Post by Sweet Meat aka CC on Jan 10, 2005 19:52:34 GMT -5
Taye Diggs' Wife Injured in Stage Fall
Broadway star Idina Menzel, the wife of Kevin Hill star Taye Diggs, cracked her lower rib when she fell through a trap door during Saturday’s matinee of the Broadway musical “Wicked.”
The mishap occurred near the end of the performance at the Gershwin Theatre during what's known as "the melting sequence." In the scene, a trap door opens and an elevator that was to have lowered Menzel had already partially descended, causing the actress to fall.
The show, a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," stopped cold for about 45 minutes while Menzel's understudy, Shoshana Bean, prepared to go on as the green-skinned Elphaba. Bean continued in the role during Saturday’s evening performance and Sunday’s matinee, which was to have been Menzel's last performance after a more than 16-month run in the show.
"Wicked," based on Gregory Maguire's cult novel, tells the story of two young witches-to-be, one green and brooding, played by Menzel, and the other blond and bubbly, portrayed by Jennifer Laura Thompson.
Menzel, who won the 2004 actress-musical Tony for her performance, will soon begin filming the movie version of "Rent," in which she will recreate the role of Maureen, the part she played in the original Broadway production alongside Diggs.
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