Began performing at weddings and bar mitzvahs in high school before moving on to participating in rock bands while attending college in New York.
Met former husband, Taye Diggs, while both were performing in the original run of Rent on Broadway.
Released her debut solo album, Still I Can't Be Still, in 1998.
Suffered cracked ribs from a fall through a trap door the day before what was slated to be her last Broadway performance as Elphaba in Wicked. Unable to perform the show, she came on stage at the end of the night to sing her last song, receiving a five-minute ovation.
Continues to train with the same voice coach she has studied with since college.
2014, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
2004, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
1996, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
Aaron Lohr — Husband
Taye Diggs — Ex-husband
Stuart Mentzel — Father
Walker Nathaniel Diggs — Son
Cara — Sister
Helene Mentzel — Mother
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Drama, 1993)