Idina is best known for originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked. She has also appeared in Aida and Amneris and in 'The Wild Party' as Kate. Most recently, she can be found in the Public Theater's production of 'See What I Wanna See'.
Idina has released two CDs, 'Still I Can't Be Still' (1998) and 'Here' (2004). She has a song on the soundtrack for the popular television show 'Desperate Housewives' and also sings on the Ray Charles album 'Genius and Friends'. Recently, she signed a record deal with Warner Bros., and will begin recording after her run in 'See What I Wanna See'.
Idina has also appeared in various movies, including 'Summer of Sam' and 'Kissing Jessica Stein', and had a cameo in the film 'Camp'. She reprised her role of Maureen in the movie version of Rent and will also have a role in the film 'Ask the Dust', which is due to be released late 2005.
Idina is married to actor Taye Diggs.
Originated the roles of Elphaba in Wicked, and Maureen in Rent. Featured roles in Aida, Lippa's The Wild Party, and See What I Wanna See. Most recently reprised her role as Elphaba in London as an original cast member once again.
Won the 2004 Best Actress Tony Award for her portrayal as Elphaba in Wicked, succeeding her co-star Kristin Chenoweth, and others including Donna Murphy and Tonya Pinkins.
Has a new album expected in early 2008, still untitled, through Warner Brother's Records, including the songs, "Brave", "Gorgeous", and "I Stand".
Has starred in movies such as Rent (2005), Ask The Dust (2006), and the upcoming Enchanted (2007), along with others including two independent films (The Tollbooth, Water).
Has managed to acquire a very large fanbase that ranges from Rent fans known commonly as "RentHeads", to fans of her music and the films she's starred in, and to the many fans of Broadway's biggest hit musical, Wicked.
Lives in New York City/LA with her husband Taye Diggs (Day Break, Private Practice), and her pets.
2. Oh my god I can't wait to go see Idina Menzel defy gravity in WICKED!
3. Let's go see Enchanted; 'Dr. Mcdreamy' Patrick Dempsy and Idina Menzel star in it!