Tony winner Idina Menzel will be landing in New York City sooner than we thought! Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's forthcoming Broadway musical If/Then, starring Menzel, will receive a developmental workshop from April 1 through 8 in New York City. Directed by Michael Greif, the reading will feature musical direction by Carmel Dean.
As previously announced, If/Then is scheduled to premiere in a pre-Broadway engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on November 5, with an official opening night on November 24. The production will then head to Broadway on March 4, 2014, with opening night set for March 27 at a yet-to-be-announced Nederlander Theatre.
If/Then features music by Kitt and a book and lyrics by Yorkey. The musical tells the story of Elizabeth (Menzel), who moves to New York City for a fresh start—a new home, new friends and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decisions impact her world in ways she never dreamed possible. Set in modern-day Manhattan, If/Then is a new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout.
Menzel earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked, and an additional nomination for the role of Maureen Johnson in Rent. She also starred in Aida on Broadway. Her film and TV credits include Enchanted, Glee, Beowulf, Ask the Dust, Private Practice, the PBS broadcast of Chess in Concert and the 2005 movie adaptation of Rent. Her solo albums include Barefoot at the Symphony (a companion to her PBS special of the same name), I Stand, Here and Still I Can’t Be Still.
See Menzel sing the bittersweet song “Learn to Live Without” from the new musical If/Then below!