Idina Kim Menzel (; née Mentzel; born May 30, 1971) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A winner of one Tony Award, and a nominee for two more, Menzel is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and signature belting technique. Achieving success in stage and screen, she is one of the most prolific Broadway performers of her generation.
Menzel rose to prominence as a stage actress when she played Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, her Broadway debut. Her performance earned her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. After appearing in several smaller-scale stage and Off-Broadway productions, she originated the role of Elphaba Thropp in the Broadway musical Wicked in 2003, a performance for which she received critical acclaim, as well as the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The popularity of Menzel's character earned her a devoted following among theater enthusiasts. She reprised the role in West End productions of the musical until 2006. Menzel returned to Broadway as Elizabeth Vaughan in the 2014 musical If/Then, which earned her a third Tony Award nomination.
In the early 2000s, Menzel began transitioning to television and film roles, reprising her role as Maureen in Rent's film adaptation (2005), and playing the role of Vera Rivkin in the romantic drama film Ask the Dust (2006). She is known for playing Shelby Corcoran on the musical drama-comedy TV series Glee (2010–2013), and a non-singing role as Nancy Tremaine in the musical fantasy film Enchanted (2007). She also voiced Elsa in Disney's 3D computer-animated musical films Frozen (2013), in which she sang the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning song "Let It Go", and Frozen II (2019). "Let It Go" reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Menzel the first Tony Award-winning actress to reach the top 10.As a solo music artist, Menzel has released six studio albums, including Still I Can't Be Still (1998), Here (2004), I Stand (2008), Holiday Wishes (2014), idina. (2016), and Christmas: A Season of Love (2019), with four of them being original albums.