MASTERWORKS BROADWAY proudly announces the signing of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of If/Then. Produced by Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt and David Stone, the album will be recorded on April 7 in anticipation of a June 3, 2014 release.
Idina Menzel returns 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 is an original new musical that follows Elizabeth as she rebuilds her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. By the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this contemporary musical is set where choice and chance collide. In one moment, Elizabeth will lead parallel lives. This is the story of both.
The company of If/Then features Idina Menzel (Tony Award-winner for Wicked, original cast of Rent, Disney’s Frozen), LaChanze (Tony Award-winner for The Color Purple), Anthony Rapp (original cast of Rent), James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick…Boom!, Once On This Island), Jenn Colella (Chaplin, High Fidelity), Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, Lysistrata Jones), Tamika Lawrence (Matilda), and Jackie Burns (Wicked).
The production also features Joe Cassidy, Miguel Cervantes, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Klemons, Tyler McGee, Ryann Redmond, Joe Aaron Reid, Ann Sanders, Marc delaCruz, Charles Hagerty, Janet Krupin and Pearl Sun.
The compositions by Tom Kitt are lovely, undulating, and stirring. Kitt's work utilizes the frenetic energy of the human psyche to pull audiences in by giving us tunes we can both relate to and get lost in. He mixes in sweet melodies that captivate listeners as well. Lyrics by Brian Yorkey believably and realistically capture real people. On the album, Idina Menzel croons with sophistication and tangible training. Vocally, her performances are lovely, but they sound too polished and too glossy until about the last third of the album. "Always Starting Over," as sung by Menzel, is worth the cost of the album and a ticket to the show on Broadway alone. The supporting cast for If/Then is charming on the album. Unfortunately, they don't get many standout moments and many of their performances on the recording simply aren't that memorable. The artistic merit of Kitt and Yorkey is present on the recording. Likewise, the talent of the cast is on full display. I just find myself wanting something more from If/Then: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording).