Idina Kim Menzel is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and signature belting technique. Menzel first rose to prominence as a stage actress when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent. She also voiced Queen Elsa in Disney’s 2013 animated film Frozen.
About Idina Menzel in brief
Idina Kim Menzel is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and signature belting technique. Menzel first rose to prominence as a stage actress when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent. She also voiced Queen Elsa in Disney’s 2013 animated film Frozen, in which she sang the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning song \”Let It Go\”. Her album Holiday Wishes was released in 2014 and reached number 6 on the Billboard 200. In 2017, Menzel recorded a demo for him of the song \”In Your Eyes\”, which went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 for Irish singer Niamh Kavanagh. She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent. In the early 2000s, she began successfully transitioning to television and film roles, including reprising her role as Maureen in Rent’s 2005 film adaptation. She starred as Shelby Corcoran on the musical dramedy TV series Glee from 2010 to 2013, and a non-singing role as Nancy Tremaine in the musical fantasy film Enchanted. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, of which she has won one. In 2003, she garnered critical acclaim and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Wicked. In 2014, she returned to Broadway as Elizabeth Vaughan in the 2014 musical IfThen, which earned her a third Tony Award nomination.
In 2019, she reprised her voice role as Elsa in Frozen II. She grew up in New Jersey until about age 3, when her family moved to Syosset, New York, on Long Island. Her parents are Helene Goldberg, a therapist, and Stuart Mentzel, a pajama salesman. She is Jewish, and her grandparents emigrated from Russia. Menzel attended J. Irving Baylis Elementary School and H. B. Thompson Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1992. Her first solo album entitled Still I Can’t Be Still was released on Hollywood Records in 1997. She appeared in Summer of ’42 at Goodspeed House in Connecticut, starred as Dorothy in the New York City Center Center Center! production of Hair! and appeared on Broadway in Aida. Starting on October 8, 2003, Women of the Vagina Monologues, a musical based on Stephen Schwartz’s Maguire, began a run on Broadway by Kristin Chenoweth: Wicked, The VaginaMonologues and The Wild Party. Her other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-broadway production of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, Wild Party: The Musical, and Aida in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2000-Broadways production of The Man Who Knew Too Much. She won a Drama Desk Award for performance as Amida in Kate in The Man who Knew too Much.