“I’ve been singing since I was born. It’s something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I don’t need any impetus to do it. I just sing” — Idina Menzel
Idina Kim Menzel was born in Queens, New York City, New York, in 1971. She is 42 years old.
She is one of two girls born to Helene and Stuart Mentzel. She grew up in New Jersey and Syosset, New York. She attended the Tisch School of the Arts and earned her Bachelors of fine Arts from New York University. A singer since childhood Menzel began to perform professionally at weddings and bar mitzvahs as a teenager.
She had her first Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes of fame as Maureen Johnson in RENT in 1996. She originated the role in New York Theatre Workshop and moved with the show to Broadway. Menzel later played Maureen in the 2005 movie version of the play. She earned a Tony nomination the role.
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Menzel had a string of smaller, but successful gigs both on and off Broadway (including: Tha Vagina Monologues, Aida, The Wild party, Summer of ‘42, and a Hair encore concert) but she really defied gravity with her second big role as Elphaba in Wicked.
The show, based on the Gregory Maguire novel, hit the Great White Way in 2003. She won the 2004 Tony for her role as the green witch.
Her post Wicked stage resume includes See What I Wana See, Chess and Nero. Next year she will return to Broadway to open in Tom Kit and Brian Yorkey’s musuical If/Then.
In 2008 Menzel released I Stand on Warner Bros. Records. The album is a …
powerful collection of exquisite new songs written by the Tony Award winning actress/singer/songwriter…filled with pop tunes and heartfelt ballads—intimate yet universal stories of life, its challenges, relationships and of course – the subject of love. [Idena Menzel.com ]
Here’s Brave from I Stand:
She tours domestically and internationally to promote both her original work from the album and her Broadway work.
Most recently Menzel has appeared on television’s Glee’s.
- New Idina Menzel UK Radio Interviews Now Streaming (broadwayworld.com)
- Idina Menzel Belts Her Heart Out In Honor Of Legendary Late Broadway Composer! (perezhilton.com)
- Idina Menzel: Olivier Awards Red Carpet 2013 & Performance (justjared.com)