If/Then: A New Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Original Broadway Cast of If/Then: A New Musical
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Columbia College pals Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey saw their first Broadway collaboration, Next to Normal, win three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Its 2014 follow-up made an equally auspicious bow; it was the first cast album debut to reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart since 1996’s Rent. The new show follows its freshly divorced professional woman/protagonist (Idina Menzel in her Broadway return) through two alternate story lines forged by one crucial life decision. “Every day we make choices,” Kitt explains. “Sometimes they’re just small choices, and sometimes they’re bigger ones. But we often wonder about the power of those choices. If you find that person whom you love, are you meant to find that person no matter what road you take?” Menzel found inspiration in the nuances of Kitt and Yorkey’s songs: “It’s nice that I’m not belting at the top of my lungs the whole time. There’s a lot of intimate, personality-driven, sweet singing, as close to how we speak as possible. I do get to do the crazy high notes, of course. But that’s also a part of me. A vulnerable side and a side that wants to kick ass!”
Amazing show, can’t wait for the album
As a huge Idina fan, I eagerly anticipated her appearance in If/Then. However, I was not prepared for such an outstanding show. The music is absolutely glorious, and I cannot wait to hear the recorded version!
This show is so intensely heartfelt that between the incredible cast and the spot on music, you can’t help but be impacted. The best part of this show and it’s music is how reality based it is…when else do you hear such day to day language (yes, I use “f*ck” on a daily basis too) used throughout a show and woven so beautifully into the lyrics? The unique and powerful nature of this project is certain to be enjoyed by one and all.
I'm so sick of people saying "They'll see it/ Buy it because of Frozen." Folks, Idina was a star, AND INCREDIBLE, LONG before Frozen. And, this new show PERFECTLY shows her off.
Learn to Live Without is absolutely beautiful.
Idina is amazing