The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning team behind the musical "Next to Normal" are back on Broadway with their latest work "If/Then." NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
Fresh off her turn on the big screen as the voice of Elsa in the Disney animated hit "Frozen," Idina Menzel is back home on Broadway.
The Tony Award-winning actress returned to the Main Stem on Sunday night in the new musical "If/Then." In the show, Menzel plays the character of Elizabeth, and the musical follows two storylines based on certain choices Elizabeth makes.
This production marks Menzel's first time back on Broadway since winning a Tony for "Wicked" back in 2004.
"You know, you just look for great collaborations and you get in there and you throw a bunch of balls in the air, and I knew that this was something that, you know, would have staying power, and I wanted to just work with these people. I love them as human beings and as artists," Menzel says.
When she says "people," she's referring to friends new and old. This production marks a reunion for Menzel and her one-time "Rent" director Michael Greif and co-star Anthony Rapp. In addition, the musical features Tony winner LaChanze and actor James Snyder.
"Especially in a show about making choices and fate and destiny and all that stuff, to have my very first professional job be in "Rent," with the director that gave me my job, and with Anthony, and to come full circle, it's all quite extraordinary," Menzel says.
At its core, "If/Then" is a musical about choice, the choices one makes in life. So on opening night, NY1 asked the "If/Then" company, "If you didn't choose a life in the performing arts, what would you be and why"?
"Most likely would have been an attorney," LaChanze says.
"I might have chosen to be an astronomer, believe it or not," says actor Jason Tam.
"Someone asked me this before and I said, quite honestly, that I would probably be a stripper," says actress Jenn Colella.
"I think I might teach," Snyder says.
"Maybe want to play tennis as a professional at one point, when I had a really good backhand," Menzel says.
Well let's just say, Idina and company, I'm grateful for the path you've chosen.