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Tony Award® winner IDINA MENZEL (Nancy Tremaine) has a diverse career that spans the stage, film and music. Idina is a powerhouse of talent who constantly amazes audiences with her strong, emotional performances.

A skillful songwriter, Menzel writes and performs her own music. She has just completed work on her solo album produced by Glen Ballard for her record label, Warner Bros. Records, and is gearing up for its release in January 2008. In addition, Menzel recorded the end credit song, written by Glen Ballard, for Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf ” which is due out this November, starring Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins.

Menzel was most recently seen in Robert Towne's "Ask the Dust,” opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. In this film adaptation of John Fante's Depression-era novel, Menzel played Vera, who harbors an unrequited love for Farrell's Arturo. Menzel was seen in November 2005, in director Chris Columbus' film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning musical "Rent,” in which she reprises Maureen, the role she originated on the Broadway stage.

Menzel completed her Tony Award®-winning performance (Lead Actress in a Musical), in "Wicked” in December, 2005, and later reprised her role as Elphaba in the London production for which she received the Theatregoers Choice Award. Helmed by Tony Award®-winning director Joe Mantello, "Wicked” played to packed audiences at the Gershwin Theatre. During this run, Menzel was nominated for every prize that the theatre community awards. In addition, the West End production had the distinction of breaking all weekly boxoffice records during her run.

In fall of 2005, the actress starred in Michael John LaChiusa's off-Broadway musical "See What I Wanna See,” directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater. For her role as various characters, she received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. Menzel received a Tony® nomination for her Broadway debut performance as Maureen in the original production of the 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.”

She 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, buzzcreating production of "Rent” and "The Vagina Monologues.”


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