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Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel
Menzel performing at the U.S. Capitol in May 2008.
Born Idina Kim Mentzel
(1971-05-30) May 30, 1971
Queens or Syosset, New York, U.S. (sources differ)
Nationality American
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1991-present
Spouse(s) Taye Diggs (m. 2003–14)
Children Walker Nathaniel Diggs
Musical career
Genres Broadway, pop
Years active 1996–present
Website .com.IdinaMenzelwww

Idina Kim Menzel (; born Idina Kim Mentzel;[1][2] May 30, 1971)[1] is an American actress and singer.

Menzel rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, a performance for which she earned a Tony Award nomination in 1996. Menzel returned to the role in the musical's 2005 feature film adaptation. In 2004, Menzel won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Elphaba in the original production of Wicked. Menzel returned to Broadway in the 2014 production of If/Then, earning her third Tony nomination. She was honored later that year with the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards.

Menzel is also known as the voice of Queen Elsa in the 2013 Disney film Frozen. Additionally, she portrayed the recurring role of Shelby Corcoran on the Fox musical comedy-drama TV series Glee, as well as Nancy in the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. Holiday Wishes (2014), her first album in six years, reached number six on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Menzel is the only competitive Tony Award-winning actress to ever reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Menzel began an ongoing world concert tour in May 2015 and is to do a national tour of If/Then starting in October 2015.[4] She will reprise in her role of Elizabeth in selected cities.


  • Early life 1
  • Theater career 2
  • Film, television, and music career 3
  • Artistry 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Charity 6
  • Theater credits 7
  • Film and television credits 8
  • Discography 9
  • Concerts 10
  • Awards and nominations 11
    • Theater 11.1
    • Film 11.2
    • Television 11.3
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Early life

Menzel's birthplace is varyingly reported as either Queens[5][6] or Syosset, New York.[1][7] She grew up in Syosset,[8] the daughter of Helene, a therapist, and Stuart Mentzel, a pajama salesman.[9] She has a younger sister named Cara. Menzel's family is Jewish,[10][11] and her grandparents emigrated from Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.[12]

When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job which she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[13][14] Menzel attended Syosset High School.[15]

She changed the spelling of her surname to Menzel to better reflect the pronunciation the Mentzel family had adopted in America.[16]

She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent.[9]

Theater career

Menzel in 2004

In 1995, Menzel auditioned for Rent, which became her first professional theatre job and her Broadway debut. Rent opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996, but it moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity. For her performance as Maureen Johnson in the original cast of the musical, Menzel received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical losing to Ann Duquesnay for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Her final performance in the musical was on July 1, 1997.

Following the success of Rent, Menzel released her first solo album entitled Still I Can't Be Still on Hollywood Records, Menzel also originated the role of Dorothy in Summer of '42 at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, starred as Sheila in the New York City Center Encores! production of Hair and appeared on Broadway as Amneris in Aida. Menzel earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance as Kate in the Manhattan Theatre Club's 2000 off-Broadway production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Her other off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway run of Rent and The Vagina Monologues.[17]

In 2003, Menzel starred with actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway in Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman based upon Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995). Menzel received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. During her penultimate performance of Wicked on January 8, 2005, she fell through a trap door and cracked a lower rib. The injury prevented her from performing in her final show on January 9. Menzel did, however, make a special out-of-costume appearance at that performance, performed her final song, and received a five-minute standing ovation.[18] Menzel was replaced by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean.

Following Wicked, Menzel appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theater's production of See What I Wanna See, a Michael John LaChiusa-penned musical whose run ended in December 2005, for which she received Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award nominations. She reprised her Tony Award-winning role as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked when it opened at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre on September 7, 2006.[19] During her run, she was the highest-paid female performer in the West End at $30,000 per week. Menzel finished her West End run on December 30, 2006. She was succeeded by Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis.

Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st-anniversary concert of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12 to 13, 2008, alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban.

In 2008, Menzel headlined the Powerhouse Theatre's reading of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical Nero from July 11 to 13, performing the role of Nero's mistress, Poppea.[20] She was joined by Glee costar Lea Michele as Claudia Octavia, Jeffrey Carleson as Nero, and Michael Arden as Octavia's brother, Brittanicus.

On February 28, 2013, it was announced that Menzel would make her return to the Broadway stage, starring as Elizabeth in the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical If/Then. The new musical, directed by Michael Greif (whom Menzel previously worked with in the original production of Rent), had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., starting with previews on November 5, 2013, till November 24, 2013. Following the out-of-town tryout, the show moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway and began previews on March 4, 2014. It officially opened on March 30, 2014.[21][22] For her performance, Menzel was nominated for her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.[23] If/Then closed on Broadway on March 22, 2015 after 29 previews and 401 regular performances.

Following her World Tour, it has been announced that Menzel will reprise the role of Elizabeth on the first seven stops of the National Tour of If/Then.

Film, television, and music career

Menzel's film roles include appearances in Just a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Tollbooth, Water, Ask the Dust, Enchanted, Frozen, and Rent, in which she and five other original cast members reprised their stage roles. As a singer, Menzel is known for her wide vocal range and her use of the "belt" technique.

Menzel performed at the 1998 Lilith Fair summer concert festival and continues to write and perform original music. She has toured extensively and frequently performs in various venues throughout New York City. She produced and released her debut album, Still I Can't Be Still, for Hollywood Records in 1998. One single from the album, "Minuet," made the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Tracks chart at number 48 in October 1998.[24]

Her second album, Here, was released independently by Zel Records in 2004. Menzel has contributed to soundtracks including those for the film The Other Sister and the ABC television dramedy Desperate Housewives. She also appears on Ray Charles's album Genius and Friends, which was released in 2005, on the track "I Will Be There." In 2007, she appeared on the Beowulf soundtrack singing the end credits song, "A Hero Comes Home." Also in 2007, Menzel's powerful singing voice led her to be asked to accompany the baritone British X Factor runner-up Rhydian Roberts on his debut album, duetting on the song "What If".

In 2005, Menzel reprised her role as Maureen Johnson in the movie version of "Rent" along with five of her original cast mates. The film debuted on November 23, 2005.

Her third solo album, Billboard 200, making it the first solo album by Menzel to make the charts. There are five versions of this album: the original version, the special limited edition, the iTunes version, the Barnes & Noble edition, and the Borders edition. Menzel wrote many of the songs on her album.

On April 1, 2008, Menzel kicked off her 2008–2009 I Stand tour in support of her new album performing four sold-out legs. The concert at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City was filmed for the PBS television series Soundstage. Menzel was joined by special guests, superstar Josh Groban and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.

On November 11, 2008, Menzel released "Hope," written by Paul Hampton, benefitting Stand Up to Cancer. On November 27, 2008, she performed "I Stand" on the M&M Candies float as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[25][26]

Menzel had a recurring guest star role in the television series Glee playing Shelby Corcoran, the coach of the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline. When the series first premiered, Glee fans (known collectively as 'Gleeks') had noted a strong physical resemblance between Menzel and Lea Michele who portrays the character of Rachel Berry. According to her husband, actor Taye Diggs, Menzel had expressed interest in possibly guest starring as the biological mother of Rachel.[27] The character was introduced in the April 13, 2010, episode "Hell-O", and it was revealed in the May 18, 2010, episode, "Dream On", that Shelby is, in fact, Rachel's biological mother, having answered an ad from Rachel's two gay dads looking for a "mother" to help them have a baby. Lea Michele and Idina Menzel sing together "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables and "Poker Face" originally by Lady Gaga. Menzel returned to Glee in Season 3 episode "I Am Unicorn," her role this time as a teacher causing trouble for Rachel, Quinn, Puck, and former flame Will Schuster.[28]

On July 19, 2010, Menzel performed "Defying Gravity" and "What I Did For Love" in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House. The concert aired on PBS October 20, 2010.[29]

In April 2010, Menzel returned to concert stage embarking on her " 

Menzel announced she would continue live performances in 2012. The first date she announced was July 8, 2012, at Ravinia Festival near Chicago, Illinois.[30] She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut (originally on October 29, 2012).[31] However, due to Hurricane Sandy's impact on New York City, it was postponed until January 13, 2013.[32]

Menzel toured Australia in June 2013 with shows in South Australia, Melbourne, Brisbane, and two at the Sydney Opera House.

Menzel voiced Elsa in Frozen, which was released on November 27, 2013.[33] Menzel's performance received praise from film critics, frequently focused on her performance of "Let It Go for which one reviewer described as a "powerhouse".[34][35][36][37][38]

She was invited to perform "Let It Go" at the 86th Academy Awards in March 2014, where the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. When John Travolta announced her before she sang the song, he incorrectly introduced her as 'Adele Dazeem'. The slip-up became a popular Internet meme.[39] According to a source for E!, Menzel was not upset about the mishap.[40] In response to the misnaming, she reportedly printed up satirical playbills that promoted her name as Adele Dazeem, noting her past work in Nert (Rent), Wicked-ly (Wicked) and Farfignugen (Frozen).[41][42] Three days after the ceremony, Travolta publicly apologized to Menzel for mispronouncing her name.[41] At the 87th Academy Awards, Menzel presented the award for Best Original Song alongside Travolta where she jokingly introduced him as 'Glom Gazingo'. Travolta then finally pronounced her name correctly when he appeared on stage.[43] While talking about how wonderful she is, Travolta started holding and touching her face, which also become a popular meme.

On June 17, 2014, during a concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Menzel confirmed that she was working on a Christmas album that would contain original material to be released later that same year. In that concert, she performed one of the original tunes from the album, "December Prayer".[44] The album, Holiday Wishes, was released on October 14, 2014.[45] The album has so far peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, becoming her highest charting album as a solo lead artist. Holiday Wishes also marked the first that a woman had three different albums (the cast recording to Frozen and If/Then) peak within the top 20 within 10 months of the release date. Holiday Wishes also become the second ever Christmas to chart before Halloween during the SoundScan Era after Garth Brooks's 1992 album Beyond the Season.[46] On November 26, 2014, Menzel announced through her Facebook page that she would be touring during the summer of 2015. This is her first global tour and first time playing shows in Europe and Asia.[47]

Menzel was honoured with the Breakthrough Artist award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music awards ceremony.[48]

Menzel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium.[49]


Menzel is usually classified as a mezzo-soprano.[50][51][52] Writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sharon Eberson wrote, "Possessing a voice that could be categorized as coquettish to flat-out belter and everything in between — and with a stage presence to match — she usually is labeled a mezzo-soprano. But why pigeonhole someone so intriguingly offbeat? Ms. Menzel interprets songs as much as an actress as a singer, and therein lies her connection to the music and her fans."[50] Describing Menzel as a loud, "full-volume soprano" similar to Broadway actress Ethel Merman, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote of Menzel's voice, "The sound she creates when she belts in her high soprano register is a primal cry embedded in her being that insists that we listen and pay attention." Holden continued, "Depending on the song, [her voice] can sound babyish and demanding, or it can sound grand and imperial."[53]

Describing Menzel as a singer with a "husky voice, which sometimes veers toward shrieking until she effortlessly reins herself in or, amazingly, kicks it up another notch," Melissa Ruggieri of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution concluded that she possesses "a superior instrument" both in studio and live.[54] On her own vocal technique, Menzel revealed that she prefers to avoid moving her shoulders while singing, telling The Philippine Star, "I actually try to take a smaller breath for a bigger, longer note because there's less air that will come pummeling out."[55] Professionally trained as a classical singer from age eight, Menzel decided to pursue other genres, specifically R&B and jazz, when she entered high school. Upon becoming a wedding singer, Menzel was eventually exposed to a wide variety of genres, ranging from jazz and rock to Motown.[56]

Personal life

Menzel married actor Taye Diggs on January 11, 2003. They met in 1995 during the original production of Rent, in which Diggs portrayed the role of Benjamin Coffin III, the landlord.[57] They have a son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, born on September 2, 2009.[58] In late 2013, it was reported that Menzel and Diggs had separated after ten years of marriage.[59] Their divorce was finalized on December 3, 2014.[60]

In her appearance at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April 2015, Menzel brought actor Aaron Lohr as her date and are now currently in a relationship.[61] In August 2015, Menzel and Lohr bought a home located in Encino, Los Angeles, California in which they plan to live together.[62] They both starred in the 2005 film adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical Rent as well as the off-broadway musical See What I Wanna See.

Menzel identifies as a feminist, saying “I love that I play all of these strong women. But they’re not just strong— they’re women who have a really deep vulnerability and need to go through a journey in order to harness their power.”[63]


Menzel was an honorary chair of the Imperial Court of New York's Annual Charity Coronation Ball, Night of A Thousand Gowns on March 21, 2009. Other honorary chairs for the evening's charity event included Elton John, Patti LuPone, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Rivers and Robin Strasser.[64]

On May 17, 2009, Menzel performed at a special benefit concert in

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Idina Menzel

See also

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 Gay People's Choice Award Best Ensemble Glee Won
Best Music Duo or Group Won
Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Award Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Music: Group Nominated
Online Film an Television Association Award Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Rent Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Best Song Performance Nominated
Northeastern Critics Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film and Television Association Award Best Adapted Song Nominated
2014 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Frozen Nominated
Online Film and Television Association Award Best Voiceover Performance Nominated
Best New Song Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Award Special Merit Won
World Music Award Best Song Written for Film Won
Satellite Award Best Original Song Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Music: Single Nominated
Choice Actress: Voice Won
Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Lead Female Vocal Performance Nominated
Breakthrough Voice Actress of the Year Nominated
Grammy Award Best Compilation Soundtrack Written for Visual Media Won
Billboard Music Award Top Streaming Video Nominated
Top Soundtrack Won


Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1995 Obie Award Special Citations Rent Won
1996 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2000 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical The Wild Party Nominated
2004 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Wicked Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated Audience Award Best Lead Actress in a Musical Won
Best Diva Performance Won
Best Onstage Pair (w/ Kristin Chenoweth) Won
2005 Drama Desk Award Best Lead Actress in a Musical See What I Wanna See Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated Audience Award Favorite Diva Performance Nominated
Favorite Ensemble Performance Nominated
2006 Theatregoers Choice Award Best Actress in a Musical Wicked Won
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical If/Then Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated Audience Award Best Leading Actress in a Musical Won
Best Onstage Pair (w/ James Snyder) Won
Best Diva Performance Nominated


Awards and nominations

Other Notable Concerts
Date Title Notes
July 19, 2010 A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House Other singers included Brian D'Arcy James, Elaine Stritch, Audra McDonald, and the touring cast of Hairspray. The concert aired on PBS on October 20, 2010. Menzel sang Defying Gravity and What I Did For Love.
June 16, 2014 Radio City Music Hall Concert
November 27, 2014 iHeart Radio: Holiday Wishes iHeart Radio had Menzel perform a concert that they used a TV/Radio special. The concert features a guest appearance from Menzel's fellow If/Then cast member Tamika Lawrence, and promoted her new album, Holiday Wishes.
First Date Last Date Title # of Performances Notes
November 3, 1998 November 24, 1998 Still I Can't Be Still Tour 12
April 1, 2008 March 28, 2009 I Stand Tour 49 Special guest appearances from Josh Groban and Ravi Coltrane. The January 15, 2009 concert at the Lincoln Center was filmed for a special on the PBS series Soundstage.
April 24, 2010 July 21, 2013 Barefoot at the Symphony Tour 101 Menzel was often accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch, as well as various symphonies including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. Some concerts featured guest appearances from Taye Diggs and various audience members. The performance in Toronto on March 6, 2012, was filmed for a PBS special and DVD and recorded for a live album.
May 30, 2015 October 3, 2015 World Tour 54 This is her first world tour. She has concerts planned in South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the UK, Ireland, the US, Belgium and Canada.[76][77]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Disney Infinity Elsa Video game[74]
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Video game
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Video game[75]
Sirius Satellite Radio Guest DJ Radio show; 10 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Circe 1 episode
2004 Rescue Me Carol 1 episode
2005 Kevin Hill Francine Prescott 2 episodes
2009 Private Practice Lisa King 2 episodes
2009 Great Performances Florence Vassy 1 episode
2010–13 Glee Shelby Corcoran 12 episodes
2010 Wonder Pets The Queen of Hearts 1 episode, Adventures in Wonderland, special guest star
2010 Sesame Street Herself 1 episode
2011 The Glee Project Herself Season 1 episode 2: "Theatricality"
2015 Arthur Dr. Paula Season 18 episode 10: "Shelter from the Storm"
2016 Happy Time Lead Role
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Bridesmaid
2002 Just a Kiss Linda
2004 Tollbooth, TheThe Tollbooth Raquel Cohen-Flaxman
2004 Water Jessy Turner
2005 Rent Maureen Johnson
2006 Ask the Dust Vera Rivkin
2007 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway as Herself Recorded her own rendition of "Lullaby of Broadway" for the end credits
2007 Enchanted Nancy Tremaine
2013 Frozen Elsa
2015 Frozen Fever Short film
2018 Frozen 2 pre-production

Film and television credits

Start year Production Role Notes
1995 Rent Maureen Johnson
  • Original off-Broadway Cast
  • Performances:
    • New York Theatre Workshop
1996 Rent Maureen Johnson
  • Original Broadway Cast
  • Performances:
    • Nederlander Theatre (April 29, 1996 – July 1, 1997)
2000 Wild Party, TheThe Wild Party Kate
  • Performances: Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I (February 24 – April 9, 2000)
2000 Summer of '42 Dorothy
2001 Hair Sheila
  • Performances: New York City Center – (May 3–7, 2001)
2001 Aida Amneris
  • Replacement Broadway Cast
  • Performances: Palace Theatre (September 13, 2001 – January 27, 2002)
2002 Vagina Monologues, TheThe Vagina Monologues Performer
  • Performances: Westside Theatre (Downstairs) (March 5 – April 14, 2002)
2002 Funny Girl (concert) Fanny Brice
  • Performances: New Amsterdam Theatre (September 23, 2002)
  • Performed "Cornet Man"
2003 Wicked Elphaba
  • Original Broadway Cast
  • Performances: George Gershwin Theatre (October 8, 2003 – January 8, 2005)
2005 See What I Wanna See Kesa /
The Wife (Lily) /
The Actress (Deanna)
  • original off-Broadway production
2006 Wicked (London) Elphaba
  • Original London West End cast
  • Performances: Apollo Victoria Theatre (September 7 – December 30, 2006)
2008 Chess in Concert (concert) Florence Vassy
  • Performances: Royal Albert Hall (May 12–13, 2008)
2008 Nero Poppaea Sabina
  • Performances: Powerhouse Theatre (July 11–13, 2008)
2014 If/Then Elizabeth Vaughan
  • Original Broadway Cast
  • Performances: The Richard Rodgers Theatre (March 30, 2014 – March 22, 2015)
2015 If/Then Elizabeth Vaughan
  • 1st National Tour
  • Performances: October 13, 2015 – January 26, 2016

Theater credits

In April 2014, Menzel presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher and Denzel Washington, after raising donations at her Broadway show If/Then.[73]

Menzel has long-championed The Trevor Project,[69] the Give A Damn Campaign (filming a public service announcement[70] and designing a T-shirt[71]) and the NOH8 Campaign, posing for one of their trademark duct-taped silence photos.[72]

In 2010, Menzel founded the A BroaderWay Foundation with then-husband Taye Diggs as a means of supporting young people in the arts. A BroaderWay sponsors camp programs, theater workshops, innovative educational programming and offers scholarships and opportunities to experience professional performances. In Summer 2011, Camp BroaderWay welcomed young girls from under-served metro New York communities to a 10-day performing arts camp, run by Menzel and a team of acclaimed professional Broadway artists including Taye Diggs. During this camp the girls collaborated with Broadway artists to write an original musical that was performed at a theatre in New York. The camp was held at Belvoir Terrace Summer Camp in Lenox, Massachusetts.[68]


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