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Idina Menzel refuses to be still

Web posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 1998 12:34:18 PM

From Correspondent Bill Tush

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Idina Menzel has come a long way since her days as a wedding singer. She came out of nowhere, sizzling on Broadway as the sex kitten in the sleeper hit "Rent." And now she's singing her own songs on her debut album.

As she attains each new dream, Menzel proves that she is a woman constantly seeking the fast track to success.

In fact, her first album is titled "Still I Can't Be Still."

"It's a take on all the meanings of the word 'still,'" Menzel says. "Still, meaning serenity, calmness; and still, meaning more to come. And I think that it really stemmed from the fact that there were all these wonderful things happening for me while I was in 'Rent,' and then given the opportunity to make my album. And I was constantly unsatisfied, and through that stemmed probably a lot of the emotion in many of the songs."

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Power couple on the rise

The first single off the album is called "Minuet."

"'Minuet' is a song about my boyfriend, but it's a song about the graceful dance between the sound of one's heartbeat and their breath at one time," Menzel says.

Menzel's boyfriend is Taye Diggs, her co-star in "Rent" and star of the film "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." While he was shooting his first film, she was recording her first album.

"It feels like we're on the right path," Menzel says. "It feels like it was meant to be, the relationship, the career decisions, everything."

Menzel in the studio

Getting closer

But don't think Menzel's success in her career and personal life will slow her down.

"A year ago I think I was quoted in some playbill article saying, 'What do you want to do in a year?' and I said, 'I'd like to be on a bus, opening for Lenny Kravitz," Menzel says. "I didn't get the Lenny Kravitz gig, I think he's in Europe doing something else -- but somebody like (Kravitz)" is what she aspires to, she says. "So I was at Lilith Fair and I was in a van, and I think I'm getting closer and closer to that goal."

And she won't be still until she achieves it.

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