Album:Wicked: A New Musical
Idina Menzel may be best known as Shelby Corcoran on the TV series Glee. But she is primarily a Broadway performer and had her biggest success in the 2003 musical Wicked. She won a Tony for that. And Defying Gravity is her signature song and a remix made the dance charts in 2007. She was born May 30, 1971 in Queen's, NY. She started singing as a teen and earned a BA in drama at New York University. Her first professional job was in the 1995 musical Rent. She was nominated for a Tony. When she left in 1997, she signed with Hollywood Records and released a solo album. She continued to perform on stage. But she got her big break when she was cast as the lead witch Elphaba in the 2003 Stephen Schwarz musical Wicked. Wicked tells The Wizard Of Oz through the witches viewpoint. It premiered Oct. 2003 and was a huge hit. And Idina won a Tony for her performance. She left Wicked Jan. 2005 after falling and breaking a rib. Defying Gravity is Idina's big song from Wicked. When the song was remixed in 2007, it became a dance club hit. Since then she has continued to perform on stage and will return to Broadway in March 2014 in the musical If/Then. Idina has done a few films, most notably the 2005 film of the musical Rent. And she has played the recurring role of Shelby Corcoran on the TV series Glee. She has recorded 4 CDs, most recently for Concord in 2012. Her recording of Let It Go from the 2013 animated film Frozen was a surprise top 20 pop hit. The song was nominated for an Oscar and Idina will perform it on next week's Oscar broadcast. It may be the first time many viewers will see her. But she has been giving stellar performances on Broadway for the last decade. Here's Idina Menzel with Kristin Chenoweth performing Defying Gravity on the 2004 Tony Awards broadcast.