The new musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel, will come to the Richard Rodgers Theatre next spring.
Producers recently announced that the musical will begin previews March 4, 2014, with the official opening following on March 27. Further information, including additional casting and ticket on-sale dates will be announced in the near future. Before coming to Broadway, the musical will premiere for a limited engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. that will run November 5-December 8.
The creative team is the same Pulitzer Prize-winning group behind the rock musical “Next to Normal,” which includes director Michael Greif, music writer Tom Kitt and book and lyric writer Brian Yorkey.
Here’s how press notes describe the story of the musical:
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.
Menzel won a Tony Award in 2004 for her portrayal of Elphaba in “Wicked,” and she was nominated for a Tony for her role as Maureen Johnson in “Rent.” The latter role gained her recognition on a widespread scale, and she reprised her role for the 2005 film adaption. More recently she has been known to TV audiences for her recurring role of Shelby Corcoran on Fox’s “Glee.”
Writers Kitt and Yorkey were awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Next to Normal.” That production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won three.