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Idina Menzel: Broadway and Beyond

Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, star of Broadway’s “Rent” and “Wicked,” joins us in the studio.

Singer Idina Menzel performs in Los Angeles, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. (AP)

Idina Menzel is a Broadway star so big she makes fans scream.

She played Maureen in “Rent” and the wicked witch in “Wicked.” Now she’s on Fox TV’s “Glee.”

She came up as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, who would belt whatever song you asked for with a famously big set of lungs.

Off Broadway, on the other side of her life, she’s always had an eye on the pop music charts, where Beyonce and Mariah Carey ruled. But it’s hard to cross over.

This Hour, On Point: a conversation with actress, singer, songwriter Idina Menzel.


Idina Menzel, Tony-Award winning actor, singer, and star in Broadway shows such as Rent and Wicked. She’s now on FOX’s “Glee.”

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  • kim klein

    How can a big fan from Holland see the show with Idina????

    Idina’s the best!

  • Natalie

    Idina is so talented! Once I heard she was coming to the POPs I bought tickets that second. I loved her in Rent, Wicked, and everything else she has done. She is able to reach across the Broadway and pop spectrum because of her amazing aptitude, this is a REAL performer. I am personally tone deaf but my sister can sing like her and I am always making her sing Idina’s hits! Also her baby is adorable.

  • Tommy

    She brings down the house because she’s not afraid to throw herself entirely (her voice included) into her roles.

  • Leah

    I just wanted to say that I love Idina. My sister and I have been fans for years. Tomorrow (5/6) will be the 3rd time that we have seen Idina perform live. We traveled 2.5 hours to Western Massachusetts in April of 2008 to see her perform because that was the closest she was going to be. We enjoy everything that she has done both on/off Broadway and her own music. She is incredible and I can’t wait to see her perform again!

  • Jim

    Please ask Idina her thoughts on the surge in musicals based on Television and movies (Legally Blonde, Adams Family, etc.) what would she like to see produced? Are there going to be more great classic shows like in the 60′s 70′s?

  • Brian Galford


    When you were a wedding singer with a small repertoire, did you have a band backing you up or did you sing a cappella or a boom box?

    You have been a part of two blockbuster broadway shows Rent and Wicked! Rent was an all star team of vocalists and Wicked was a match made in heaven with Kristin Chenowith. How amazing!

  • jim thompson


    Bravo another great show! Thanks to Idina for bringing us so much wonderful entertainment. I still get tears and chills listening to For Good from Wicked and goosebumps from Defying Gravity.

    We get a few great ones, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Eder and Idina Menzel!!!!!

    Idina you are, well…just a little more marvelous than all the others.

  • Lisa Teichner

    Idina is an amazing performer – we love her on Broadway, her CD’s and on Glee! My daughter and I are celebrating her 18th birthday with Idina and the Pops tonight – can’t wait to hear her live this evening.

  • steven

    In Rent, the only part of the movie I’ve never fully understood is the ‘one woman show’ Idina (Maureen) puts on refering to a cow jumping over the moon/drinking from the cow’s tit. Can someone please enlighten me?

  • Jennie

    I’m a theatre and music student in college and my mom sent me an email saying I needed to find this podcast and listen to it immediately. I have been a fan of Idina since I memorized RENT in 4th grade and knew I wanted to be just like her. Her heart is in the right place, and thank you for having her on. It was a nice treat through this stressfull finals week!

  • Iris

    so i have this talent show coming up and ive been having a hard time finding a song. I think i just found it!

  • Bernadette Howlett

    “I stand for the strange and lonely” (Idina Menzel). This lyric shows the generous heart that enlivens Idina Menzel’s moving performances. The songs she writes show us she is genuine, someone deserving of not only our admiration but also our respect.

  • Colleen Powell

    I was so lucky to have seen and heard Idina at the Pops last night (May 5th). She lived up to all my expectations. I especially enjoyed her sharing with the audience. She performed brillantly- singing the opening of Defying Gravity without a mic at Symphony Hall. OUTSTANDING!! I’m still humming 13 hours later.

  • http://www.wickedtickets4sale.com Jennifer@Wicked Tickets

    Wow. Wicked is my favorite show. The story, the production, the singing, the acting, the humor, the lighting, it’s all SO exciting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003294267180 KL Ford

    My mixer upper is Idina on The Wizard of Oz & Wicked at same time. It would b impossible I love her both ways. Of course she won tony award. I can’t choose a favorite it happen to be her as she becomes.

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