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In N.Y., 'Wicked' Actress Suffers a Nasty Fall

Associated Press
Monday, January 10, 2005; Page C04

NEW YORK -- Idina Menzel, the Tony-winning star of "Wicked," fell through a trap door during Saturday's matinee of the Broadway musical and cracked a lower rib.

The show was halted for about 45 minutes as Menzel's understudy, Shoshana Bean, prepared to go on. Yesterday was supposed to have been Mendel's last performance after a more than 16-month run in the show.

The accident occurred near the end of the performance at the Gershwin Theatre, during what's known as "the melting sequence." A trap door opened and Menzel fell into it.

Menzel, who won the 2004 Tony Award for best actress in a musical for her performance, will soon begin filming the movie version of "Rent." She'll play the role of Maureen, the same part she had in the original Broadway production.

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