Idina Menzel to Return to Broadway in New Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey Musical

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Tony Award winning actress, Idina Menzel, will be back on Broadway next spring.

idinaThe New York Times reports that Menzel is slated to star in a new musical, If/Then, penned by composer Tom Kitt and book writer/ lyricist Brian Yorkey. It is the first Broadway production by Kitt and Yorkey since their Tony Award/ Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next to Normal.

Featuring contemporary music, If/Then is described as the story of a woman nearing 40, played by Menzel, who moves to New York from Denver to restart her life. The musical’s structure, alluded to in the shows title, is a reflection of its attention to the question life by design or a life ruled by fate. The musical will have a pre Broadway run from at Washington’s National Theatre November 5 through December 8 of this year. After its run at the National, the show will begin performances at one of the Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway houses, with a Broadway opening set for March 27, 2014.

“We started writing If/Then shortly after Next to Normal opened on Broadway, and through all the exciting things that have happened since then, we’ve been so thrilled to keep coming back to this show, our partnership, and our work with Michael and David – it feels like home,” said composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/book writer Brian Yorkey.  “And we couldn’t ask for a more exciting leading lady than Idina Menzel, whose unbelievable talent, professionalism, humor and spirit have completely infused this character.”

Idina Menzel has not appeared on Broadway since her Tony Award winning turn as Elphaba in Wicked. She has performed in three workshop productions of the musical and has plans to participate in a fourth this April.

Menzel made her Broadway debut as Maureen in the original cast of RENT. Since then, in addition to Wicked, she has done concert tours, appeared in the occasional movie, including “Enchanted,” and has been featured as Lea Michele’s birth-mother on “Glee.”

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Next to Normal was hugely successful, receiving more than 100 five-star reviews on TheaterAdvisor.com and winning the Tony Awards Best Original Score, Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley,) and Best Orchestrations (Michael Starobin, Tom Kitt.) Their musical also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, even though it had not been named as a finalist.

Watch Idina Menzel sing “Defying Gravity” in her concert “Barefoot at the Symphony.”

Watch the cast of Next to Normal perfor at the 2010 Tony Awards.

Other information about the D.C. engagement, including ticket sales, will be available shortly on the musical’s Web site, www.ifthenthemusical.com.

Broadway Fun Fact:

On January 8, 2005, during the matinee performance as Elphaba, Idina Menzel fell through a trap door during the show’s melting sequence. Menzel’s fall resulted in a cracked rib, and the show was stopped until her understudy, Shoshana Bean, was ready to perform. As gesture of good faith, Menzel returned on January 9th—dressed in a red tracksuit — to finish her final performance as the wicked witch and sang the final scene of the musical.

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