TVGuide.com reports that the former Wicked star will play the mother of a patient under the care of Peter (actor Tim Daly). No air date has been announced. Menzel was also seen on episodes of "Kevin Hill," which also starred former Renter Diggs.
Idina Menzel won a Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Elphaba in Wicked; she also opened the London production of that hit musical. Menzel created the role of Maureen in the original Broadway company of Rent, and her other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of Hair, Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party, the Public Theater's See What I Wanna See and the benefit Funny Girl concert. Menzel's film credits include "Ask the Dust," "Rent" and "Enchanted."
"Private Practice," which also co-stars four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, airs on ABC-TV Thursdays at 10 PM ET; check local listings. For more information visit abc.go.com.