About Us

Kim

[2004-2008]


Me and Idina – 3/21/05

from San Fransisco Bay Area, CA (hella, yo!)

How long have I been a fan of Idina?

Hardcore since Summer 2003 — I first heard of the musical Rent in 1999 when it had one of it’s tours in the Bay Area, but I didn’t see or hear the music until I saw the touring company in 2001 (my birthday present!) – From then on, I began to grow a deep love and respect for theater and music. I fell in love with the entire Rent original Broadway cast from the recording, particularly Idina.

Have I ever seen Idina perform live?

Yep, I saw Wicked twice in New York at the Gershwin while Idina was still performing (I stupidly procrastinated getting tickets to the premiere in SF, so I didn’t get to see it there.) I’m hoping to see Idina again if/when she does a concert here on the West Coast (or if I can get my butt over to New York while something’s going on.)

Have I ever met Idina in person?

Yes, while she was filming Rent in San Francisco back in March 2005, I visited the set and was able to talk to her for a little while — Idina was kind enough to take pictures and sign some things for my friends and I, and it was a great “first meeting” experience.

Click here to read more about my first “Meeting Idina” story

Favorite Idina Show

Definitely The Wild Party, as far as music goes. I really am a fan of darker, passionate shows, and that particular show has such a remarkable cast with vocals that surpass anything I’ve ever heard. Wicked is the only show I’ve seen Idina perform in live, and it really holds a special place in my heart, being the first Broadway show I ever saw. And as Joe Mantello said on her final night in the show, she really will be remembered in history for that remarkable role. But she continues to take part in shows that impress her audiences and build her skills, so I can hardly secure a favorite since she keeps bringing something new to the table.

Favorite Idina Song

I’m a fan of Idina’s original music, particularly the soothing intimate songs on her “Here” album — personal favorites include “If I Told You” for it’s incredible lyrics, and “You’d Be Surprised” for the powerful and emotional vocals. As far as theatre tunes go, there is no denying her astounding singing in “Defying Gravity” in Wicked — But my all-time favorite is her rendition of the Funny Girl tune “Cornet Man” that she sang at a benefit concert in 2002. The fluidity of her belting and the sexiness in her attitude really show off her incredible talent.

Anything else?

Well, I have a twin sister, Stacy, who is equally the theater/film lover that I am — I’m a Film Studies/Screenwriting major at a University near Los Angeles, and I have dreams of adapting Lippa’s The Wild Party for the Silver Screen (what a masterpiece that could be.) — I was involved in theater through High School, and now continue to study it (and of course, get some good, healthy obsessions from it :])

I’m a total film geek, and I’ve seen an incredible amount of movies, of ALL genres. I love classic Hollywood films, in particular, and I think modern filmmakers can learn a lot from those “old black & white pictures”. I also love collecting movies, as well as collecting autographs (a gallery of my collection can be found here.) — Um… I love food. :) Sleep. All the other procrastinating tools that college students thrive on.

Alright, enough about me. I’m not too interesting, but… If you have any questions? Comments? (Concerns?) Whatever! — You can e-mail me at kim[at]idina-here.com :)

Erin

[2008-2011]


Me and Idina – 8/14/08
Hello! I’m Erin, and I’ve been lucky enough to inherit this great site from Kim! Here’s some info about me:

from North Dakota, but a current resident of New York

How long have I been a fan of Idina?

Since 2007! I was always a fan of The Wizard of Oz, and a friend of mine recommended I read Wicked, which led to discovering the musical, and in turn, Idina.

Have I ever seen Idina perform live?

Yes! I’ve seen Idina many many times.

Have I ever met Idina in person?

Yes, many times on her “I Stand” concert tour I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Idina backstage after her concerts. She’s the sweetest, most gracious artist I’ve ever met.

Favorite Idina Show

Hard to say for certain as I’ve never seen her in any show, but I have an inkling that See What I Wanna See would be my favorite, if I’d had the fortune of seeing it back in 2005. The music is crazy great, and I love that Idina plays so many characters in it, and portrays them all so very well. I’m so happy to have FINALLY seen her in a show – I attended opening night of If/Then on March 30, 2014!

Favorite Idina Song

I think the oldies “Jealous” and “It Only Hurts When I Breathe” qualify as my truest favorite Idina songs. There’s no watering down the emotion in those songs – it’s pure, raw feelings and I admire her ability to be brave enough to share those intense emotions with the public.

Anything else?

I’ve departed this site because in 2011, Idina personally retained me to assume control of IdinaMenzel.com. I now maintain her website and social media channels and coach her on Twitter.

Should you ever need anything, you can find me on Twitter – @veronicamae

Jill

[2011-2014]


Idina & I – March 2009
Hello! I’m Jill and I’m now helping out here!

from Cincinnati, OH

How long have I been a fan of Idina?

I first really took notice of Idina back in the fall of 2000. A college roommate took me to see a touring production of RENT and that spurred my love of musical theatre. Many, many trips back and forth between school and home were spent in the car listening to that cast recording. And then I eventually took interest in that Maureen chick, because she always stuck out to me for some reason. That of course led to discovering her own music, as well as Wicked and the other shows she has been in over the years.

Have I ever seen Idina perform live?

I have! I’ve been lucky to see her several times in concert since she started touring in 2008, although I haven’t been lucky enough to see her acting in a show/musical yet. One day!

Have I ever met Idina in person?

I have also been lucky enough to meet her a few times. Like the others have said, she really is the sweetest person who gives you her full attention in a meet & greet.

Favorite Idina Show

This is a tough question….I think I’d have to choose See What I Wanna See. I love the music and the storyline…basically everything. The Wild Party is a very close second though.

Favorite Idina Song

Still I Can’t Be Still and Think Too Much have always been two of my favorites, and so has Rise Up and Jealous. I love Idina’s music because I feel like I can connect with so many of the lyrics.

Anything else?

Well, I’m not very good at choosing ONE favorite of anything, huh? LOL Well, let’s see for my real-life job I work in the library world and I have the cutest puppy ever named Ruby. She is a Yorkie/Maltese mix and I bet she and Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. would make a really cute boyfriend-girlfriend couple!

I’m going to do my best to live up to the level that Erin and Kim have already set. As corny as it may sound, Idina is truly my idol and it means a lot to me that Erin chose me to continue this amazing site. Feel free to email me about anything at Jill[at]idina-here.com.

Flor

[2014-2015]

from Argentina

How long have I been a fan of Idina?

Since late 2007, early 2008. Somehow watching Pushing Daisies led to discovering Wicked and from there to becoming a fan in no time.

Have I ever seen Idina perform live?

I can finally answer YES to this question! I went to NY in September 2014 and saw her perform on If/Then. Definitely a dream come true. Current dream is seeing her on tour! (Come to Argentina, Idina!)

Have I ever met Idina in person?

Yes! While I was in NY I got the chance to meet Idina backstage after the show. She was incredibly sweet and gracious and I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to meet me. Also thankful for her and Joby’s patience with my non-functioning camera. Oops.

Favorite Idina Show

I want to say If/Then because it was the one I saw live, but I really love See What I Wanna See. And Wicked, because it’s how I discovered Idina.

Favorite Idina Song

Can I refuse to answer this question? It’s so hard! It really changes all the time, though I do have a preference for her older songs. Penny, It Only Hurts When I Breathe; Rise Up and My Own Worst Enemy of the “newer” ones. Brave was also the first Idina song that I listened to (yes, I remember) so that one is close to my heart too.

Anything else?

Just that I’m very proud to have been a part of Idina-Here and while my time as webmaster is over, it has been a lot of fun and I hope to be able to keep helping anyway I can!

Heather

[2015-?]

from Pittsburgh, PA

How long have I been a fan of Idina?

Since 2010! I saw Wicked and LOVED it, so I bought the OBC and was so intrigued by her voice. I’d known of her for many years, and knew basic facts, but hadn’t really ever heard her sing.

Have I ever seen Idina perform live?

I have! I saw her a couple of times during her Symphony tour and saw If/Then 7 times! I have several shows planned for her World Tour, too! I love road trips, especially paired with concerts and Broadway musicals!

Have I ever met Idina in person?

Sadly, I’ve never actually met her, but I have gotten stuff signed at the stage door.

Favorite Idina Show

I’m a total cliché! Wicked! I probably listened to that album for a year straight and all these years later, I’m still not tired of it. But If/Then also really clicked with me, and it was the first time I saw her perform on Broadway, so it’s a special show for me. I saw it in previews in Washington DC and also went to the last show, which was amazing. Being inside the Richard Rodgers that day is something I’ll never forget.

Favorite Idina Song

I can’t choose just one, so I’ll narrow it down to God Save My Soul, Better To Have Loved, & My Own Worst Enemy. I need her to include God Save My Soul on an album! haha I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve through her music.

Anything else?

Hmm, I’m excited about Idina’s upwards trajectory and all the success she’s had over the past few years. I’m excited to be part of the IH team and keep fans updated on everything Idina! Also, I’m a twin and I’m super proud of the fact that I converted my twin into a huge fan when I made her go with me to my first Idina concert a couple of hours away in Ohio!