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Can you be brave? (with a giveaway!)

Oh my goodness, but I’m excited today.

You know I LOVED Wicked. Ryan and I saw it when we were in New York and were both blown away. I then ran out and got the Wicked soundtrack and we’ve listened to it lots and lots. The kids know all the songs, too.

Then when Enchanted came out, I thought, “there’s something familiar about that lady who’s playing Nancy”. It didn’t come to me right away until someone mentioned that it was Idina Menzel who played Nancy. Then it came to me. She’s Elphaba! Now, when I saw the show, Idina wasn’t playing Elphaba, but she was the original! The Soundtrack Elphaba! The one we sing along to in the car.

Well, she’s not just a fabulous Broadway star and movie actress, folks. Idina Menzel has a new CD out! Take a listen here:

Her song “Brave” is a great one! We all need to take a turn to be brave? And she has such a powerful and strong voice, I really enjoy listening to her. I’m so excited to listen to the whole album.

And now for the fun part!

The One2One network is generously donating a FREE copy of Idina’s new CD “Stand” and an Idina tote bag to one winner! To enter, you will need to tell me in the comments the first role and show that earned Idina a Tony award nomination (before Wicked). You can look here at her website if you need help answering that question. You can also listen to more song clips there.

From the correct answers, I’ll draw a winner’s name and they will receive this great prize! The contest deadline is August 18th (my anniversary, by the way!). To receive extra entries, you could blog about this contest, or send me and my sweet hubby an anniversary card!


  1. She played Maureen in Rent–which someday I hope I will be able to see.

  2. She was nominated for her bi-sexual role in “Rent!” Thanks, Cindi

    I envy her because I always wanted to be a Broadway singing star.

  3. I think she played in “Rent”. My favorite song by her is “Stand”. Thanks!

  4. Answer : show – RENT Role – Maureen

  5. She was cast as Maureen in Rent in 1995.

  6. It was for her role in Rent, thanks for offering this CD, her voice is beautiful =)

  7. Marcia Scurfield

    July 30, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Good thing I checked, because I thought she won a Tony for Maureen in Rent, but according to her website, “her Tony Award winning performance in the musical blockbuster “Wicked” and in the revolutionary “Rent” seems to state that she got Tonys for both Elphaba and Maureen.

  8. Idina was Maureen in Rent in 1995! I love Rent and thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. She played the role of Maureen in Rent.

  10. Maureen in Rent. She reprised her role for the movie also.

  11. oh i just love idina! and seriously, wicked is my favorite! ah. love.
    and she was nominated for playing maureen in rent, another great one. 🙂

  12. She was in RENT, playing Maureen.

  13. well i had to look it up — but her first tony nomination was as maureen in rent. and i love her voice, didn’t know her name, i’m embarrassed to say. but i would LOVE to hear her CD. so fun.

  14. She originated the role of Maureen in Rent.

  15. She played Maureen in Rent. I love her voice! thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Answer: Maureen in Rent in ’95. When I first saw Enchanted I was pretty sure that was Idina but I had to wait until the credits to make sure. BTW, my friend and I were in NYC to see Wicked when they were filming Enchanted and we saw them filming the big song scene in Central Park!!

  17. Kathie Borders

    July 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Maureen in Rent. Thanks for the chance to win. Visit mine at

  18. She played Maureen in RENT on Broadway.

  19. Yep, it was for her role as Maureen in Rent.

    I absolutely love Wicked! I sing along to all of Elphaba’s songs, though I don’t sound anything like Idina 🙂

  20. It was for her role of Maureen in Rent!!!

  21. She got a tony nom for her role in Rent, I’ve seen the movie but not the stage version. Would love to see Wicked!

  22. She was Maureen in Rent.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Just saw her in concert and she was so fab!!


  23. maureen in rent! great giveaway! thanks. kristen


  24. I’d love an Idina Menzel CD! She played Maureen in Rent, as everyone else has already pointed out. By the way, wasn’t I the one who clued you in that Nancy on Enchanted was Idina? We’ve been sort of Wicked obsessed this year in our family, and the kids would love to have more songs to sing to.

  25. She was Maureen in “Rent”- Thank you for the giveaway!

  26. She was Maureen in RENT. Thanks!

  27. Oooh, this would be great! I love discovering new artists to listen to! And she was in Rent…which I didn’t cheat to find out!

  28. Maureen in Rent! i would love to hear her cd!

  29. She played in the Broadway show Rent…

    I would love to have this!

    Thanks for your generosity!

    kjmt42 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

  30. For her role in Rent, she played Maureen is what earned her her nomination. I agree with you she is amazing and I’d love to win this giveaway.

  31. Maureen Johnson in Rent

    We saw Idina in Wicked, Loved her & loved the show. I have the soundtrack on my IPod.

  32. She is really talented, and I believe she played Maureen in Rent. Thanks!

  33. she was nominated for her role as Maureen in Rent. lol. and I love her song “Forever”.
    alexandra dot hancock at gmail dot com

  34. Maureen in Rent.

  35. Rent…Maureen. I loved her in Wicked. I got to actually see it on Broadway with her in it. It was amazing!!

  36. Maureen in Rent was the first. I also got to see her in Wicked on Broadway and it was fantastic!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Oh! I love Idina Menzel. I was excited to see another Idina fan on the Bloggy Giveaways list.

    Of course, she was Maureen in Rent, for which she recieved a Tony nomination. 😉

  38. Her first role was as Maureen in RENT!

  39. She played Maureen in the original cast of Rent and got the Tony nod for that. I missed her in Rent, but caught her in Aida. She was fabulous! And her hubby is a hottie. =}

  40. She played Maureen in Rent. I really want to see Wicked- I loved the book.

  41. Could it be Maureen in Rent? lol I knew that before I saw everyone else’s comments though, honest!

  42. Maureen Johnson in Rent, I actually got to see her too. She deserved every single inch of that Tony award.

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