Big Breaking News! Idina Menzel to Return to Broadway Spring 2014 in If/Then by Next to Normal Team after DC Tryout
Big breaking news!
Idina Menzel will return to Broadway for the first time since winning the Tony Award for Wicked in If/Then, an original Broadway musical which reunites Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), and Michael Greif (director), the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. If/Then is being produced by David Stone, who produced both Wicked and Next to Normal.
If/Then will have its world premiere in a pre-Broadway out-of-town engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., beginning preview performances on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and officially opening on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The production will begin previews on Broadway on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 and will officially open on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced. On-sale dates, performance schedule, and ticket information will be announced shortly. For more information, please visit www.ifthenthemusical.com.
On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible. Set against the ever-shifting landscape of modern day Manhattan, If/Then is a romantic and original new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout.
"Producing Next to Normal was one of the most gratifying experiences of my career, and I am deeply honored to have been working once again with Tom, Brian, and Michael on developing their next Broadway musical," said producer David Stone. "Tom and Brian have written an ambitious, challenging, and very moving musical with a tour-de-force role at its center. I am thrilled to have Idina Menzel, whom I consider one of the most exciting stage talents of our time, leading the company and returning to musical theatre with this production."
"I've experienced the beauty of working on original musicals and was eager to find a project where the material was exciting and new and spoke to my heart. I'm thrilled to have finally found it - an original musical with a complex, flawed, and surprising central character that I cannot wait to bring to life onstage," says Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel. "I have loved collaborating with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey on the creation of this character. And it is such a blessing to be reunited with Michael Greif, who launched my career with Rent, and David Stone, who took such good care of me with Wicked. I am extremely excited about If/Then and very much look forward to returning home to Broadway."
"We started writing If/Then shortly after Next to Normal opened on Broadway, and through all the exciting things that have happened since then, we've been so thrilled to keep coming back to this show, our partnership, and our work with Michael and David - it feels like home," said composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/book writer Brian Yorkey. "And we couldn't ask for a more exciting leading lady than Idina Menzel, whose unbelievable talent, professionalism, humor and spirit have completely infused this character."
IDINA MENZEL recently concluded a highly successful international concert tour with a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall in January. She made her Broadway debut in Pulitzer Prize-winner, Rent, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, and followed that with her Tony Award-winning performance in Wicked, which she subsequently brought to London's West End. Other New York stage work includes See What I Wanna See (Public), The Wild Party (MTC), and Hair (Encores). Menzel is currently working on the Disney animated musical, Frozen, opening in November. She recreated her role in Chris Columbus' film version of Rent, and appeared in movies as varied as Enchanted and Ask the Dust. On television, Menzel recurred over multiple seasons of Glee and has guest-starred in numerous other shows. In addition to cast albums, Menzel's prolific recording career includes solo albums: "Barefoot At the Symphony," a companion to her PBS Special; "I Stand;" "Here;" and "Still I Can't Be Still."
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