Richard Rodgers Theatre, (3/30/2014 - 3/22/2015)

First Preview: Mar 05, 2014
Opening Date: Mar 30, 2014
Closing Date: Mar 22, 2015
Total Previews: 29
Total Performances: 401

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Madison Square Park and all around New York City. The recent past.
Comments: "If/Then" was on hiatus from 1/27/2015 through 2/2/2015.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Fox Theatricals and Marc Platt

Book by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Musical Director: Carmel Dean; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin; Vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo

Directed by Michael Greif; Choreographed by Larry Keigwin; Associate Director: David Alpert; Associate Choreographer: Nicole Wolcott and Mark Myars

Scenic Design by Mark Wendland; Costume Design by Emily Rebholz; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown; Makeup Design by Joseph Dulude II; Associate Scenic Design: Brett Banakis; Associate Costume Design: Sarah Laux; Associate Lighting Design: Joel Shier; Associate Sound Design: Cody Spencer

General Manager: 321 Theatrical Management; Company Manager: Tracy Geltman; Associate Gen. Mgr: Ken Silverman

Technical Supervisor: Jake Bell and Lily Twining; Production Stage Manager: Judith Schoenfeld; Stage Manager: Paul J. Smith

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Carmel Dean; Associate Conductor: Marco Paguia; Concert Master: Sylvia D'Avanzo; Violin: Matthew Lehmann; Viola: Alissa Smith; Cello: Alisa Horn; Reeds: David Noland and Rick Heckman; Trumpet: Bud Burridge; Guitar: Alec Berlin and Jim Hershman; Bass: Brian Hamm; Keyboard: Marco Paguia and Randy Cohen; Drums: Damien Bassman

Casting: Telsey + Company; Press Representative: Polk & Co.; Marketing: bdb marketing; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Digital Marketing: Situation Interactive; Dance Captain: Stephanie Klemons; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Idina MenzelElizabeth
Anthony RappLucas
James SnyderJosh
Joe CassidyDeputy Mayor and others
Miguel CervantesA Bartender and others
Jenn ColellaAnne
Jerry DixonStephen
Curtis HolbrookA Soldier and others
Stephanie KlemonsA Flight Attendant and others
Tamika LawrenceElena
Tyler McGeeA Street Musician and others
Ryann RedmondPaulette and others
Joe Aaron ReidAn Architect and others
(Mar 05, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014)
Ann SandersCathy and others
(Mar 05, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015)
Jason TamDavid

Swings: Marc de la Cruz, Charles Hagerty, Janet Krupin and Pearl Sun

Standby: Jackie Burns (Elizabeth)

Understudies: Joe Cassidy (Lucas, Stephen), Miguel Cervantes (David), Jenn Colella (Elizabeth), Marc de la Cruz (David), Charles Hagerty (Josh), Curtis Holbrook (Lucas), Stephanie Klemons (Anne, Elena), Janet Krupin (Elena), Tamika Lawrence (Kate), Tyler McGee (Josh), Joe Aaron Reid (Stephen), Ann Sanders (Anne) and Pearl Sun (Kate)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2014 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Music by Tom Kitt; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

 2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Idina Menzel

Drama Desk Award

 2014 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Idina Menzel

 2014 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Michael Starobin


ACT 1 Sung By
What If?Company
It's a SignKate and Passengers
A Map of New YorkStephen, Beth, Kate and Company
You Never KnowJosh
Ain't No Man ManhattanLucas and Activists
What the Fuck?Liz/Beth
Here I GoLiz and Josh
You Don't Need to Love MeLucas
No More Wasted TimeKate, Beth, Elena and Anne
ACT 2 Sung By
This DayKate, Anne, Liz, Josh and Company/Beth
Walking by a WeddingKate, Anne, Liz, Josh and Company/Beth
Hey KidJosh
Some Other MeBeth and Lucas
Best Worst MistakeLucas and David
I Hate YouLiz and Josh
A Map of New York (Reprise) Stephen
You Learn to Live WithoutBeth/Liz
The Moment ExplodesBeth, Architect and Passengers
Love While You CanBeth, Kate and Anne
What Would You Do?David
Always Starting OverLiz
What If? (Reprise) Company


AP: "Idina Menzel shines in return to Broadway but 'If/Then' too sloppy"

The new musical "If/Then" is all about imagining different scenarios, so let's get straight to it: If you love Idina Menzel, then go see it — she tears the rafters off the theater while going through a mid-life crisis. But if you like smooth, tight shows, then find something else to do.

An uneven — maybe not completely finished — show opened Sunday at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with an intriguing, ambitious premise and a leading lady with a shockingly good voice, but a clumsy story and too few impressive songs.

At one point in a recent preview, a pair of discarded socks from a previous scene sat on the stage forlornly as the musical trundled on, a sign that it lacks a certain seasoning despite a pre-Broadway stop in Washington, D.C.

Tom Kitt supplies the music, Brian Yorkey wrote the story and lyrics, and Michael Greif directs. All three did the same jobs for "Next to Normal." The message this time is universal and not that surprising: Individual decisions have consequences. Like choosing this show instead of a night in front of "The Good Wife."

Menzel stars as Elizabeth, an urban planner who arrives in New York City in her late 30s after a failed marriage. She ends up leading parallel lives as two women — Beth and Liz — as fate and circumstances change, like a musical version of "Sliding Doors." To tell the heroines apart, Menzel wears glasses as one of them, like Clark Kent.

This also is a show about New York City and its changing face, a metaphor for Elizabeth's twin rebuilding projects. But there's a shockingly large amount of blather about low-income housing units, daily park usage and West Side reclamation projects. (One character virtually screams: "We can rezone over 1,000 city blocks in the next three years!") This is clearly a musical urban theorist Jane Jacobs would have loved. It may be the first Broadway show that uses a siteline level on a tripod.

But if the show is all about New York and cities, then why did it sound so smaltzy, smooth jazzy and sleepy? No gritty guitar or big beats? Not even a little hip-hop for a show that celebrates an urban landscape?

Speaking about landscapes, what's with the huge, rotating mirror courtesy of set designer Mark Wendland? Wasn't the spinning stage, wondrous trees and bifurcating scaffolding enough? The mirror really just gave us all a super view of Anthony Rapp's skull.

Yes, the always-welcome Rapp is reunited with his old "Rent" co-star Menzel. Seeing the pair go from that show set in the gritty drug- and AIDS-plagued East Village to a corporate mayoral office in "If/Then" is a funny subtext.

Rapp does well as Elizabeth's apparently bisexual best friend — he is her wannabe lover in one scenario, and a gay man in another — but the inherent dramatic tension between his urban organizer and her urban planner is mostly just abandoned. Also abandoned: LaChanze, who bursts out of the gate with verve and soul only to wither in Act 2, undeveloped and left as a mere accessory.

The tonal difference between the two acts is striking. A whimsical comedy in the first is taken over by a series of tragedies and sadness. One of the best crafted scenes and songs — "The Moment Explodes" — will brings gasps, and not just because it's a bit too manipulative. It's set on a plane in trouble. Sometimes, real tragedies intrude on Broadway.

Kitt is always best with Menzel singing. There's the touching duet with herself in "You Learn to Live Without." And the furious "Always Starting Over" has the singer just prowling the stage in agony against a starry sky. Her — unprintable here — regret song also is funny. But too many songs lack punch, like the unfortunately titled "Ain't No Man Manhattan" and "Hey, Kid," a new father's lullaby to his son that has so much promise but lands flat.

Lyricist and book writer Yorkey seems to think that tossing in casual expletives is coolly edgy — he actually gets more laughs with poop jokes — and he really doesn't impress by rhyming "schmuck" and "suck" or penning these lines for Beth: "Some other me is homeless/Some other me is queen." Making fun of Arizona and Brooklyn, though, gets big chuckles.

Larry Keigwin's choreography is simply unfinished, as if he was a kitchen contractor called away midway through a renovation. A few half twists and some lame jumping around from the cast is all we have.

Credit goes for attempting to explore parallel lives onstage and the acting is great. But a show with so much potential is marred by poor editing. So, the overall answer is, if you really, really need to see and hear Menzel, then go and watch an actress wonderfully giving it her all. But if you're of two minds, then go see "Frozen" and just listen to her voice.


New York Daily News: "'If/Then': Theater review"

“If/Then” raked in about a $1 million at the box office last week. Much of that Broadway booty owes to the name (or wrong name!) of its star, Idina Menzel.

If Menzel — or Adele Dazeem, as John Travolta famously called her on Oscar night — isn’t getting a cut of the gross, then she needs to renegotiate her contract.

She deepens this superficial show. A decade since she won a Tony for playing the green witch in “Wicked,” the soulful Menzel is still defying gravity — and lending some when needed. She elevates the whole enterprise from a two-star review to respectable mediocrity.

That’s a lucky break for Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s platitude- and cliché-clogged work, directed by Michael Greif. Hard to believe that’s the same team whose “Next to Normal,” about a family in crisis, rang with so much resonance.

No such luck as we follow thirtysomething urban planner Elizabeth (Menzel) considering her life and the choices she’s made.

In one scenario, she’s Liz, who gets married. In another, she’s Beth, who’s single. A little Warby Parker action keeps the characters distinct — Liz is the one in glasses. James Snyder, Anthony Rapp, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam and a terrific LaChanze play friends and lovers whose lives subtly shift in each story line.

What-if ideas can be gold mines. “It’s a Wonderful Life” imagined one man’s impact on many lives. But Elizabeth’s musings are uninteresting and don’t add up to much impact. She’s no George Bailey, whose entire town would collapse if he’d never been born.

The songs by Kitt (music) and Yorkey (lyrics) don’t help. The score presents repetitive variations on life’s dualities. Even “A Map of New York,” a number about how the city imprints our minds, crumbles into “Sesame Street”-deep singsong: “Thirty-three Bond, where I wrote my first book/Greenwich and Moore, where I learned to cook.” You almost expect Big Bird to fly in.

After all the musing, we’re told “Love while you can.” Thanks, Hallmark.

As advertised, “If/Then” unfolds at the crossroad of “choice and chance.” Problem is, that intersection is around the corner from banality and been-there-heard-this-before. If Menzel wasn’t around with her big belt and mellow warmth, there would be no reason to visit at all.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Richard Rodgers Theatre

(3/30/2014 - 3/22/2015)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Mattea Cogliano-Benedict.

Stage Manager: Timothy Eaker, Matthew Leiner(Jan 6, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015); Assistant Stage Mgr: Melissa M. Spengler, Cody Renard Richard(Feb 3, 2015 - Feb 26, 2015).

Assistant Conductor: Randy Cohen.


Kristoffer Cusick
A Soldier and others (Jul 24, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014)
Guidance Counselor (Jul 24, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014)
Curtis Holbrook
during Anthony Rapp's absence
Lucas (circa. Jul 2014 - Sep 14, 2014)
Guidance Counselor
Deedee Magno Hall
Cathy and others (Feb 3, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015)
Joe Aaron Reid
An Architect and others (Feb 3, 2015 - ?)
Gabrielle Ruiz
A Flight Attendant and others (Nov 4, 2014 - ?)
Alex Michael Stoll
An Architect and others (Dec 2, 2014 - ?)

Understudies: Kristoffer Cusick (Lucas), Megan Lewis (Kate), Deedee Magno Hall (Anne), Joe Aaron Reid (Stephen), Gabrielle Ruiz (Anne, Elena), Alex Michael Stoll (Stephen).

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