New York City-based singer and actress Idina Menzel is one of the world’s most talented performers. She rose to prominence in the mid-1990s when she played the role of Maureen Johnson in the musical Rent. She won a Tony Award in 2004 for her performance as Elphaba in the musical Wicked. Her most recent Broadway role, in If/Then, earned her another Tony Award nomination. Now, she is in the middle of a world tour, bringing the music she’s performed for the past 20 years to the stage in an awe-inspiring concert performance.
Idina Menzel will perform three concert dates in Florida. The first will be at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando on Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. She will go on to perform in Boca Raton at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, July 26 at 8 p.m., with Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater hosting her final Florida performance on Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
ABOUT IDINA MENZEL
Menzel is a New York native who was interested in singing from a young age. She started working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer at the age of 15, while she was attending Syosset High School. She continued singing at weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs while she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
In 1995, at the age of 24, she auditioned for a then-new musical called Rent. She won the role of Maureen Johnson, which would be her Broadway debut. Originally an off-Broadway production, the show quickly moved to the Broadway stage, where it became one of the most popular musicals of the decade. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance, and continued in the role through July 1997.
After leaving the production of Rent, she recorded her first album, Still I Can’t Be Still, which was released in 1998. She appeared on Broadway as Amneris in Aida, and she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance in the off-Broadway production The Wild Party. From 2003 to 2005, she appeared as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the musical Wicked. She won her first Tony Award as a result of playing this role. Also in 2005, she appeared as Maureen in the film version of Rent, which was a worldwide success.
She went on to earn another Drama Desk Award nomination for her role in See What I Wanna See. Afterwards, she reprised her role as Elphaba in Wicked, this time in London’s West End. During her four-month stint in 2006, she was the highest-paid female performer in the West End (at that time), earning $30,000 per week. She would continue to release albums as well, with her offerings Here (2004) and I Stand (2008) being particularly well-received.
In 2010, she began a recurring role on the television series Glee, playing the mother of Lea Michele’s character Rachel Berry. She also voiced characters in two Disney movies: Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted (2007) and Queen Elsa in Frozen (2013). The single “Let It Go,” from the Frozen soundtrack, became a pop crossover hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. From March 2014 to March 2015, she starred in the Broadway musical If/Then. She was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance.
Tickets are currently sold out for Idina Menzel’s performance in Orlando, but tickets are still available for her performances in Boca Raton and Clearwater. Prices start at $51.50 per person for her Boca Raton performance and $58.75 per person for her Clearwater performance. You can buy your tickets online by going to idinamenzel.com/tour. You can also buy your tickets at the venues’ box offices (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; and 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, respectively).
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