Actress Idina Menzel is getting ready to return to Broadway in the new musical "If/Then." NY1's Frank DiLella caught up with the actress at a recent fan concert for the show and filed the following report.
After a nine-year absence from The Great White Way, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel is on her way back to Broadway.
The accomplished actress, who scored a Tony for her portrayal of Elphaba in the long-running mega-hit "Wicked" back in 2004, is currently prepping for her new show, an original musical called "If/Then."
To launch the show here in New York, the producers of "If/Then" hosted an all-fan concert at The Cutting Room.
"To come home to New York City, my home, and to have this kind of welcoming is, it's just wonderful," Menzel says.
The musical follows the story of Elizabeth, played by Menzel, and the choices she makes while building a new life for herself in Manhattan.
The highly anticipated work is written by Pulitzer and Tony winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey of "Next to Normal" fame. The creators wrote the show with Menzel in mind.
"I'm no stranger to original pieces that take a while, so this is a process that I love so much," Menzel says.
Menzel made her Broadway debut as the feisty Maureen Johnson in "Rent" back in 1996. With this show, she reunites with her "Rent" director, Michael Greif, and her one-time "Rent" co-star, Anthony Rapp.
"We've grown up and gone through so much, and this show is about that very thing," Rapp says.
It may be freezing out here, but that hasn't stopped fans from lining up to get a sneak peek of "If/Then."
"I went to sleep last night thinking, come rain, sleet, snow, hail, I will be in that line tomorrow in this theater," said one fan.
While the "If/Then" concert was a one night only event, for folks looking to see the show in its entirety, the musical begins previews at The Richard Rodgers Theater on March 5. Opening night is set for March 30.