Idina Menzel, defying gravity again Published: November 1, 2013

Idina Menzel knows a thing or two about charmed lives. She is, after all, the original Elphaba, the green-skinned witch of “Wicked,” the megahit Broadway musical that earned her a Tony Award and the adoration of theatergoers young and old who wished for a voice that might, like hers, hit that impossibly high F in Elphaba’s anthem, “Defying Gravity.”

That wasn’t the first spell she cast on Broadway, however. To even the most casual “Rent”-head, she’s known for her socko turn as Maureen, the bisexual baby doll who fills out catsuits and rocks out with girlfriend Joanne to the hormone-stoking harmonies of “Take Me or Leave Me.”

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