IDINA MENZEL (voice of Elsa) is a powerhouse of talent: a
singer, an actor in film and
TV, a songwriter, a Broadway star and a philanthropist. She rose to fame for her
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
Joshua Harmon's "Skintight"; the show is a follow up to the off-Broadway
that opened to rave reviews at Roundabout Theatre Company. Additionally, she
Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the Safdie
A24 film "Uncut Gems."
A skillful songwriter, Menzel's prolific recording career includes multiple
and the solo albums: "Still I Can't Be Still," "Here," "I Stand," and her latest
"idina.," which was released September 2016 by Warner Bros. Records. "idina."
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
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
Christmas album produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra
Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey). The album was met with rave reviews,
at No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday Albums Chart and gave Menzel a top-10 album on
Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Menzel has received the Breakthrough Artist of
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
National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX.
In January 2017, Menzel was seen in Lifetime's remake of "Beaches," in which
portrayed CC, the role made famous by Bette Midler. Her other film credits
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
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,"
she earned her third Tony nomination. "If/Then" played at the Richard Rodgers
through March 2015, which was followed by a nationwide tour with Menzel and
cast members. Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of
starred as Amneris in Broadway's "Aida." In London, she premiered the Broadway
"Wicked" in the West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for best
in a musical. She also starred in Michael John LaChiusa's musical "See What I
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.
March 2012, Menzel released a CD and DVD entitled "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot
the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by legendary
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
Radio City Music Hall, and a New Year's Eve 2012 performance at the Walt Disney
Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay
Foundation in 2010. The organization is dedicated to offering girls from
communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered
The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and
personal and social achievement. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of
magazine's Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization.
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