Tony winner Idina Menzel, who won for her portrayal of Elphaba (green witch) in “Wicked,” will be back on Broadway in a new musical entitled “If/Then.” The new musical, which will be on Broadway March 2014, is created by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (story and lyrics). They will work once again with director Michael Greif. The trio worked together on the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Next to Normal.”
“If/Then” will have its world premiere November 2013 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. and will then make its way to Broadway with opening projected to be March 2014. The musical will focus on Elizabeth (Menzel), who decides to move to New York as her fortieth birthday nears. “If/Then” is described as being “a romantic and original new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout.”
Menzel was recognized first Off-Broadway and on Broadway for her work in “Rent.” She created the role of Maureen Johnson for the premiere production in 1996 and also played the part in the 2005 film. For her work in “Rent,” Menzel was nominated for a Tony as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She lost to Ann Duquesnay for “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.” Her last performance in “Rent” was on July 1, 1997. Although Menzel was performing as a wedding singer since she was 15 years old, “Rent” marked her professional theatre debut.
“Wicked”, which premiered in 2003, starred Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) on Broadway. The Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman musical, which in October will mark its tenth year on Broadway, is based upon the popular novel by .Gregory Maguire. In 2004, Menzel won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West.
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