Idina Kim Mentzel
May 30, 1971
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||NYU Tisch School of the Arts|
(m. 2003; div. 2014)
Idina Kim Menzel (/ /; née Mentzel; born May 30, 1971) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A winner of one Tony Award out of three nominations, Menzel is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and signature belting technique, as well as her portrayals of strong, complex female characters who are often misunderstood. Having achieved mainstream success in stage, screen and music, she is one of the most successful Broadway performers of her generation.
Menzel rose to prominence as a stage actress playing Maureen Johnson in the rock musical Rent, her Broadway debut. Her performance earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. After appearing in several smaller-scale stage and Off-Broadway productions, she originated the role of Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked in 2003, a critically acclaimed performance for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The popularity of Menzel's character and song "Defying Gravity" earned her a devoted fanbase among theater enthusiasts. After leaving the show in 2005, she reprised the role in its West End production until 2006. In 2014, Menzel returned to Broadway as Elizabeth Vaughan in the musical If/Then, for which she received a third Tony Award nomination.
In the early 2000s, Menzel began transitioning to television and film. After reprising her role as Maureen in Rent's 2005 film adaptation, she had a non-singing role as Nancy Tremaine in the musical fantasy Enchanted (2007). Menzel also had a recurring role as Shelby Corcoran on the musical comedy television series Glee from 2010–2013. In 2019, she starred opposite Adam Sandler in the crime drama Uncut Gems, and played Vivian, Cinderella's stepmother, in 2021's Cinderella.
Menzel has voiced Elsa in Disney's animated Frozen franchise and related media since 2013; the song she recorded for the first film, "Let it Go", became widely popular and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. An international phenomenon, "Let It Go" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, in turn making Menzel the first Tony Award-winning actor to have a top-10 song on the chart. As a solo singer and songwriter, Menzel has released six studio albums, including I Stand (2008) and idina. (2016). Her first holiday album, 2014's Holiday Wishes, peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, her highest-placing solo album on the chart.
Early life and education
Idina Kim Mentzel was born on May 30, 1971, in Manhattan, New York City.[n 1] She grew up in New Jersey until about age three, 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 has a younger sister named Cara. Menzel is Jewish, and her grandparents emigrated from Russia. Menzel attended J. Irving Baylis Elementary School in Plainview, New York, and then Syosset's H.B. Thompson Middle School and Syosset High School.
When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced, and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job that she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama in 1992.
Idina changed the spelling of her surname to "Menzel" to better reflect the pronunciation that the Mentzel family had adopted in the United States. She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent.
In 2017, during an interview with Irish New York–based songwriter Jimmy Walsh, he revealed that, in 1992, 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. Menzel was paid $75 for the recording.
Rent to The Wild Party (1996–2000)
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. Despite her breakout performance in Rent, Menzel did not experience the immediate success she was expecting, claiming she subsequently faded into "obscurity" for the following eight years.
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.
Wicked, If/Then, to Skintight (2003–2018)
In 2003, Menzel starred alongside Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway in Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman based upon Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Shortly after a San Francisco try-out, Wicked began previews on October 8, 2003, with an official opening night on October 30. Menzel's performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, garnered critical acclaim, for which she won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Menzel's character also earned her a devoted fanbase, particularly among young girls who empathized with her misunderstood character, as well as a gay following. She can be heard on the show's Original Broadway Cast (OBC) recording. During her penultimate performance on January 8, 2005, she fell through a trap door during the melting scene and cracked a lower rib. This injury prevented her from performing in her final show on January 9. Menzel did, however, make a special appearance, in a red tracksuit, at that performance, performed her last song, and received a five-minute standing ovation. Menzel was replaced by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean. In 2010, Broadway.com readers voted Menzel their favourite Elphaba performer out of the then-eleven actresses who had played the character on Broadway.
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 27, 2006. She starred alongside Helen Dallimore as Glinda and Adam Garcia as Fiyero. 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 the musical Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London, from May 12 to 13, 2008, alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal, and Josh Groban. In 2008, she 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. She was joined by Glee costar Lea Michele as Claudia Octavia, Jeffrey Carleson as Nero, and Michael Arden as Octavia's brother, Brittanicus.
By February 28, 2013, Menzel was cast to star as Elizabeth in the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Broadway musical If/Then. Directed by Michael Greif (whom Menzel previously worked within the original production of Rent), it had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., starting with previews on November 5, 2013, until 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. For her performance, Menzel received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical and performed Always Starting Over, but lost to Jessie Mueller for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. If/Then closed on Broadway on March 22, 2015, after 29 previews and 401 regular performances.
Menzel reprised the role of Elizabeth (along with original Broadway cast members Lachanze, James Snyder, and Anthony Rapp) on the first seven stops of the show's national tour from October 2015 to January 2016. She departed the show (along with LaChanze and Snyder) on the last day of the Costa Mesa, California engagement, on January 24, 2016. Her replacement was Jackie Burns (who previously served as Menzel's standby in the Broadway production) starting January 27, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.
Later, in 2018, Menzel was cast as Jodi in Roundabout Theatre Company's World Premiere production of Joshua Harmon's new play Skintight. The show premiered Off Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. It began previews on May 31, 2018, opened on June 21, 2018, and ran for strictly limited engagement till August 26, 2018. The play earned Menzel rave reviews and marking it her first major New York Theater non-musical role. A year later, she reprised her performance in Skintight marking its debut on the West Coast. The production played the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California running from September 3 - October 6, 2019
While appearing in Skintight, Menzel read for the role of Mary Jane in a workshop for the Broadway rock musical Jagged Little Pill.
Menzel initially struggled to crossover into a solo music career beyond stage musicals, claiming the industry did not take her seriously as a pop or rock singer due to her Broadway origins. 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. Following the album release, she embarked on a promotional tour, but after selling fewer than 10,000 copies in the US and missing the Billboard 200, Menzel's label put the album out of print, and she was dropped from the label. However, the album was re-released once she began to rise to greater fame with her Tony-winning performance in Wicked.
Her second album, Here, was released independently by Zel Records in 2004. Menzel contributed to the soundtrack of Desperate Housewives in 2005. She also appears on Ray Charles's album Genius and Friends, which was also 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".
Her third solo album, I Stand, was released on January 29, 2008. It includes many new songs, including the lead single, "Brave", the title track "I Stand," and a song released on EP, "Gorgeous." The album debuted at number 58 on the 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 9 of the 10 songs on her album, with the song "Forever" writing only by herself.
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, benefiting Stand Up to Cancer. On November 27, 2008, she performed "I Stand" on the M&M's Chocolate float as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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 on October 20, 2010.
In April 2010, Menzel returned to the concert stage embarking on her "Barefoot at the Symphony Tour" in which she was accompanied by major symphony orchestras. Her performances included collaborations with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony, and featured symphonic arrangements by New York composer and producer Rob Mounsey. In October 2011, Menzel returned to London to perform a one-night-only concert in the United Kingdom at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. Menzel's concert stop in Toronto was filmed at The Royal Conservatory of Music on November 17 and 18, 2011, for her second PBS special. She was accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting and special guest Taye Diggs, Menzel's then-husband. Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony was released as a live CD and DVD and aired on PBS in March 2012, with Musical Director Rob Mounsey producing.
Menzel announced she would continue live performances in 2012. The first date she announced was July 8, 2012, at Ravinia Festival near Chicago, Illinois. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut (originally on October 29, 2012). However, due to Hurricane Sandy's impact on New York City, it was postponed until January 13, 2013.
Menzel toured Australia in June 2013 with shows in South Australia, Melbourne, Brisbane, and two at the Sydney Opera House.
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". The album, Holiday Wishes, was released on October 14, 2014. 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 (along with the cast recording to Frozen and If/Then) peak within the top 20 within ten months of the release date. Holiday Wishes also become the second-ever Christmas album to chart before Halloween during the SoundScan Era after Garth Brooks's 1992 album Beyond the Season. On November 26, 2014, Menzel announced through her Facebook page that she would be touring during the summer of 2015, making it her first global tour and first time playing shows in Europe and Asia.
Menzel was honored with the Breakthrough Artist award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music awards ceremony.
Menzel sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" a cappella at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015. Menzel's rendition earned mixed reviews from critics, who praised the quality of her voice but questioned some of her stylistic choices, namely tempo and volume. In a complementary review, Markos Papadatos of The Digital Journal felt Menzel redeemed her reputation as a strong vocalist after pundits had criticized her live performance of "Let it Go" at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve the previous year.
On August 5, 2016, Menzel announced she would release her eponymous fifth album, on September 23. Of the release, Menzel stated: "I poured my heart out and used my music as a place to kind of figure some things out. It's a really personal album." Marking it as her first original Pop studio album in 8 years since I Stand, the album debuted at # 29 on the US Billboard 200. With the success of the album, Menzel embarked on a World Tour in 2017 that traveled to Asia, Europe, and North America. Menzel's concert stop in Las Vegas was recorded for her second live album entitled idina Live and released on October 12, 2018.
On March 12, 2018, it was announced that Menzel would join Josh Groban for his Bridges Tour. For this tour, she served as Groban's Opening act before joining him later during his set for 2 duets of Lullaby and Falling Slowly. Menzel only performed with Groban on the 1st leg of North America in various cities including Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas. Phoenix, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, and a sold-out performance at New York's famed Madison Square Garden. The New York City show (entitled Bridges Live From Madison Square Garden) was also filmed and released in Movie Theaters & later a Live CD & DVD release with an airing on PBS.
On May 11, 2019, it was revealed that she had signed to Scooter Braun and SB Projects for music management. On October 18, 2019, Menzel released her second holiday album entitled Christmas: A Season of Love from School Boy and Decca Records on October 18, 2019. It debut at # 2 on Billboard's US Top Holiday Albums. In support of it, Menzel embarked on a three-city concert tour in the east coast including a sold out return to New York's Carnegie Hall.
Film and television career
After minor roles in Kissing Jessica Stein and Just a Kiss, Menzel had supporting roles in The Tollbooth and Water in 2004. Her first major role in a major film was in 2005 when she reprised her role as Maureen Johnson in the film adaptation of Rent. She was nominated for several critics circle awards for the part.
In 2007, Menzel appeared in the musical romantic comedy film Enchanted as Nancy Tremaine, the fiancée of Patrick Dempsey's character Robert and Giselle's (Amy Adams) romantic rival. Despite being a musical, Menzel famously does not sing in the film; a duet songwriters Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz had written for her character was ultimately not used. Menzel was offered the role without auditioning and was flattered that Disney cast her based solely on her acting abilities. Menzel explained that having her character sing would have made little sense narrative-wise, due to Nancy belonging to the reality-based New York world as opposed to the film's more fantastical characters. She opted to portray Nancy with vulnerability as opposed to "a typical mean girlfriend that everyone's going to hate." Enchanted was a critical and commercial success, but The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt accused the film of wasting Menzel's talent, while Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review felt the actress was underused. However, Screen Rant's Mel Hall found Menzel's performance compelling. Menzel will reprise her role in the sequel Disenchanted scheduled for a 2022 release, in which her character is expected to sing for the first time.
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 then-husband, actor Taye Diggs, Menzel had expressed interest in possibly guest-starring as the biological mother of Rachel. The character was introduced in the episode "Hell-O". 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.
In 2013, Menzel voiced Elsa, a young queen struggling to control her magical ability to manipulate ice and snow, in Disney's animated film Frozen. After failing to secure the lead role in Disney's Tangled (2010), the studio rediscovered Menzel's Tangled audition while casting Frozen, which Tangled's casting director had secretly recorded on her phone. Loosely based on the titular villain in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", Menzel's character was re-written into a misunderstood heroine for Disney's adaptation, prompted by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's creation of her anthem "Let it Go". They wrote "Let it Go" with Menzel in mind due to its demanding vocal range. Released to critical acclaim, Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film at the time of its release, earning $1.27 billion worldwide. Film critics praised Menzel's performance, particularly her rendition of "Let It Go", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song became a global pop culture phenomenon, with several fans uploading covers and parodies to the internet. "Let It Go" was also a successful radio single; peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, the song's placement made Menzel the first Tony Award-winning actor to earn a top-10 song on the chart. "Let it Go" ultimately became one of the best-selling songs of 2014, selling 10.9 million copies and out-performing Demi Lovato's pop version. Although Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt claims they had always intended to release Menzel's rendition as a single after Lovato's, the success of Menzel's version on pop radio was considered surprising due to its non-commercial sound. Menzel has since reprised her role of Elsa in most of her appearances including video games such as the Disney Infinity series and Kingdom Hearts III, the 2015 short film Frozen Fever, the 2017 featurette short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure, the 2018 film Ralph Breaks the Internet, and for the 2019 sequel Frozen II.
Menzel sang "Let it Go" live at the 86th Academy Awards in March 2014, where the song had been nominated for (and eventually won) the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Prior to her performance, actor John Travolta mispronounced her name as "Adele Dazeem" while introducing her to the stage, and the mispronunciation subsequently became a viral Internet meme. Menzel was not upset about the mispronunciation. 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 (a play on the word Fahrvergnügen, referring to Frozen). Three days after the ceremony, Travolta publicly apologized to Menzel for mispronouncing her name. 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.
She is set to co-star opposite Camila Cabello in Kay Cannon's upcoming new film adaptation of Cinderella playing Vivian, the stepmother who is, according to the director, not evil. The film is expecting to be released February 5, 2021, from Columbia Pictures, but then postponed to July 16, 2021. Despite being fans of actresses who played the role prior, Menzel strove to veer "away from the archetypal kind of idea of the straight-ahead evil nemesis" by exploring the trauma behind the character's cruel nature. Menzel also wrote and performed an original song for her character entitled "Dream Girl". The film received mixed reviews upon release, but Menzel's performance was praised. Commending her chemistry with Cabello, IndieWire's Kristen Lopez said she plays the character "deliciously", while Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times described Menzel as "her usual spectacular self" and "arguably the most nuanced and empathetic 'evil' stepmother in 'Cinderella' history". Michael Calleri of the Niagara Gazette said Menzel delivers the film's best performance, writing, "Thank goodness Menzel has talent to spare and knows how to give [her character's] banality a boost." She will also star in American Murderer directed by Matthew Gentile.
During the ongoing time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Menzel created and launched a brand new YouTube web series for children entitled Idina's Treehouse. The series featured Menzel from her treehouse out in her Los Angeles home that originally was built for her son Walker Nathaniel Diggs. It features a full set of songs, stories, and appearances from Menzel's family and friends.
Voice and influences
Menzel possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range that spans approximately three octaves. For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sharon Eberson wrote that Menzel's voice "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?" Eberson observed that she "interprets songs as much as an actress as a singer," believing, "therein lies her connection to the music and her fans." Describing Menzel as a loud soprano similar to Broadway actress Ethel Merman, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote "The sound she creates when she belts ... is a primal cry embedded in her being that insists that we listen and pay attention." Holden observed that her voice can alternate between "babyish and demanding, or it can sound grand and imperial" depending on the song choice. According to Andrew Gans of Playbill, Menzel has "one of the most unique voices of her generation, a pliable alto that can be sweet and girlish in its middle register and then easily soar to pop-influenced top notes way above high C." Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez described Menzel's voice as "a warm hug" with "this warmth and this vulnerability down low. And then, as you bring her higher and higher, she gets stronger and stronger, and more powerful. She just reaches into your soul when she’s singing these big, giant songs."
Menzel is known for her signature high belting style; The Kennedy Center website cites Menzel as a prime example of a "Broadway Belter" who uses the technique to her advantage. Theater critic Charles Isherwood said the singer "has a voice that is very much her own," describing it as "totally distinctive" with "a great belt and a great range." Describing Menzel's voice as "husky ... 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 believes she possesses "a superior instrument" both live and in-studio. Explaining her own technique, Menzel said she avoids moving her shoulders while singing and prefers "to take a smaller breath for a bigger, longer note because there's less air that will come pummeling out." She also maintains her voice by constantly steaming and practicing vocal warm ups, describing her routine as "very ritualistic" and "disciplined". Despite her live vocals earning consistent acclaim, some critics have criticized Menzel's belting for sounding "screechy". Schuyler Velasco of The Christian Science Monitor observed that the singer "made a career out of belting notes that would fry the vocal chords of mere mortals", but felt the emotion of her performances sometimes suffers at the hands of her vocal proficiency. Velasco cited her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLIX as an example of Menzel sacrificing excitement and inspiration for technique, yet delivering an adequate performance nonetheless. Menzel addressed such criticisms during a 2014 concert, explaining that she wishes to sing loud, proud and "from the heart" like her idols Merman and Aretha Franklin. Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun wrote that Menzel's "high-wattage vocal cords and intense phrasing ... [make] a mark whenever she sings." Menzel admits that she finds some of her most famous songs challenging, namely songs from the Frozen films, which "push her to vocal extremes" and require constant warming up and sometimes lowering the key for live performances.
Menzel's vocal style has drawn comparisons to singer Barbra Streisand, whose song "Don't Rain on My Parade" she often covers, including in tribute to her at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors. Menzel said she had long aspired to have a career as successful as Streisand to whose Jewish upbringing Menzel has also been compared, with fans deeming her "the next big Jewish icon in music". Menzel was particularly inspired by Streisand's performance in the film A Star is Born (1976), and cites jazz singers Billie Holliday and Etta James among her idols. Despite emulating her inspirations, Menzel claims she maintains the importance of "finding [her] own voice." Some critics have dubbed Menzel "the Streisand of her generation". Similar comparisons have been drawn between Menzel and singer Bette Midler.
Professionally trained as a classical singer from age eight, Menzel decided to pursue different genres such as R&B and jazz once she began high school. Upon becoming a wedding singer, Menzel was eventually exposed to a wide variety of musical genres, ranging from jazz to rock and Motown, and would often experiment with new arrangements of traditional songs. She credits her wedding singer background with training her to improvise new vocal arrangements, which in turn helps her ad-lib alternative versions of songs when she is feeling unwell or her voice is tired. Her set lists tend to incorporate an eclectic combination of original material and covers of popular pop, rock, musical theatre and film songs, choosing an assortment of songs she expects fans want to hear and feels inspired to attempt new interpretations of. Jay Handelman of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune opined that Menzel's song choices "reinforce her own offbeat personality." Menzel often opts to perform barefoot in concert, which has become a trademark of her live performances. She also enjoys chatting with audience members in-between musical performances. In addition to her vocal prowess, she has been noted for her charm and wit; Smith described Menzel as "a pro at delivering stage banter and as quick on the draw with one-liners as seasoned stand-up comedians." On her stage presence, The Denver Post critic Ray Mark Rinaldi wrote that Menzel delivers "the kind of self-assurance that can only come from beating out Kristin Chenoweth for a Tony. She comes out on stage, dressed like she doesn’t care, acting a little dizzy, but knowing all along she’s gonna hit the right notes."
Menzel has become closely associated with songs about self-empowerment, specifically her signature songs "Defying Gravity" and "Let it Go". Discussing Disney author Amy M. Davis believes Menzel's voice "has become associated with rebellion for Broadway fans." However, she claims such themes have made her feel fraudulent at times because she does not always feel empowered. Subsequently, she has begun incorporating more emotional material into her sets, such as Radiohead's "Creep". Although Menzel co-writes most of her own material as a singer-songwriter, she considers herself a collaborator rather than a songwriter, explaining that she prefers working with other songwriters or producers: "They start playing some music, and I like to sing… I can sing melodies, I come up with titles and lyrical ideas, but I’m really not good at making decisions." Menzel claims she has never completed writing a song on her own, finding the process to be too stressful: "I never had a good song that I wrote, so to be up here and act like I’m this great songwriter, I would be just a fraud. But, I’m good at bringing myself to it—being a good collaborator in the room.” The Ithacan's Preston Arment observed that "what Menzel may lack in songwriting ability, she makes up for with stunning vocals that remind us why listeners will never stop loving her." Menzel's fifth studio album, which she considers to be her most personal to-date, contains a combination of both ballads and upbeat tracks that explore themes about finding home, personal loss, empowerment, relationships and starting over, which was inspired by her divorce from Taye Diggs.
Legacy and public image
Menzel is considered to be among the greatest Broadway performers of her generation. possessing one of the most recognizable and sought-after singing voices in the industry. Jenny Singer of Glamour declared that Menzel is one of history's greatest musical theater vocalists, while Melina Gills of Tribeca Film described her as "an icon and one of the most celebrated presences on the singing stage". The Toronto Sun's Jim Slotek has deemed her "this generation's Broadway icon". Menzel's biography on Starz describes her as "a stage to screen success story" and "the type of star they really don't make anymore". In 2020, Cleveland.com's Troy L. Smith named Menzel the best vocalist of 2013, writing that the year's popularity of "Let it Go" only cemented her reputation as "one of Broadway’s greatest stars of all time". The previous year, BroadwayWorld recognized Menzel among "10 Broadway Stars Who Ruled the Decade". Time Out ranked Menzel Broadway's 19th greatest female performer of all-time, recognizing that she established a "stratospheric reputation" solely based on the popularity of Rent and Wicked, having only starred in one Broadway musical since the latter. Examining the endurance of "Defying Gravity" from Wicked, Vulture.com's Jackson McHenry attributes the song's popularity to Menzel's "pneumatic lungs and the powerhouse performances of the divas that followed"; McHenry believes few singers can service the ballad as successfully as Menzel's original. As an actress, Menzel has developed a reputation for playing misunderstood female characters both on stage and in film, believing she gravitates towards these types of roles. According to the Irish Independent, Menzel has become "a go-to actress for producers looking for a feisty female lead" based on her successes as Maureen, Elphaba and Elsa. While Menzel believes Broadway has always had compelling roles for women of all ages, she believes Hollywood is much more susceptible to ageism and sexism.
Menzel also among the wealthiest Broadway performers, due in part to her television, film and music careers. Menzel's successful transition from stage performer to film and music star have been discussed at length. The original Broadway cast recordings of Rent and If/Then, both cast albums prominently featuring Menzel as a soloist, debuted within the top-20 of the Billboard 200 chart. In a 2014 article, Billboard wrote that Menzel's crossover success "bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars", while the popularity of "Let it Go" "kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen." When Menzel returned to Broadway in 2014 after the success of Frozen, Suzy Evans of Billboard observed that response to her return was more akin to that of a rock star than a theater actor. Menzel's fans have given themselves the nickname "Fanzels". Isherwood attributes her large following to Menzel having starred in "two era-defying, hugely successful Broadway musicals," namely Rent and Wicked. Isherwood concluded, "There's nothing inauthentic about her performances. She always seems like a real person." Menzel is largely viewed as a role model towards young woman, particularly due to her role as Elsa which has garnered a large following among Frozen fans. She says she takes her responsibility as a role model seriously, receiving the opportunity as "a reminder to me as well, as a woman my age, to really embrace her uniqueness and her strength and her power and not apologise for it." However, she has stated that she does not always feel like a role model in her personal life and feels uncomfortable bearing the responsibility at times, claiming she sometimes feels like a failure herself.
In November 2019, Menzel and actress Kristen Bell, who play sisters in Disney's Frozen franchise, received neighboring stars—Menzel's was the 2682nd and Bell's was the 2681st—on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Menzel married Taye Diggs on January 11, 2003. They met in 1995 during the original production of Rent, in which Diggs portrayed Benjamin Coffin III, the landlord. On September 2, 2009, she gave birth to their son. In late 2013, it was reported that Menzel and Diggs had separated after 10 years of marriage.
Menzel began dating actor Aaron Lohr, and in August 2015, they bought a home together in Encino, Los Angeles, California. On September 23, 2016, Menzel announced that she and Lohr were engaged. They were married over the weekend of September 22, 2017.
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."
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, sharing the title with Elton John, Patti LuPone, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Rivers, and Robin Strasser.
On May 17, 2009, Menzel performed at a special benefit concert in Atlanta, Georgia, to raise money for the Pace Academy Diversity Program in coordination with the Ron Clark Academy. The event resulted in the funding of two scholarships for Ron Clark Academy students to attend Pace Academy. The event was organized and hosted by Philip McAdoo, a former Rent cast member and current Diversity Program Director at Pace Academy.
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, and innovative educational programming, and offers scholarships and opportunities to experience professional performances. In Summer 2011, Camp BroaderWay welcomed 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.
Menzel has long-championed LGBT rights by partnering with organizations like The Trevor Project, the Give A Damn Campaign (filming a public service announcement and designing a T-shirt) and the NOH8 Campaign, posing for one of their trademark duct-taped silence photos.
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.
|2001||Kissing Jessica Stein||Bridesmaid|
|2002||Just a Kiss||Linda|
|The Tollbooth||Raquel Cohen-Flaxman|
|2006||Ask the Dust||Vera Rivkin|
|2007||ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway||Herself||Recorded "Lullaby of Broadway" for the end credits|
|Beowulf||Herself||Recorded "A Hero Comes Home" for the end credits|
|2015||Frozen Fever||Short film|
|2017||Olaf's Frozen Adventure|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet|
|2019||Uncut Gems||Dinah Ratner|
|Frozen II||Elsa (voice)|
|1998||Hercules: The Animated Series||Circe (voice)||1 episode|
|2005||Kevin Hill||Francine Prescott||2 episodes|
|2009||Soundstage||Herself||Season 7, episode 2|
|Private Practice||Lisa King||2 episodes|
|Great Performances: Chess in Concert||Florence Vassy||1 episode|
|2010||A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House||Herself||PBS Special|
|2010–2013||Glee||Shelby Corcoran||12 episodes|
|2010||Wonder Pets||The Queen of Hearts (voice)||Episode: "Adventures in Wonderland"|
|Sesame Street||Herself||1 episode|
|2011||The Glee Project||Episode: "Theatricality"|
|Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony||PBS Special|
|2015||Arthur||Dr. Paula (voice)||Episode: "Shelter from the Storm"|
|2016||Lego Frozen Northern Lights||Elsa (voice)|
|2017||Beaches||Cecilia Carol "C. C." Bloom||Television film|
|Julie's Greenroom||Herself||Episode: "The Show Must Go On"|
|Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway||Guest announcer||Series 14, episode 7|
|2018||A Very Wicked Halloween||Herself / Elphaba|
|2020||The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II||Herself||Television special|
|2020||Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2||Herself||Disney + Docuseries|
|1994||Rent||Maureen Johnson||New York Theatre Workshop||October 27 – November 6, 1994|
|1996||Nederlander Theatre||April 29, 1996 – July 1, 1997|
|2000||The Wild Party||Kate||Manhattan Theatre Club||February 24 – April 9, 2000|
|Summer of '42||Dorothy||Norma Terris Theatre||August 10 – September 3, 2000|
|2001||Hair||Sheila||New York City Center||May 3–7, 2001|
|Aida||Amneris||Palace Theatre||September 13, 2001 – January 27, 2002|
|2002||The Vagina Monologues||Performer||Westside Theatre||March 5 – April 14, 2002|
|Funny Girl (concert)||Fanny Brice||New Amsterdam Theatre||September 23, 2002||(Performed "Cornet Man")|
|2003||Wicked||Elphaba||George Gershwin Theatre||October 8, 2003 – January 8, 2005|
|2005||See What I Wanna See||Kesa /
The Wife (Lily) /
The Actress (Deanna)
|The Public Theatre||October 30 – December 4, 2005|
|2006||Wicked||Elphaba||Apollo Victoria Theatre||September 7 – December 30, 2006|
|2008||Chess in Concert (concert)||Florence Vassy||Royal Albert Hall||May 12–13, 2008|
|Nero||Poppaea Sabina||Powerhouse Theater||July 11–13, 2008|
|2014||If/Then||Elizabeth Vaughan||Richard Rodgers Theatre||March 30, 2014 – March 22, 2015|
|2015||N/A||October 13, 2015 – January 26, 2016||National tour|
|2018||Skintight||Jodi Isaac||Laura Pels Theatre||May 31 – August 26, 2018|
|2019||Geffen Playhouse||September 3 – October 12, 2019||LA production of Skintight|
|2021||Wild||TBA||American Repertory Theater||December 2021 – TBA 2022||World premiere of musical|
|2013||Disney Infinity||Elsa (voice)|
|2014||Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III|
|2015||Super Bowl XLIX||Herself||National Anthem|
|2015 – 2016||Sirius Satellite Radio||Guest DJ||Radio show;|
|2018||Celebrity Undercover Boss||Undercover as Helen Gold||Stars in episode 2|
|2020||GEICO Tax Attorney Commercial||Herself||Singing to GEICO customer|
|Idina's Treehouse||Herself||Host; YouTube|
- Still I Can't Be Still (1998)
- Here (2004)
- I Stand (2008)
- Holiday Wishes (2014)
- idina. (2016)
- Christmas: A Season of Love (2019)
|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||50||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 held concerts in South Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the UK, Ireland, the US, Belgium, and Canada.|
|March 29, 2017||September 3, 2017||Idina World Tour||57||Performances in the US, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Japan, and the UK.|
|October 18, 2018||November 18, 2018||Bridges Tour||18||Menzel was the Opening Act for the first North American leg. She later joined Josh Groban on 2 duets during his set.|
|December 6, 2019||December 11, 2019||A Season of Love Tour||3||In support of her second holiday album Christmas: A Season of Love|
|August 1998||Lilith Fair||August 6 show in Cleveland, August 8 show in Cincinnati, August 9 show in Pittsburgh, and August 10 show in Hershey.|
|December 7, 2000||SH-K-Boom's Cutting Room|
|May/June 2001||Joe's Pub||Shows on May 12, 19, and June 2.|
|Oct. 7, 2002||Ars Nova|
|December 13, 2004||The Zipper Factory||Here promotional concert.|
|August 2005||Provincetown Theatre & Regatta Bar||August 18–21 in Provincetown, and 26 and 27 in Boston.|
|September 4, 2005||The Hot Tin Roof|
|September 17, 2007||Hulu Theater|
|January 29, 2008||Virgin Megastore|
|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.|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|Broadway.com 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|
|Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Diva Performance||Nominated|
|Favorite Ensemble Performance||Nominated|
|2006||Whatsonstage.com 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|
|Broadway.com Audience Award||Best Leading Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Best Onstage Pair (w/ James Snyder)||Won|
|Best Diva Performance||Nominated|
|2018||Drama League Award||Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre||Honoree|
|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|
|2013||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Animated Female||Frozen||Nominated|
|2014||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|
|Billboard Music Award||Top Streaming Video||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Top Soundtrack||Won|
|2020||Teen Choice Awards||Favorite Voice Actress||Frozen II||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Choice Music: Group||Glee||Nominated|
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Mr. Pascal ... graduated from Syosset High School in 1988.... [In 1995] he got a call from a friend and former Syosset classmate, Idina Menzel....
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[Menzel] showed off her spectacular voice, although some viewers questioned her stylistic choices, like speeding up certain parts of the anthem.
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