Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Wicked Witch's bottom

I finally got around to seeing the film version of Rent last night. Wow, what a trip! The music is terrific, and the characters were great, too. But I got an unexpected bonus. One big reason I wanted to see it is for Idina Menzel, who plays Maureen. After originating the role on Broadway, she went on to originate Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in Wicked. This movie was her first project after leaving that show. At one point, Maureen moons Benny, played by the always terrific Taye Diggs. No, she doesn't have a green bottom.

Fun behind-the-scenes tidbit: Maureen and Benny may be antagonists in Rent, but in real life, Idina and Taye are married. In fact, I believe they first met and became a couple during the original Broadway run of Rent. (I've been corrected! Thanks, Tiff.)

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