Idina Menzel‘s voice has appeared in several Broadway musicals, movies and has even had a few albums — so is it possible that she can flub an audition?
The answer: Yes.
The Tony Award-winning actress and singer revealed during an interview with Vogue that she prepared extensively for the role of Elphaba in Wicked, but it went haywire during her audition.
“I learned ‘Defying Gravity’ and I was so excited to do it because I just fell in love with the song, and it would make me cry at home all the time,” she said.
“I practiced the really high note, and I got to that part, where you go, ‘You won’t bring me down,'” she continued. “And I was singing beautifully the whole time, then I got to, ‘You won’t bring me,’ and I choked.”
Menzel, 46, didn’t let the mistake get to her, even though she admitted she “wanted it, so badly” and continued on with her audition.
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“I just said the F word so loud at the top of my lungs, and I looked at the accompanist, like ‘Don’t you start to play on or cut me off,’ and then I took a deep breath and I went: ‘Me.’ And I just nailed it!”
She continued with the story, saying that the show’s director, Joe Mantello, later told her that was when she won the role.
“He thought I was so evil and witchy,” Menzel recalls, laughing.
Wicked earned Menzel her first Tony award in 2004. Since then, she’s been nominated for a Tony once more, for 2014’s If/Then. She has a previous Tony nomination for Rent, and has sung in the Disney hit Frozen, where she breathed life into Elsa.