I can't believe the first time I heard her/saw her I was completely unimpressed. It was at the Tony's when she won for Wicked and I knew nothing about her, just that I thought that her performance during the telecast was terrible. (And sadly, evem adoring her now, I still think it was the worst performance I've ever seen her give). But thanks to the movie version of Rent, I was introduced to the true wonder and talent of this amazing woman. I have all of her CDs, have copies of Wicked and have watched and listened to everything I can get my hands on of her.
I've loved Broadway since I was a little girl and I've adored shows, but I've never been so enthralled with a single performer from Broadway before. Of course, Idina is so much more. She is awesome!
This blathering comes courtesy of the new musical CDs I'm getting of hers and her performance on Katie Couric's last Today Show.