The singer, actress, songwriter’s credits include stage, film and television performances. In addition to her 2004 Tony for best actress in a musical for Broadway’s “Wicked,” Menzel garnered a nomination from the Drama Desk for the same. She premiered “Wicked” in London’s West End, for which she received a Theatergoers Choice award for best actress in a musical.
Her performance in Ted Sperling’s “See What I Wanna See” brought her Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations in 2006, and she was nominated for the 2000 Drama Desk award, recognizing her role in “The Wild Party.”
The actress appeared in “Aida” on Broadway for four years, and in 2002, she performed as Fanny Brice in a benefit revival concert from “Funny Girl.”
She was nominated for a Tony following her 1996 portrayal of Maureen in the original, 12-year run of Broadway’s production of “Rent.”
Fox’s hit television show, “Glee,” has showcased Menzel for the past two seasons as Shelby Corcoran, the biological mother of starring principal actor, Rachel. As a lead Gleek, Rachel, played by Lea Michelle, learns that the director of a competing high school show choir is the mother who left her at birth. While growing up with her father and his life partner, Rachel has dreamed of finding the woman for years, and is quite certain that her own vocal prowess mimics that of her long-lost mother.
While Rachel aspires to be the next Barbra Streisand, she has performed her own rendition of “I’m the Greatest Star” from the iconic musical, “Funny Girl” several times on the series. When meeting up with Shelby, Rachel’s life-long dream to sing Streisand with her mother comes true, and the two perform a duet.
Menzel has been seen on episodes of ABC’s television series, “Private Practice,” which stars her husband of 10 years, Taye Diggs. Other television appearances have included episodes of “Ellen,” “American Idol,” “Great Performances,” among other series, and she has made the full circuit of talk shows.
Her film credits include Disney’s “Enchanted,” in which she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams. In the film version of “Rent,” she reprised her role as Maureen from the Broadway production. She co-starred opposite Selma Hayek and Colin Farrell in Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust.”
“I am so thrilled to be going back on tour this summer,” the star said. “I am eager to reconnect with my audience, perform my favorite songs and explore some exciting new material.”
In March, Menzel released “Idna Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a CD and DVD, led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Her music ranges from classic pop to musical theater favorites, and includes a fresh spin on contemporary songs. This is the production Dallas audiences will see live June 13.
Tickets for the June 13 concert are available at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.