Show History

History

Inspiration

Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning creative team behind Next to Normal, If/Then explores the story of one woman and her two lives. Lyricist and bookwriter, Brian Yorkey, and composer, Tom Kitt, created an original musical exploring choices and chances and how much fate is involved when meeting the person and people we are meant to love. With an inventive structure and an ambitious double plot, Yorkey and Kitt created a musical that explores the choices we make and the impact that they have.

Productions

If/Then received a developmental lab in April 2013. It premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., for its pre-Broadway tryout and ran from November 5, through December 8, 2013.

The show officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 30, 2014, where it ran for 29 previews and 401 performances.

A limited engagement national tour launched in 2015, with leading lady, Idina Menzel, reprising her role as Elizabeth.

Cultural Influence

  • Idina Menzel performed songs from If/Then on "The Late Show With David Letterman," the 2014 Tony¬†Awards and "The Today Show."
  • An Original Broadway Cast recording of If/Then was released by Masterworks Broadway in June of 2014.

Trivia

  • Original star, Idina Menzel, rose to fame as an original cast member of Jonathan Larson's Rent. She also won a Tony¬†Award as the misunderstood witch, Elphaba in Wicked. She famously voiced and sang the character of Elsa in Disney's Frozen.