From Elphaba to Elsa, Oz to Arendelle, Idina Menzel rules over all with her gloriously belting soprano voice, immense repertoire of talents and impeccable resume. She never dreamt of doing anything other than singing and acting. She once said, “I just felt destined to do it and really committed and driven; it was something that just felt right all my life.” The powerhouse singer has a truck load of film and television credits barely overshadowing her extensive list of stage credits. She recently announced that, after the completion of her summer 2015 World Tour which wraps up in the middle of August, she is set to play Elizabeth in the yearlong touring production of If/Then, which was specifically written for her. It is scheduled for October in Denver, Colorado.
Idina comes from humble New York Jewish roots
Many who know her attribute her success, not only to impeccable talent and masterful training, but also to having a commendable work ethic. She began singing at weddings and bat mitzvahs when she was in high school. She then attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University until heading for Broadway and subsequently to mega fame. Menzel attributes much of her success and musical knowledge to her work as a wedding singer, which introduced her to a wide variety of music she had never heard prior to that, and to her work on stage, of which she says, “For me, ‘Rent’ was all about coming out of myself, finding out who I was, learning the power I could have as a performer. And ‘Wicked’ was about harnessing all that strength.”
Idina first grabbed the attention of theater aficionados in 1996 as Maureen Johnson in the Broadway production of the groundbreaking original musical Rent. She later reprised the role in the 2005 film of the same title. Since then she has starred in the Disney musical movies Enchanted and award-winning 2013 hit Frozen. She also had a recurring role as Shelby Corcoran on the highly rated Fox musical dramedy Glee. She is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her career-making lead performance as Elphaba in the Broadway musical production of Wicked, another character she would play in the film version as well.
Idina Menzel, unlike many Broadway divas and Hollywood stars of the past, is not encumbered by an overly large ego. She is as humble as the roots from which she comes. She worries about everyday things like whether she is doing a good job parenting her son and whether women will ever experience true equality to men in today’s society. Menzel is proud of her artistic career and, while she has said that she will never leave the stage, she has expressed longings to see one of her studio albums achieve mainstream success on the pop charts. The starlets enormous fan base grows every day and, no doubt, will one day expand into pop culture far enough to see this dream of hers realized – Get concert tickets from Tixj4u