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BWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Mar 17, 2016

It's interesting to me that IF/THEN is billed as 'a new musical'. It's the use of the word 'new' that I find puzzling. The concept certainly isn't an original one, having been explored on the big screen in the films Blind Chance (1981) and its sort-of remake, Sliding Doors (1998). And, even though neither of those movies were musicals, they both featured the idea of having their lead traverse optional story lines, with Blind Chance even offering up three different scenarios for its protagonist to experience. But, this show is new in the sense that it explores contemporary trends, with the caveat that some audiences may not find much to identify with, and it features a wonderfully fresh and tuneful score (music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey). All of that just might be enough to make this show worth seeing. Because it does feature a talented cast who have the ability to pull off these roles and the memorable songs provided with considerable conviction. But, the trickery seems a bit cloying at times, and the show does seem to drag at over 2 ½ hours. I guess, like our heroine, Elizabeth, I'm straddling the fence too, at least when it comes to my opinion. (more...)

BWW Review: IF/THEN, In Spite of Wonderful Score and Strong Cast, Confuses Some at Connor PalaceBWW Review: IF/THEN, In Spite of Wonderful Score and Strong Cast, Confuses Some at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Feb 12, 2016

I happened to be in D.C. on November 5, 2013 when IF/THEN opened its preview run. I was fortunate enough to get tickets to opening night. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease) have joined Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN. The tour is now playing at the Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland through Sunday, February 21. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

Tickets on Sale Sunday for IF/THEN at Detroit's Fisher Theatre This SpringTickets on Sale Sunday for IF/THEN at Detroit's Fisher Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The National Tour of IF/THEN, which was named the 'Best Musical of the Year' by New York Magazine, will perform a limited engagement at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, March 29 - April 10, 2016. (more...)

IF/THEN National Tour Coming to Fabulous Fox in MarchIF/THEN National Tour Coming to Fabulous Fox in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre March 15 - 27. (more...)

Jackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join IF/THEN Tour Tomorrow in DallasJackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join IF/THEN Tour Tomorrow in Dallas
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray(American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, starting tomorrow,Wednesday, January 27 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. (more...)

Tickets to IF/THEN National Tour at Orpheum Theatre on Sale FridayTickets to IF/THEN National Tour at Orpheum Theatre on Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that tickets for the Minneapolis debut of the national tour of If/Then, named the "Best Musical of the Year" by New York Magazine, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Talks IF/THEN in Los AngelesSTAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Talks IF/THEN in Los Angeles
by Stage Tube - Dec 17, 2015

The L.A. Premiere engagement of IF/THEN, starring Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee), began performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 8, 2015 for a limited four-week engagement through January 3, 2016. Menzel recently stopped by FOX 11 Los Angeles to talk about the show. Click below to watch her interview! (more...)

BWW Review: Tony Winner Idina Menzel Leads National Tour of IF/THEN in Los AngelesBWW Review: Tony Winner Idina Menzel Leads National Tour of IF/THEN in Los Angeles
by Michael L. Quintos - Dec 14, 2015

As expected, Tony Award winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel drew thunderous applause a mere second into the the start of IF/THEN's opening night performance at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre last Wednesday night. It's no stretch then to say that her mere existence in this very same role she herself originated in the original Broadway production seems, above everything else, to be the immediate draw to the recently launched national tour now on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a four week engagement through January 3, 2016. The bonus? She is joined onstage by her original co-stars LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, and James Snyder! (more...)

Photo Flash: Red Carpet Arrivals of IF/THEN National Tour at Pantages - Obba Babatunde, Lacey Chabert, Tracie Thoms and More!Photo Flash: Red Carpet Arrivals of IF/THEN National Tour at Pantages - Obba Babatunde, Lacey Chabert, Tracie Thoms and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Producer David Stone and the Nederlander Organization present the L.A. Premiere engagement of IF/THEN starring Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee), opening at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 8, 2015 for a limited four-week engagement through January 3, 2016.  Check out the red carpet arrivals below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Always Starting Over! IF/THEN's Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, LaChanze & James Snyder Take Opening Bows in Los AngelesPhoto Flash: Always Starting Over! IF/THEN's Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, LaChanze & James Snyder Take Opening Bows in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The L.A. Premiere engagement of IF/THEN, starring Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel(Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee), began performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 8, 2015 for a limited four-week engagement through January 3, 2016. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night bows, featuring Idina Menzel and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tracie Thoms, Barrett Foa and More Walk the Red Carpet for IF/THEN's L.A. OpeningPhoto Flash: Tracie Thoms, Barrett Foa and More Walk the Red Carpet for IF/THEN's L.A. Opening
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The L.A. Premiere engagement of IF/THEN, starring Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel(Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee), began performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 8, 2015 for a limited four-week engagement through January 3, 2016. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry opening night red carpet below! (more...)

Original Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in MinneapolisOriginal Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in Minneapolis
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Chicago native and Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, playing Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a limited two-week engagement February 23, 2016 - March 6, 2016. (more...)

Original Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in ChicagoOriginal Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Chicago native and Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, playing Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a limited two-week engagement February 23, 2016 - March 6, 2016. (more...)

Original Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour at PPACOriginal Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, starting Wednesday, January 27 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.  (more...)

Original Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in ClevelandOriginal Broadway Cast Members to Lead IF/THEN National Tour in Cleveland
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, starting Wednesday, January 27 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. (more...)

Breaking News: IF/THEN Tour Cast Update! Jackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join; Anthony Rapp to Stay!Breaking News: IF/THEN Tour Cast Update! Jackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join; Anthony Rapp to Stay!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

JACKIE BURNS (Elizabeth) is thrilled to be starring in If/Then, returning to many of the same cities she visited playing Elphaba in Wicked, a role for which she received an IRNE Award nomination. She subsequently played Elphaba on Broadway, to great acclaim. Other Broadway: Hair (Revival, Original Cast), If/Then (Original Cast). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (Original Cast), Unlock'd, Ripper. Regional: Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (PCLO), Wedding Singer, A Grand Night for Singing (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), The Full Monty, Singin' in the Rain, Joseph..., Sweeney Todd, Drood, Candide, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Paper Mill). TV: 'All My Children.' Concept Albums: Lucifer (Michael Mott), Swept Away (Disney), Tears from Heaven, and Excalibur (Frank Wildhorn). ANTHONY RAPP (Lucas). Broadway: Rent; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Six Degrees of Separation; Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity, Sophistry, The Destiny of Me, Some Americans Abroad, among others. Film: Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, Rent, Man of the Century, Roadtrip, Winter Passing, A Beautiful Mind. TV: 'The X-Files,' 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Psych.' Author of Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, which was adapted into the one-man show Without You and performed nationally and internationally. @albinokid on Twitter TAMYRA GRAY (Kate). After the acclaim that followed her appearances in the inaugural season of 'American Idol,' Tamyra parlayed the attention into a successful theater, televison, and film career. Broadway credits include: Bombay Dreams, Rent. Film: Sony's The Gospel, Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married. Tamyra won the Hollywood NAACP award for 'Best Lead Female' for her role in Debbie Allen's Twist. Tamyra is a devoted wife and mother who leans on spirituality to maintain balance between work, home, and health. MATTHEW HYDZIK (Josh). Broadway: Side Show (Buddy), West Side Story (Tony), Grease (Kenickie), It Shoulda Been You. Off-Broadway: Tomorrow Morning. Some regional favorites: The Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Fulton Opera House. National tours: Rent, Fame, Grease, and Flashdance. Proud grad of Penn State University. Insta/Twitter: @matthew_hydzik (more...)

IF/THEN Tour, Starring Idina Menzel, Lands in Hollywood This WinterIF/THEN Tour, Starring Idina Menzel, Lands in Hollywood This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

?Producer David Stone and the Nederlander Organization announce that the L.A. Premiere engagement of IF/THEN starring Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee) will begin performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre on December 8, 2015 for a limited four-week engagement through January 3, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6BWW Review: IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Nov 16, 2015

IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6 (more...)

Video Roundup: Starting Over- Meet the New Stars of the IF/THEN Tour!Video Roundup: Starting Over- Meet the New Stars of the IF/THEN Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

The company also includes Janine DiVita, as Anne, Daren A. Herbert, as Stephen, and Marc de la Cruz, as David. Get to know the three newbies below! (more...)

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