In honor of her debut as a shady choir director from the rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline on last night’s brilliant and hilarious new Glee, I thought I’d shine the spotlight on Tony winner Idina Menzel. Best known as the original Elphaba from Wicked and her stints in the original cast of Rent and as Taye Diggs wife and baby mama, Menzel made a nice impression romancing Matthew Morrison’s Mr. Shuester and stirring up the drama with Lea Michelle’s Rachel using her student Jesse St. James (Michelle’s Spring Awakening co-star Jonathan Groff) to seduce her. We’ll see how far her machinations go in upcoming episodes. I just hope she gets to belt out a tune soon too.
Menzel has previously appeared in Enchanted, on her husband’s show Private Practice and released a debut solo album, I Stand. With her appearance on Glee, it’s also the perfect time to release her new EP, Idina Menzel, featuring hits from I Stand plus special versions of “Defying Gravity”, “No Day But Today” and “Embraceable You.” For more Idina info, click here and watch her on Glee, Tuesdays on Fox.
Here’s some Idina goodness for you:
“I Stand” (acoustic)
“Defying Gravity” from Wicked at the Tony Awards (with Kristen Chenowith)