Tony Award-winning Broadway star Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music.
Menzel currently stars as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s animated smash Frozen. The film’s Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated single “Let it Go” topped the singles charts around the globe and has been certified platinum. Menzel will perform the hit song live at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. Coming on the heels of her Oscar debut is her highly anticipated return to Broadway in the original new musical If/Then, written by Pulitzer-Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.
Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of Hair and starred as Amneris in Broadway's Aida. In London, she originated the role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Other Off-Broadway credits include Michael John LaChiusa's musical See What I Wanna See, directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater, the pre-Broadway production of Rent, and The Vagina Monologues.
Lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, Menzel recently concluded a highly successful international tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, she played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time, earning her second Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Solo Performance in 2013. The Denver Post dubbed her "The Streisand of her generation," while The New York Times praised her as "an entertainer with a phenomenal voice...Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power." As part of her tour, Menzel’s live concert at The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada was recorded for her CD and DVD entitled, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The concert aired internationally, including a PBS special in the United States. A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. Her albums include I Stand, produced by Glen Ballard, Home, and Still I Can’t Be Still.
Menzel's film credits include Disney's romantic fable, Enchanted, where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. Menzel’s television credits include a recurring role on Glee, Fox’s smash hit series, as fan-favorite Shelby Corcoran, Rachel's biological mother. She has also appeared on Private Practice, Kevin Hill, and Rescue Me!
Philanthropy is also important to Menzel who created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with her husband Taye Diggs. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. For more information, visit www.abroaderway.org.