Idina Menzel Eying a Broadway Return

According to a Windy City Times interview, Indina Menzel has a few new Broadway projects under consideration.

The actress told the Chicago newspaper that she missed the theater community. My toe is dipped in the water of a few different projects. They are still in the early stage. These are original pieces. To respect the writers, I can’t talk about it really. However I do discuss originating things. When I am invited to the process, it’s an honor. In the past that’s worked for me. One of the things hopefully will have me returning soon to New York.

This year Menzel has toured across the country with “Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.” On July 8 she will appear at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. Menzel’s next project is Frozen, an animated movie with Kristen Bell. The film is due out in 2013.

Menzel auditioned in 1995 for Rent, which was bound for Broadway. She won the Maureen part, a bisexual, outspoken performance artist. Menzel received a Tony nomination for her role. Rent won a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards. Menzel originated Wicked’s Elphaba role in 2003, including the show-stopping “Defying Gravity” performance. She remixed and re-recorded “Gravity” in 2007. The song made the top 5 of Billboard’s Dance Chart. She received great critical acclaim and Tony Award for her Wicked performance.

Menzel has also received two nominations from Drama Desk for her See What I Wanna See and The Wild Party roles at Public Theatre. She also appeared in Funny Girl on Broadway, in an Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues, the 2004 Hair concerts with Actors Fund, 2011 Encores, the 2008 Chess concert version at Royal Albert Hall and much more. Menzel reprised and opened her Wicked starring role in 2006 in London’s West End. Other film credits of Menzel’s including Ask The Dusk by Robert Towne, Rent and Enchanted.

By Julie Harmon On July 4, 2012

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