The collaborators of Pulitzer-winning musical “Next to Normal” are tracing the same path to Broadway for their next outing, a new tuner called “If/Then” that will topline Idina Menzel and bow in Washington, D.C.
Project reunites producer David Stone (“Wicked”), composer Tom Kitt (“Bring It On”), book writer and lyricist Brian Yorkey and helmer Michael Greif (“Rent”), who all worked together on “Normal,” which opened on Broadway in 2009 and ran for a bit less than two years. New outing also re-teams producer Stone with Menzel, who scored a Tony for her turn in “Wicked.”
Although “Next to Normal” had its preem at Off Broadway’s Second Stage, it was the tuner’s detour to D.C. in a retooled production — seen at local regional Arena Stage — that helped propel the show to the Rialto.
The pre-Broadway tryout of “If/Then” will begin perfs Nov. 5 ahead of a Nov. 24 opening at D.C.’s National Theater. Title has already set Main Stem dates, skedding a March 4, 2014 preview start ahead of a March 27, 2014 opening at a Nederlander theater still to be set.
Storyline of the tuner centers on a soon-to-be-40 woman who moves to New York for a fresh start, but finds that even her best-laid plans are impacted in unexpected ways by chance and the tiniest of decisions.
Mezel hasn’t appeared on Broadway since “Wicked.”