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Tony-nominee Menzel happy to be home on Broadway

by John Carucci
Saturday Jun 7, 2014
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This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
This March 2, 2014 file photo shows Idina Menzel performing during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles  (Source:Associated Press)

After taking a break from the Broadway stage, Idina Menzel found much success.

Her voice starred in the highly successful Disney film "Frozen" and she had a No. 1 hit with the song "Let It Go." And she even got to perform the award-winner at this year’s Academy Awards.

But with the exception of being the mother of a 4-year old, it’s returning to the stage that matters most for Menzel, who won a Tony in 2004 for "Wicked."

"It’s all been life-changing and extraordinary - but my home is the theater and being back in New York, and being in the Broadway community is - this is the pinnacle of that," she said.

"No matter how amazing the Oscars and the success of ’Frozen’ and all of that is - and believe me, I don’t mean to underplay it. But my home has always been Broadway, and I waited a long time to come back and I’m back with something that moves me and had changed me as a person in the way I see it."

Menzel said it was "an amazing experience" to be involved in the development of her new musical, "If/Then," especially when it reunites her with "Wicked" producer David Stone, "Rent" director Michael Greif and "Rent" co-star Anthony Rapp.

"It’s been an incredible honor to be surrounded by such talent," Menzel said.

Their collaboration led to a new Tony nomination for her performance. "It’s an honor to be here and represent the show and to celebrate it," she said.

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