Happy Birthday Idina Menzel May 30

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Idina Menzel via Playbill
Idina Menzel via Playbill



Idina Menzel via Playbill
Idina Menzel via Playbill

Happy Birthday Idina Kim Menzel.  She was given the name Ida after her great-grandmother. The meaning of the Old English name “Idina” or “Edina” is “from Edinburgh, Scotland.”

Idina Kim Mentzel was born in Manhattan, New Yor City, on May 30, 1971. She was raised in New Jersey until the age of three, when her family relocated to Long Island’s Syosset, New York.

Throughout her career, Idina Menzel has played numerous legendary roles. When she featured in the Broadway musical Rent, it was arguably one of her most prominent roles and her breakout performance. She originated the part of Maureen Johnson, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1996.  She was the first person in theatre history to simultaneously have a Billboard top ten song and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina has a tremendous amount of compassion, and as a result, she has spent a great deal of time fighting for LGBT rights. She has been known to collaborate with several charities and organizations, including The Trevor Project and NOH8. She has helped generate funds for these charities and advocated for others’ rights.

Idina Menzel co-starred with Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, on Broadway in 2003. Shortly after a tryout in San Francisco, previews for Wicked began on October 8, 2003, with opening night on October 30. Menzel received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, for which she received critical acclaim. Menzel’s character won her a passionate fanbase, particularly among young girls who identified with her misunderstood character, as well as an LGBT following.  She is featured on the Original Broadway Cast recording of the musical. On January 8, 2005, at her penultimate performance, she fell through a trap door during the melting scene and fractured her bottom rib. This injury prohibited her from performing on January 9 in her farewell act. At that performance, Menzel made a spectacular appearance in a red tracksuit, played her final song, and earned a five-minute standing ovation.

In the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen, Menzel voiced Elsa, a young queen battling with her magical ability to control ice and snow.  Following her failure to land the main role in Disney’s Tangled, the studio unearthed Idina Menzel’s Tangled audition while casting Frozen,[80] which had been secretly filmed by Tangled’s casting director on her phone.   Menzel’s character was rewritten as a misunderstood heroine in Disney’s rendition of “The Snow Queen,” which was inspired by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s composition of her anthem “Let It Go.”   Due to its challenging vocal range, “Let It Go” was written with Menzel in mind.  Frozen was the highest-grossing animated picture in the world at the time of its release, grossing $1.27 billion worldwide. Film critics appreciated Menzel’s performance, especially her interpretation of “Let It Go,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Several fans uploaded covers and parodies of the song to the internet, making it a global pop culture phenomenon.  “Let It Go” was also a popular radio single; it peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, making Menzel the first Tony Award-winning actor to achieve a top-ten song on the chart. Ultimately, “Let It Go” became one of the best-selling singles of 2014, selling 10.9 million copies.

In March 2014, Menzel performed “Let It Go” live at the 86th Academy Awards, when the song was nominated for (and ultimately won) the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Idina Menzel via Playbill
Idina Menzel via Playbill

 

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