If /Then the musical on Broadway

Remember that Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors about seeing different outcomes from taking a different path in life?  That is what the new Broadway show If / Then is like, only a musical version.  This story follows two paths of Elizabeth played by Idina Menzel, a young successful girl living in present day New York City.  We see the different outcomes of different choices made and it is up to us as an audience to decide which is the better outcome.  Songs push each parallel story along and involve the same characters, but in different roles and with different emotional connections.  

If / Then puts reunites Menzel and Anthony Rapp who starred together in the original Broadway cast of Rent.  Both are strong and perfect for the contemporary score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.  Mr. Kitt and Mr. Yorkey collaborated on the award winning musical Next To Normal as well and are looking for another Broadway hit.  The songs were  infections and pop infused with some really showcasing Ms. Menzel's talents.  LaChanze starring as Kate is also fantastic  with a phenomenal voice and a character she feels right at home playing.

The set also reflects the two sides motif through the use of a large mirror to go along with stark yet effective stage elements.  I was a little divided through the first act as to whether or not I really liked this show, but the second act sold me.  It felt more focused and emotional to me.  This will be a great show for a younger audience that is looking for something a little different and contemporary on Broadway.  It will also make you think, for better or worse, what if...

 

IF / THEN the musical