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Tony Award winner IDINA MENZEL (Maureen) has been enjoying a diverse career on the stage, in films and in music. She will soon star in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell.

Earlier this year, Menzel completed her starring role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in Stephen Schwartz's hit Broadway musical "Wicked,” for which she received the 2004 Tony Award as Lead Actress in a Musical. Helmed by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello, "Wicked” has played to packed audiences at the Gershwin Theatre since it opened in October 2003.

Menzel received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut performance as Maureen, in the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit "Rent.” She also earned a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Kate in Manhattan Theater Club's Off-Broadway original musical "The Wild Party.”

Menzel originated the role of Dorothy in "Summer of ‘42” at Goodspeed, appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of "Hair” and starred as Amneris in Broadway's "Aida.” Her other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway, original, buzz-creating productions of "Rent” and "The Vagina Monologues.” Menzel's additional film credits include Summer of Sam, Still a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, Tollbooth and Water.

A skillful songwriter, Menzel writes and performs her own music. Her CD of original music, "HERE,” was independently released on her Zel Records label and produced by Jamey Jaz for Opopp Entertainment. This album includes six original cuts that showcase her dynamic voice. "HERE” is currently available at the Gershwin Theatre and her website www.idinamenzel.com. In 1998, Menzel performed at the Lilith Fair summer concert festival and released her debut album, "Still I Can't Be Still” on Hollywood Records.

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