IF/THEN Cast Recording Starring Idina Menzel Is First Billboard Top 20 Debut For Broadway Album Since 1996

IF/THEN Cast Recording Starring Idina Menzel Is First Billboard Top 20 Debut For Broadway Album Since 1996In a stunning debut, the original Broadway cast recording of new musical IF/THEN starring acclaimed Broadway headliner and recognizable FROZEN lead Idina Menzel has cracked the Billboard Top 20.

IF/THEN is now the first Broadway cast recording to break into the Billboard Top 20 in its first week of release since the original cast recording of RENT also peaked at #19 in 1996.

IF/THEN sold 15,000 copies in the week ending June 8, earning it the #19 slot on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

In comparison, RENT moved 43,000 units the week of September 14, 1996.

Incidentally, Idina Menzel also starred in the original cast of RENT and appeared on the original cast recording.

Of note, only RENT, THE BOOK OF MORMON and now IF/THEN have charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 since 1982, when DREAMGIRLS hit #11.

The official synopsis for If/Then is as follows: "On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves back 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."

More information on IF/THEN is available at the official site here.

IF/THEN original Broadway cast recording was released on June 3.

Order the IF/THEN original Broadway cast recording on Amazon here and on iTunes here.

Check out the original article on the matter here.


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