|Born:||May 30, 1971|
|Occupation:||Actress, Singer, Songwriter|
Idina Kim Menzel, born Mentzel on May 30, 1971, is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She is known for originating the role of Elphaba in the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, for her role as Maureen in Rent (musical and movie), and she has a recurring role as Shelby Corcoran on Glee since 2010.
Menzel was born in Queens, New York (and raised in Syosset, New York) to Helene and Stuart Mentzel (they would divorce when Menzel was 15). She has a younger sister, Cara. Her family is Jewish. Menzel attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, during that time she worked as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Drama at New York University prior to being cast in Jonathan Larson's rock musical Rent.
Her surname, Mentzel, was changed to Menzel to better reflect how they pronounced the name upon their arrival to America.
She originated the role of Elphaba in the hit Broadway musical Wicked (for which she won a Tony Award) along with fellow Glee guest star Kristin Chenoweth as the original Glinda (also known as Galinda). Idina also played the role of Maureen in both the 1996 original Broadway production and 2005 movie musical Rent. Additional theatre credits include the role of Amneris in Elton John's Aida and Kate in the 2000 Off-Broadway production of Lippa's The Wild Party. In thespring of 2014, she will return to Broadway in Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's production of If/Then.
Menzel appears in twelve episodes on Glee, so far, as a fictional character, Shelby Corcoran. Shelby is the coach of Vocal Adrenaline in Season One, and Rachel Berry’s mother, as well as the adopted mother of Quinn's baby Beth. She was cast after many fans noted how much resemblance there was between Idina and Lea Michele. As for her time on Glee she also got a bit naughty with the opposing showchoirs director Will Schuester as she seems very into him in the end. Menzel returned to Glee for Season 3 for 6 episodes. She made her comeback appearence in I Am Unicorn, along with her adoptive on-screen daughter, Beth. She later appeared in season 4 in the episode Sweet Dreams.
- Defying Gravity (Wicked with Kristin Chenoweth) sung by Rachel and Kurt (Wheels)
- Take Me or Leave Me (Rent with Fredi Walker) sung by Rachel and Mercedes (Comeback)
- For Good (Wicked with Kristin Chenoweth) sung by Rachel and Kurt (New York)
- Seasons of Love (Rent with full cast) sung by New Directions
|1998||Hercules||Circe||("Hercules and the Song of Circe" and voice)|
|2001||Kissing Jessica Stein||Bridesmaid|
|2002||Just a Kiss||Linda||uncredited|
|2003||Late Show with David Letterman||Elphaba||("Dakota Fanning/Rocco DiSpirito/Wicked")|
|The Tollbooth||Raquel Cohen-Flaxman|
|Kevin Hill||Francine Prescott||("Sacrificial Lambs" and "Losing Isn't Everything")|
|2006||Ask the Dust||Vera Rivkin|
|2009||Great Performances||Florence Vassey||("Chess in Concert")|
|Private Practice||Lisa King||("Do the Right Thing" and "What You Do for Love")|
|2010||Glee||Shelby Corcoran||2010 - (12 episodes)|
|The Wonder Pets||The Queen of Hearts||("Adventures in Wonderland")|
|2013||Frozen||Elsa - Snow Queen||voice and post-production|
- She is a mezzo-soprano and a belter.
- All of her parts in her covered songs are sung by Lea Michele who plays her characters biological daughter.
- Her idol is Barbra Streisand.
- She's the original Elphaba (Wicked) and Maureen (RENT).
- She is widely known for her wide vocal range and belting techniques.
- Before she was on Broadway, she was a wedding and bar mitzvah singer.
- She's Jewish.
- She's the original singer of For Good (along with Kristin Chenoweth) and Take Me or Leave Me.
- She has a Yorkshire Terrier and 2 "Jazz" Cats.
- She has a son named Walker.
- Prior to winning the Tony for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked, she had already been nominated for her performance as Maureen in RENT.
- Her vocal range is E3-C6.
- She is left handed (as seen in Asian F).
- She describes her time in RENT "the best time of her life." Source
- She is particularly close to fellow Film/Original Broadway Cast Member, Adam Pascal. They both grew up together in New York.
- If/Then will be her second time working with Michael Greif; the two previously worked together in RENT.
- Featured in Disney's Enchanted.
- Appeared in the Disney animated movie Frozen with co-star Jonathan Groff. Two versions of her song, Let it Go, appeared in the movie: one sung by her character, and another covered by Demi Lovato.