Tony Award-winning theater actress and singer Idina Menzel is coming to the Philippines for a concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on June 7. Although she continues to have an illustrious career on Broadway, her rendition of “Let It Go,” a song from the Disney animated movie, Frozen,
made her famous worldwide. In her Manila concert, however, expect Idina to perfrom more incredible renditions of original and Broadway songs.
Born to a Jewish family, Menzel was born in Syosset, New York to Helena and Stuart Menzel. Idina’s mother worked as a therapist, while her father worked as a salesman.
After her parents divorced when she was 15 years old, she started showcasing her singing talent by working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer while studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Her Broadway career
Menzel then auditioned and landed a part in the Broadway musical Rent
in 1995, playing the role of Maureen Johnson. For her performance, she earned her first-ever Tony nomination for best Leading Actress in a musical.
Her breakthrough performance was in Wicked
in 2003, which earned her a Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a musical for her role as Elphaba. Menzel’s latest Broadway musical, If/Then,
wherein she plays the lead role of Elizabeth, was also critically acclaimed, giving her another Tony nomination for her performance.
Her career as a singer and actress
Despite making her mark as a Broadway performer, Menzel also has four studio albums to boot, from her 1998 debut Still, I Can’t be Still
to her latest album Holiday Wishes
, which was released last year and debuted as #1 at the Billboard Holiday Albums Chart. Aside from being a recording artist, Menzel also had recurring guest appearances in the television series Glee, and also appeared in the movie Enchanted as Nancy Tremaine.
Her hit songs
A lot of us know Menzel for her rendition of “Let it Go”
, but here are Menzel’s other notable songs:
Defying Gravity (from Wicked):
Baby, it’s Cold Outside (with Michael Buble):
For tickets to her show, visit SM Tickets