Exclusive! If/Then's Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Working on New, Original Musical About the Power of Love

News   Exclusive! If/Then's Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Working on New, Original Musical About the Power of Love
 
Broadway may have seen the last of the original musical If/Then, about chance and choice, but its writers — Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey — are already at work on their next new project.

"For the record — nobody knows this because these things don't ever get announced — but we're also working on a new, original show as well," Yorkey shared with Playbill.com. "It's in the really early stages.

"I had the idea for Next to Normal, and I called up Tom, and he said, 'Great.' And, he had the idea for If/Then, and he called me up, and I said, 'Great.' So, it was my turn again… I actually pitched it to him at one of the Tony parties, and he really loved it."

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Although Yorkey admitted that the project is in very early stages, it will be about "the power of love and how — in the face of all different kinds of hate — love ultimately can prevail."

The duo, who received the Pulitzer for Next to Normal and a Tony nomination for If/Then, pride themselves in the creation of new musicals. At If/Then's final curtain call, Yorkey told the crowd, "Tom and I wanted to say just a word about courage. It takes tremendous courage to make a new musical happen.… It's a lot easier to go with something tried and true and much harder to take a plunge on something that starts with an idea… and with no idea what it might end up being."

He continued to tell Playbill.com, "With the originals, as you know — [there is] nothing to go on — so we have to sort of make it up out of thin air, and we're starting to do that. It's really exciting. I love doing all of it [including the adaptations of Freaky Friday and Magic Mike], but it's also really exciting to start with nothing and dream that it might someday be something like an If/Then. "So, that's what it's about. You can look us up in eight years, and hopefully we'll have it done!"

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