Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Women We Love: Idina Menzel

Object of our affection: Idina Menzel, actress/singer.

- She perfected her "moo" and nabbed her first Tony nomination as the militant bisexual performance artist Maureen in the legendary original cast of Rent, where she also landed her future husband, Taye Diggs; she reprised her role in the film version as well.

- The "Greenie" cult began with her iconic character Elphaba (a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West) in Wicked, a role that won her that Tony Award and a legion of avid devotees (see the latest MD Poll results for ample proof of that); she also played Elphaba in the London production.

- Other stage works include Summer of '42, Hair, Aida, The Wild Party, The Vagina Monologues and See What I Wanna See.

- Last year, she appeared in (but didn't sing) in Enchanted (out on DVDthis Tuesday) and sang the theme song for (but didn't appear in) Beowulf.

- Her third solo album, I Stand,was released earlier this year; to promote it, she will headline a concert tour starting next month.

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