rent,” and her career took off when she won a Tony® Award for her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the smash musical “Wicked.” Menzel recently starred as Jodi in the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Skintight”; the show is a follow up to the off-Broadway performance that opened to rave reviews at Roundabout Theatre Company. Additionally, she joins Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the Safdie Brothers’ A24 film “Uncut Gems.”

A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums: “Still I Can’t Be Still,” “Here,” “I Stand,” and her latest album, “idina.,” which was released September 2016 by Warner Bros. Records. “idina.“ marks Menzel’s first original studio album since 2008’s “I Stand,” and its first two singles “I See You” and “Queen of Swords” are available everywhere now. The album is produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles) and Greg Wells (Katy Perry, OneRepublic). “idina.” is Menzel’s first album since her October 2014 release of “Holiday Wishes,” a Christmas album produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey). The album was met with rave reviews, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums Chart and gave Menzel a top-10 album on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Menzel has received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event, and recently completed a worldwide tour that included Asia, the U.K. and North America. Menzel also sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX.

In January 2017, Menzel was seen in Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches,” in which she portrayed CC, the role made famous by Bette Midler. Her other film credits include Disney’s “Enchanted,” opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Maureen in Chris Columbus’ film version of “Rent”; and Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust,” opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. On television, Menzel appeared in the recurring role of Shelby Corcoran, Rachel’s biological mother, on Fox’s “Glee.”

Menzel was previously seen on Broadway in the original production “If/Then,” for which she earned her third Tony nomination. “If/Then” played at the Richard Rodgers Theatre through March 2015, which was followed by a nationwide tour with Menzel and several cast members. Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of “Hair” and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s “Aida.” In London, she premiered the Broadway hit “Wicked” in the West End and received 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 by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater. Other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway production of “Rent” and “The Vagina Monologues.”

Menzel is consistently lauded for her strong yet emotional live performances. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel has played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time. In March 2012, Menzel released a CD and DVD entitled “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, filmed at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The concert also aired nationally on PBS stations. Her highly successful international concert tour has also included sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and a New Year’s Eve 2012 performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. The organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of Variety magazine’s Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization.

Idina Menzel Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2018 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Idina Menzel
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2014 - Best Leading Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Idina Menzel, If/Then
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Idina Menzel, If/Then
 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award
Idina Menzel, If/Then
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Idina Menzel, If/Then
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2004 - Best Leading Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Idina Menzel, Wicked
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Idina Menzel , Wicked
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Idina Menzel, Wicked
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
Idina Menzel, Wicked
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Idina Menzel, Rent

Idina Menzel News

Review: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION at Des Moines Performing Arts Photo Review: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION at Des Moines Performing Arts
by DC Felton - Feb 3, 2023

Everyone has a playlist. It may be of your favorite artist or genre. Now imagine this playlist being performed live, with a little twist. If that sounds fun to you, and you a big fan of show tunes, then there is a show playing at the Temple of the Performing Arts that you can't miss. On Tuesday, January 31, Des Moines Performing Arts brought 'Forbidden Broadway' as part of the Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series. Based on the laughter from the audience on opening night, you won't want to miss out on this show.

VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Took His KNOCK AT THE CABIN Co-Star to See WICKED Photo VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Took His KNOCK AT THE CABIN Co-Star to See WICKED
by Michael Major - Feb 3, 2023

Jonathan Groff appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to discuss his new film, Knock at the Cabin, and transferring to Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along. During the interview, Groff stated that he brought his film co-star, Kristen Cui, who he jokes was born the year he was in Hamilton, to see Wicked on Broadway. Watch the video now!

Review: Timely as Ever, WICKED Defies Gravity... And Society, Too " Dr. Phillips Ce Photo Review: Timely as Ever, WICKED Defies Gravity... And Society, Too " Dr. Phillips Center
by Aaron Wallace - Jan 30, 2023

WICKED is a wily piece of pop. It turns 20 this year, but you'd never know that sitting in Dr. Phillips Center for the show's third tour stop in Orlando. Its shrewd indictment of society's worst instincts and most seductive assumptions still tear through a room like a twister...

Caissie Levy Will Lead the London Premiere of NEXT TO NORMAL at Donmar Warehouse Photo Caissie Levy Will Lead the London Premiere of NEXT TO NORMAL at Donmar Warehouse
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2023

Caissie Levy will lead the London premiere of Next to Normal at the Donmar Warehouse beginning this summer. The production runs 12 August – 7 October 2023.

Video: Idina Menzel Breaks Down 'Let It Go' From FROZEN With Chris Wallace Photo Video: Idina Menzel Breaks Down 'Let It Go' From FROZEN With Chris Wallace
by Michael Major - Jan 20, 2023

This week on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, singer Idina Menzel joins CNN Anchor Chris Wallace to discuss her best-known work as the voice of Elsa in Frozen, her career on stage and screen and a possible return to Broadway. Watch a video clip from the upcoming episode now!

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Announces New Music Director Photo The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Announces New Music Director
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 17, 2023

Formed in 1991, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is the oldest full-time musician-governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra in the United States. After 17 seasons under the musical direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees is introducing renowned conductor Matthew Kraemer as the new Music Director.

Wake Up With BWW 1/13: HERE LIES LOVE on Broadway, Idina Menzel in a New Musical, and Photo Wake Up With BWW 1/13: HERE LIES LOVE on Broadway, Idina Menzel in a New Musical, and More!
by - Jan 13, 2023

Top stories include Here Lies Love headed to Broadway this year! Plus, Idina Menzel will star in a new world premiere musical at La Jolla, and more!

Idina Menzel Will Lead World Premiere Musical REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse Next Year Photo Idina Menzel Will Lead World Premiere Musical REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse Next Year
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2023

Idina Menzel is headed back to the stage! She will star in the world premiere musical Redwood, which Menzel began developing nearly 20 years ago. The production will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2024.

Eagle Theatre's 2022-2023 Mainstage Season Begins With THE WILD PARTY Next Month Photo Eagle Theatre's 2022-2023 Mainstage Season Begins With THE WILD PARTY Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jan 11, 2023

Eagle Theatre's 2022-2023 Mainstage Season kicks off with a bang of a soiree…literally.  Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party runs this February 9-26, 2023.  The prohibition-era musical is based on Joseph March's 1926 book-length ballad. 

Julia Lester, Aaron Lazar, John-Michael Lyles & More Complete the Cast of Sierra Bogg Photo Julia Lester, Aaron Lazar, John-Michael Lyles & More Complete the Cast of Sierra Boggess Led THE SECRET GARDEN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

The complete cast has been announced for “The Secret Garden” at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. See who will star in the show, performance dates, how to purchase tickets and more!

Idina Menzel Videos

VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Took His KNOCK AT THE CABIN Co-Star to See WICKED Videoplay
VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Took His KNOCK AT THE CABIN Co-Star to See WICKED

by Michael Major - Feb 3, 2023

Jonathan Groff appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to discuss his new film, Knock at the Cabin, and transferring to Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along. During the interview, Groff stated that he brought his film co-star, Kristen Cui, who he jokes was born the year he was in Hamilton, to see Wicked on Broadway. Watch the video now!

Video: Idina Menzel Breaks Down 'Let It Go' From FROZEN With Chris Wallace Videoplay
Video: Idina Menzel Breaks Down 'Let It Go' From FROZEN With Chris Wallace

by Michael Major - Jan 20, 2023

This week on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, singer Idina Menzel joins CNN Anchor Chris Wallace to discuss her best-known work as the voice of Elsa in Frozen, her career on stage and screen and a possible return to Broadway. Watch a video clip from the upcoming episode now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Teases Return to Broadway on E! NEWS Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel Teases Return to Broadway on E! NEWS

by Michael Major - Dec 7, 2022

During a recent interview on E! News, Idina Menzel teased her return to Broadway in an original musical. Menzel also discussed a possible Rent revival, documenting her Madison Square Garden debut for her upcoming Disney+ documentary film, and more. Watch the interview video now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Reveals How RENT Inspired Her New Documentary Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel Reveals How RENT Inspired Her New Documentary

by Michael Major - Dec 2, 2022

Idina Menzel appeared on CBS Mornings to promote her new documentary, Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? Menzel described what inspired her document the experience of playing at Madison Square Garden, calling back to a lesson she learned while starring in Rent. Watch the new video interview now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Confirms She Almost Starred In FUNNY GIRL on Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel Confirms She Almost Starred In FUNNY GIRL on Broadway

by Michael Major - Dec 2, 2022

Idina Menzel confirmed the rumor that she was originally going to star in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl last night on Watch What Happens Live. Since she thought she was too old for the role, producers had gone to Fanny Brice's estate to see if they could include more of her life in the show. Watch the video clip from the interview now!

VIDEO: 'Musical Theatre' Featured as Final JEOPARDY! Category Videoplay
VIDEO: 'Musical Theatre' Featured as Final JEOPARDY! Category

by Michael Major - Nov 23, 2022

'Musical Theatre' was featured as the final clue on last night's episode of Jeopardy! Recently, Jeopardy has featured a Tony-Winning Musicals category, an Idina Menzel category, a 'Broadway is Back' category, a Broadway Musicals category, a Shakespeare's Women category, and a Stephen Sondheim category. Watch the new video clip from the episode now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel & James Marsden Sing 'A Whole New World' From ALADDIN on THE LATE LATE SHOW

by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Disenchanted stars Idina Menzel and James Marsden broke into an impromtu rendition of 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin. Marsden shared that while they were on set for the upcoming Enchanted sequel, he and Amy Adams would attempt to sing a song with Menzel. Watch the video now!

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Sings New DISENCHANTED Song 'Love Power' in Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Idina Menzel Sings New DISENCHANTED Song 'Love Power' in Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 16, 2022

Idina Menzel has shared a preview video of 'Love Power,' her new song from Disenchanted. The soundtrack will feature music by 8-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on 'Enchanted' garnered three Academy Award nominations.

VIDEO: Amy Adams Sings in New DISENCHANTED Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Amy Adams Sings in New DISENCHANTED Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 14, 2022

Watch a new video clip of Amy Adams singing a new song in Disenchanted, premiering this week on Disney+! The movie features songs with music by 8-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyrics by three-time Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose work on “Enchanted” garnered three Academy Award nominations, and a score by Alan Menken.

VIDEO: Watch Idina Menzel & James Marsden in New DISENCHANTED Clip Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Idina Menzel & James Marsden in New DISENCHANTED Clip

by Michael Major - Nov 9, 2022

Idina Menzel and James Marsden return from the fairy tale world of Andalasia in a new video clip from Disenchanted, the new sequel to Disney’s box office hit “Enchanted.” The new clip also features Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Gabriella Baldacchino. The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Jayma Mays, Yvette Nicole Brown, and more.


Idina Menzel Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Idina Menzel been in?
Idina Menzel has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Idina Menzel been in?
Idina Menzel has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Idina Menzel's first West End show?
Idina Menzel's first West End show was Idina Menzel Live in Concert which opened in 2012

What awards has Idina Menzel been nominated for?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for If/Then , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for If/Then , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for If/Then , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for If/Then , Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Wicked , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Wicked , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Wicked Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Wicked and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Rent .

What awards has Idina Menzel won?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for If/Then, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Wicked Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Wickedand Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Wicked.


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