If/then Reviews

blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 04:04pm
AMNY gives it 3 out of 4 stars

As one of the few new musicals not based on a familiar film or pop song catalog (or anything else for that matter), "If/Then" certainly is a breath of fresh air. And despite nagging issues with its overall concept and divided story lines, it is a smart, romantic piece with a well-crafted soft rock score and great performances all around.

http://www.amny.com/entertainment/theater-review-if-then-3-stars-1.7550787

Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
Updated On: 3/30/14 at 04:04 PM
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 04:16pm
I missed the earlier thread, sorry.
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
EvanK
Featured Actor
joined:12/18/07
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:06pm
Well since this is the only thread with a review in it, let's go with this!!

Not the best review of a show in terms of the writing or depth, but a good start for If/Then
Simon Damon
Stand-by
joined:2/26/14
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:10pm
okay fair enough LOL
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:17pm
What are we expecting for this show? Positive to mixed? Haven't been keeping up with it during previews.
Scarywarhol
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/04
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:21pm
I feel like every reaction to this show I've heard of has been respectable, but weirdly grey and tepid.

Updated On: 3/30/14 at 06:21 PM
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:25pm
It will not matter until God posts his review.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:27pm

Only one review so far (positive) but the link shows 12 production photographs
If/Then Reviews: Idina Menzel Returns to Broadway

promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:28pm
"I feel like every reaction to this show I've heard of has been respectable, but weirdly grey and tepid."

Agreed. Everyone loves the fact that it's an original score and no one can deny that every person has been singing their face off and acting incredible, but I think it's grey in the area of the actual book and storyline. I'm super interested in these reviews!
SomeOtherMe
Understudy
joined:3/12/14
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:28pm
I'd imagine it will receive mostly mixed to positive reviews. I can't imagine this getting completely panned but realistically, I doubt it will get raves across the board. We'll see. I'm hoping for the best.
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:29pm
Matthew is mixed to negative Like his own life.

It’s no great secret that, of the many choices we encounter during our everyday lives, some are monumental, some are miniscule, and it’s often all but impossible to tell which are which. So why does If/Then, which just opened at the Richard Rodgers, behave as though this is the most profound revelation of our age? If Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s new musical spent as much time breaking new ground as it does pacing about the familiar, this impressively average show could be very good indeed.

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/world/index.html

Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
Updated On: 3/30/14 at 06:29 PM
ShakinBaconGirl
Featured Actor
joined:3/25/14
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:30pm
I'm Predicting a Rave from THE TIMES but ultimately Mixed reviews, except for Idina who will get mostly Raves.

Updated On: 3/30/14 at 06:30 PM
Simon Damon
Stand-by
joined:2/26/14
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:33pm
I just wonder if they took it to another out of town engagement what would of happened
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:33pm
I'm Predicting a Rave from THE TIMES but ultimately Mixed reviews, except for Idina who will get mostly Raves.

Ok, you go girl.

Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
Updated On: 3/30/14 at 06:33 PM
jdrye222
Featured Actor
joined:5/28/11
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:45pm
I saw the show... and I think the reviews will be completely negative, with exceptions to the performances of LaChanze and Menzel.
I thought it was some of the worst directing I've ever seen... and the show has no emotional core. The score, also, is just nothing. I saw it a week after seeing BRIDGES and it was just a different league of songwriting talent. I couldn't believe how boring and tuneless the songs were. And pointless - they never landed at moments that emotionally required a song.
I can't see how this will get good reviews.
YouWantitWhen????
Broadway Legend
joined:7/16/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 06:47pm
I wonder if the perception of the show may break down a bit by gender lines?
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djdan1079
Chorus Member
joined:3/20/12
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:00pm
YouWantItWhen- I mentioned as much in my observations on another thread. My female friend who was at the show with me loved it. I was just left cold by the whole thing. The women in the audience when I was there seemed to "get it"
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:02pm
^I'm a super emotional female (I cry at ANYTHING) but I didn't get teary eyed ONCE during If/Then (both times I saw it). There was no connection to ANY character for me and I felt like the writing didn't let you get involved with the characters at all. I hate this whole "gender" thing (I'm a psych/sociology major). That being said, people get emotionally involved with things mostly from their own experiences, and I simply could not identify with any of them.
SarahNYC
Understudy
joined:5/15/07
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:03pm
Based on Brantley's facial reactions and general discomfort at the performance I was at (he was seated directly in my eye-line) I would be SHOCKED if it was a rave. It's not going to be a good review or, if it is, then I will say that he has the best poker face I've ever seen in my life!!!!
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:05pm
Promises, I feel exactly the same way. It was choppy, confusing, and I felt no connection to any character. But maybe it's better now since the first preview when I saw it.
nomore.org
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:05pm
Oh Oh.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
YouWantitWhen????
Broadway Legend
joined:7/16/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:06pm
I have heard a few songs and loved them. I will be seeing it in May hopefully. But, the one thing I have uniformly heard through previews is that Idina is selling this show. I hope she somehow negotiated some percentage of the BO (if that is even possible in theater). Because, if the reviews are not great, she will be the selling point.

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Updated On: 3/30/14 at 07:06 PM
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:08pm
I think she's always been the selling point, and will continue to be, despite the reviews.
nomore.org
jdrye222
Featured Actor
joined:5/28/11
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:08pm
Yes that is certainly possible in theater --- many "stars" negotiate a weekly guaranteed salary (sometimes considerably lower than what they might ask without a box office percentage) and a profit share from box office. This is usually preferred for producers because it can prevent them from having a star salary sink a show that isn't doing so great.
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:10pm
I think she's always been the selling point, and will continue to be, despite the reviews.

They still need the reviews and awards, unless she expects to be there for a long long time.
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
YouWantitWhen????
Broadway Legend
joined:7/16/05
If/then Reviews
Posted: 3/30/14 at 07:10pm
Thanks. I knew it was common in movies, but not sure about theater.
<---------- No kids, no man, but I have some great pussies! And, If you're lucky, you too can call me Your Sassy Hagness.

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