Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse

Now on stage through March 31st, 2024.

By: Feb. 26, 2024
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Get a first look at Idina Menzel and company in Redwood, the new musical now on stage in its World Premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse through March 31st, 2024. 

Written and directed by Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, with music by Kate Diaz, and lyrics by Landau and Diaz, Redwood is conceived by Landau and Menzel, with additional contributions by Menzel.

In addition to Menzel, the world-premiere cast also includes Tony Award nominee De’Adre Aziza as ‘Mel,’ Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as ‘Becca,’ Michael Park as Finn, and Zachary Noah Piser as ‘Spencer,’ along with understudies Aja Simone Baitey, Giovanny Diaz de Leon, Lance Arthur Smith.

The musical, which seems to have its sights set on Broadway, could follow in the path of the thirty-three productions that have moved to NYC following premieres at La Jolla Playhouse - including The Who's Tommy which is set to return to Broadway this season.

Redwood is a transportive new musical experience about one woman’s journey into the precious and precarious world of the redwood forest. Jesse (Menzel) is a successful businesswoman, mother and wife. She seems to have it all, but inside, her heart is broken. Finding herself at a turning point, Jesse leaves everyone and everything behind, gets in her car and drives… Thousands of miles later, she hits the ancient forests of Northern California, where a chance meeting and a leap of faith change her life forever. With its deeply personal story, refreshingly contemporary sound, and awe-inspiring design, Redwood explores the lengths –and heights– one travels to find strength, resilience and healing.

The Redwood creative team includes Kimberly Grigsby (Music Supervisor), Haley Bennett (Music Director), Jason Ardizzone-West (Scenic Designer), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Designer), Jonathan Deans (Sound Designer), Hana S. Kim (Media Designer) and  Melecio Estrella, BANDALOOP (Vertical Movement and Staging). Casting is by The Telsey Office, Patrick Goodwin, CSA/Jacole Kitchen; Lora K. Powell is Stage Manager and Topaz Cooks is Assistant Stage Manager.

Photo Credit: Rich Soublet

Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
Idina Menzel in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of REDWOOD

Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Becca (left) and Idina Menzel as Jesse in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of REDWOOD

Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
Michael Park as Finn and Idina Menzel as Jesse in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of REDWOOD

Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
De'Adre Aziza (right) as Mel and Idina Menzel as Jesse in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of REDWOOD

Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse
Zachary Noah Piser as Spencer and Idina Menzel as Jesse in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of REDWOOD




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