Tony-Award Winning Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music.
Menzel, lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, recently culminated a highly successful international orchestra tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time. The Denver Post dubbed her "The Streisand of her generation," while The New York Times praised Menzel as "an entertainer with a phenomenal voice...Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power." In March, 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.
Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster WICKED and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary RENT. This season, Menzel reprised her role on "Glee," FOX's smash hit television series, as Shelby Corcoran, Rachel's biological mother. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. With three albums to her credit, she toured nationally last year, playing to sold-out houses to promote her most recent effort, "I Stand," which was produced by Glen Ballard and released by Warner Bros. Records.
On Broadway, in addition to WICKED and RENT, Menzel 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's film credits include Disney's romantic fable, Enchanted where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. She will next be heard on the big screen in Disney's animated feature Frozen, a tale in which a young girl Anna (voice by Kristen Belle), embarks on a journey to find the Snow Queen (voice by Idina Menzel) in order to help save the kingdom from eternal winter. The film is set to release in theaters in November 2013.
Philanthropy is also important to Menzel who created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with her husband Taye Diggs. This 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.
Visit Idina Menzel website for more information and A BroaderWay.
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