Idina Menzel who is popular for her performances as Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent was born in New York on May 30, 1971 to Stuart and Helene Mentzel. While Stuart is a pajama salesman and Helene is a therapist.
Idina Menzel name was borrowed from her great grandmother named Ida. She has only one younger sister Cara. Because of mispronunciation Idina Menzel has changed her surname from Menzel to Mentzel forever.
Idina always wanted to be a singer as she was very fond of singing due to which she started taking the classical vocal training at a very small age. Even in the class five Idina Menzel sang ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ in the summer camp from which she became popular and after that Idina Menzel played a role of Dorothy in ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and Mabel in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.
Menzel began her career at the age of 15 years when her parents get divorced due to which Idina Menzel started working as a wedding and a bar singer to raise her living. She continued this job until she holds a degree in Drama from the Tisch School of fine arts. Idina Menzel has also done graduation from Syosset High School in New York.
Idina Menzel did a Broadway production ‘Rent’ in 1995 which helped her in getting the Best Actress Award. After the success of ‘Rent’ all over she never looked back and featured in many plays for which she has nominated and gets the awards. Based on the ‘Gregory Maguire novel’ she started singing in a Broadway production ‘Wicked’ with her fellow actress named ‘Kristin Chenoweth’ whose music is given by ‘Stephen Schwartz’ and ‘Winnie Holzman’. In 2004 she had won a Tony Award as the best actress for the role ‘Elphaba’ in ‘Wicked’.
After signing with the Warner Records she planned to make a new album for which Idina Menzel decided to write and records the songs of its own.
Idina Menzel also did role of appearance in various movies like ‘Just A Kiss’, ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’, ‘Tollbooth’, ‘Water’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Rent’. Idina Menzel cut two albums — ‘Still I Can’t Be Still’ which was released on September 15, 1998 and second was ‘Here’ which was released on 10th February, 2004 consisting of six songs.
After 7 years of dating Menzel married to an actor and a co-star in the film ‘Rent’ named Taye Diggs on January 11, 2003 and when they tie a knot their Rent fans started calling them as Tidina.
After the name of the famous Jazz performers they named their cats Ella and Coltrane as ‘Jazz Cats’ and also they have a Yorkshire terrier, a young woman named Sammie
Who suffered from immunodeficiency disease for whom Menzel worked with the Kids Wish Network and take Idina Menzel at the premier of the film ‘Enchanted’.
After their marriage both of them together performed in ‘You Call My Name’, in Broadway musical ‘The Wild Party’, in a film called ‘Just A Kiss’ and in a musical video ‘The Minuet’.
In 2007 Idina Menzel did a role of character’s best friend in the film Enchanted starring Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon and James Marsden. After this she has started working on Idina Menzel third album called ‘I Stand’ which is launched in U.S. in April 2008.
Also Idina Menzel show stopping performance of the song “Defying Gravity” was again re-recorded and remixed which afterwards become the top 5 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart.
Idina’s albums for her fans are available at EBay, Half.com, and Amazon.com. Her first album ‘Still I Can’t Be Still’ is full of adventurous sex, love and tales of life in the big city.