Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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Rent – Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)

For all the success Idina Menzel has enjoyed and many roles she has played and songs she has sung, it's still a joy to revisit her original recording of the show that put her on the map. Almost 20 years after the fact, I still can't listen to Menzel's "Over The Moon" without singing it to myself for the rest of the day. And no matter how many brilliant women I hear sing "Take Me Or Leave Me" in piano bars, Menzel's delivery remains authentic, fresh and unmatched.