Rent Saved Menzel From Life As A Cheap Party Singer

Actress IDINA MENZEL has a special place in her heart for musical RENT - it saved her from a life as a slutty teenage Bar Mitzvah singer.

Menzel was a real-life struggling singer when she landed the role of wannabe star MAUREEN in the hit Broadway show a decade ago, and now she has reprised her beloved character for a movie adaptation.

And she fears that if Rent hadn't come along she'd still be performing at Jewish parties.

She says, "When I was 15 I started becoming a Bar Mitzvah and wedding singer all over the Long Island area. I was illegally driving around in a car to get these gigs so I could make some money.

"I'd get, like, $100 for a Bar Mitzvah. I lied and said I was 18 so the bands would hire me.

"I'm this underage girl in my little, slutty, black sequin dress with all these older guys in the band. Some weekends I'd do really well and pay the rent and other days I'd struggle.

"I auditioned for Rent during my slow time and the show took off, so my last job was December 1995 New Years Eve, singing I'M SO EXCITED to bring in the New Year."

Menzel has another reason to be fond of Rent - she met her husband TAYE DIGGS in the show.


Tags: Idina Menzel - Taye Diggs


More Idina Menzel

Frozen to Get a Sequel, in Book Form Anyway

Fans of Frozen rejoice! Looks like there's plenty more adventures in store for the characters from the animated blockbuster. Publishing company Random House has announced...

All The Things We Have ‘Frozen’ To Thank (Or Blame) For

Frozen is the movie phenomenon no one could have realistically predicted. Since the film’s release, Frozen fever has seemingly taken over the world, no one...

What’s Next For Anna Faith Carlson, The Real Life Elsa From ‘Frozen’

If you’re looking for a real life version of Elsa from Frozen, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone better than Anna Faith Carlson. The...

Florida Teen Is A Dead-Ringer For Frozen's Princess Elsa...And She Has A Sister!

A Florida teen has become an internet sensation after sharing a photo of herself dressed as Disney's Frozen princess, Elsa, via Instagram. 18 year-old Anna...


Who Is Anna Faith Carlson, The Real Life Elsa From 'Frozen'?

We think everyone can agree when we say that Disney’s Frozen has been pretty successful. Since its release in 2013 it’s earned around $1.2 billion...

Idina Menzel - You Learn to Live Without Video

Idina Menzel unveils the single 'You Learn To Live Without', a track taken from the Broadway musical 'If/Then'. Idina made a hugely praised appearance in...

Super Exciting Musical News: More A-Listers Added To The Tonys 2014 Line-Up

Tony’s, Tony’s, Tonyyyy’s! Cue life affirming musical montage.It’s almost time for the 2014 Tony Awards! Has it been that long since last year’s? Well, yes....

Tony Awards 2014: What We Know About The Award Ceremony So Far

The Tony Awards always promises to be a night of drama, stirring songs and as many celebrities as it is physically possible to pack into...



Idina Menzel Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Idina Menzel

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All