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Idina Menzel

Born : 30 May 1971
City : Queens, New York City, New York, United States
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Idina Menzel Biography

Idina Menzel (born Idina Kim MentzelMay 30, 1971)is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, a role which she reprised for the 2005 feature film adaptation of the musical. She received a Tony Award nomination in 1996 for her performance in Rent. In 2004, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for originating the role of Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked. She made her return to Broadway in 2014 musical If/Then. She was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in If/Then.

Menzel is also known for her recurring role of Shelby Corcoran, (the biological mother of main character Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele) on the Fox musical comedy-drama TV series Glee, the 2007 Disney film Enchanted and as the voice of Elsa the Snow Queen in the 2013 Disney film Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, in which she sang the Academy Award-winning song "Let It Go". The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Menzel is the only competitive Tony Award-winning actress to ever reach the top 10.

Early life and education

Menzel was born Idina Kim Mentzel in Queens, or Syosset, New York, on Long Island.(Sources differ.) She grew up in Syosset.Her mother, Helene, is a therapist, and her father, Stuart Mentzel, worked as a pajama salesman.She has a younger sister named Cara. Menzel's family is Jewish; her grandparents emigrated from Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe

Theatre career
Menzel in 2004

In 1995, Menzel auditioned for Rent, which became her first professional theater 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 for 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.

Film, television, recording and singing career
Menzel in 2008

Menzel's film roles include appearances in Just a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Tollbooth, Water, Ask the Dust, Enchanted, Frozen, and Rent, in which she and five other original cast members reprised their stage roles. As a singer, Menzel is known for her wide vocal range and her use of the 'belt' technique.

Artistry

Menzel's voice type is often a subject of dispute among music and theater critics. While most believe that Menzel is a soprano, others, generally book authors, have argued that the singer is rather a mezzo-soprano. Describing Menzel as a loud, "full-volume soprano" similar to Broadway actress Ethel Merman, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote of Menzel's voice, "The sound she creates when she belts in her high soprano register is a primal cry embedded in her being that insists that we listen and pay attention." Holden continued, "Depending on the song, [her voice] can sound babyish and demanding, or it can sound grand and imperial."

Artistry

Menzel's voice type is often a subject of dispute among music and theater critics. While most believe that Menzel is a soprano, others, generally book authors, have argued that the singer is rather a mezzo-soprano. Describing Menzel as a loud, "full-volume soprano" similar to Broadway actress Ethel Merman, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote of Menzel's voice, "The sound she creates when she belts in her high soprano register is a primal cry embedded in her being that insists that we listen and pay attention." Holden continued, "Depending on the song, [her voice] can sound babyish and demanding, or it can sound grand and imperial."

Charity

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. Other honorary chairs for the evening's charity event included Elton John, Patti LuPone, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Rivers and Robin Strasser.


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