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Gig was weddings before Rent called; Menzel's big voice 'discovered' at age 5 Witch role in Wicked made her a star
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Ouzounian, Richard
Date: Nov 29, 2005
Start Page: C.07
Section: Entertainment
Abstract (Document Summary)

While other kids were working as camp counsellors or pushing sandwiches at the local deli, [Idina Menzel] tarted herself up in a black cocktail dress and sang for her supper.

Jonathan Larson, the show's author, knew that Menzel's big Act II duet wasn't right, but he kept saying, "I want to get to know your voice better before I write something for you."

Idina Menzel in her two big roles as [Maureen], cavorting with Tracie Thoms (top photo) in Rent, and as green-skinned Elphaba (left photo, with co-star Kristin Chenoweth) in the Broadway smash Wicked.

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