She was nominated for a Tony for the role (Featured Actress in a Musical). She married Taye Diggs, who first played the role of Benny (and who also played him in the film version), in 2003.
Her album Holiday Wishes was released in 2014 and reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it her highest charting album to date.
When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job which she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.
'As I've grown older, I want to be the kind of person who is courageous, who takes risks.
Menzel rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent.