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Monday, May 31, 2010

Favorites: Profile Of The Week: Idina Menzel

I enjoyed this profile because it showcased the story of her life beginning with her first role in Rent and moving on to her married life with Taye Diggs. It also had information that is not widely known. ~Dave 

Idina Menzel never ceases to amaze. Her first professional role was as Maureen in Rent, and netted her her first Tony nomination in 1997. She moved on to some other huge roles including originating the role of Dorothy in Summer of '42, Shelia in Hair and Amneris in Aida. In 2003 her life would change forever; she would be cast in a little musical called Wicked.

Her role as Elphabab would bring her to the national spotlight along with 'frienimie' Kristin Chenoweth. Rumors of an alleged rivalry between the two powerhouse actress began almost immediately. Kristin for her part has denied they hate one another, saying that when you're in a production like that it's like a "family"

She cracked her rib on her third to last performance and was not able to perform, however on January 9, 2005 what would have been her final performance, she made a special out of costume appearance and sang her last song. For that rendition she received a 5 minute long standing ovation. She would also walk away wit a Tony for best leading actress in a musical.

Idina is married to Private Practice star Taye Diggs,and the couple have a son. Idina has been married to Taye for 7 years and they dated for another 7 before that. Both are involved in TV projects at the moment. Taye of course is on the ABC hit Private Practice, and Idina is guest starring on the hotter than ever Glee. Will she reunite with former co-star and alleged enemy Kristin, who is also reprising her role as April? No one is commenting but it is very doubtful at this point, sadly.

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