Actor Taye Diggs' wife Idina Menzel is nursing a cracked rib, after falling though a trap door during the Saturday (08JAN05) matinee of her Broadway musical WICKED.

The show, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, was halted for about 45 minutes while Menzel's understudy, SHOSHANA BEAN, prepared to go on as the green-skinned ELPHABA, according to BOB FENNELL, a spokesman for the musical.

Bean also played the Saturday evening performance and took over duties for yesterday's (09JAN05) matinee, which was to have been Menzel's last performance after a more than 16-month run in the show.

The accident occurred near the end of the performance at the Gershwin Theatre, during what's known as "the melting sequence" where a trap door opens. An elevator that was to have lowered Menzel had already descended about two or three feet, according to the spokesman, causing the actress to fall and hurt her side

Menzel, who won the 2004 actress-musical TONY AWARD for her performance in Wicked, shortly begins filming the movie version of RENT, which she originally starred in on Broadway alongside her husband Diggs.

10/01/2005 03:41