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Idina Menzel with Josh Groban and Ravi Coltrane

Idina Menzel





Idina Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway in two career-defining roles—her Tony Award winning performance in the musical blockbuster "Wicked" and in the revolutionary "Rent." Idina’s debut album, I Stand is a powerful collection of new songs. With Idina’s voice and the talent of legendary Grammy winning producer Glen Ballard, the final outcome is an album filled with pop tunes and heartfelt ballads—intimate yet universal stories of life, its challenges, relationships and of course - the subject of love.

While working toward her bachelor's degree in drama from New York University, Idina performed with rock bands in downtown clubs in New York City during the week and performed at wedding gigs on the weekend. In the winter of l995, Idina auditioned for the Broadway bound "Rent" and won the part of Maureen, an outspoken bi-sexual performance artist. The role earned Menzel her first Tony nomination and the musical went on to win four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2003, Idina originated the role of "the green girl," the misunderstood witch in the hit musical "Wicked" which included her show-stopping performance of the song "Defying Gravity." In 2007, she re-recorded and remixed “Gravity” and the song went on to become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her star turn in "Wicked" won her a Tony Award and huge critical acclaim. Other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in "The Wild Party" and "See What I Wanna See" at the Public Theatre. Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted," "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust."

Inspired by artists like Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand - triple threats who have conquered stage, film and success as recording artists, Idina Menzel stands poised to embark on her ultimate challenge—a solo artist singing her very own songs.

This concert premieres on PBS January 15, 2009
(check local listings)

Fans and newcomers alike won’t be disappointed with actress/singer/songwriter Idina Menzel’s powerhouse voice and effervescent stage presence. Tony Award winner Menzel was featured in "Rent" and "Wicked," two of the best-selling musical cast recordings of all time. Catch her in this special episode of Soundstage, taped in New York City inside the Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Throughout the show Idina reveals her quirky personality, maintaining a truly personal connection with the audience by sharing stories of her upbringing, early career and lyrics before launching into songs off her third album, I Stand. In this rich and vibrant evening, Idina performs “Better To Have Loved,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Brave.” Critically-acclaimed saxophonist Ravi Coltrane contributes to her signature sound alongside strings on “Perfume and Promises,” and “Gorgeous” yields an uplifting message. In a show-stopping finale, Josh Groban drops by and joins Idina in a duet of his hit single “Awake.”