Here They Go! LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder Join Idina Menzel for Select If/Then Tour Stops

News   Here They Go! LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder Join Idina Menzel for Select If/Then Tour Stops
 
Select cities this fall will have the rare chance of witnessing an original Broadway cast reunion when If/Then, the original musical from Next to Normal creators Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, reunites four major stars to launch its national tour.

Fans erupted last spring when lead producer David Stone announced that Menzel (the muse for whom If/Then was written) had signed on to repeat her performance in seven select tour stops, including the show's launch at Denver's Buell Theatre this October.

She'll be joined in those select cities by Broadway castmates LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island) as Kate, Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) as Lucas and James Snyder (Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages) as Josh.

Idina Menzel and James Snyder in <i>If/Then</i>
Idina Menzel and James Snyder in If/Then Photo by Joan Marcus

The four will appear together in the following tour stops: The Buell Theatre in Denver (Oct. 13-25), the Paramount Theatre in Seattle (Nov. 3-8), the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (Nov. 10–Dec. 6), the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (Dec. 8–Jan. 3, 2016), the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego (Jan. 5-10), ASU Gammage in Tempe (Jan. 12-17) and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (Jan. 19-24).

Following these seven cities, If/Then will continue to tour with a different principal cast to be announced. Additional stops include Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and other cities.

"If/Then is partly about how the communities we live and work in become our families," producer Stone said in a statement. "The original Broadway cast was like a family, and I am very excited for the family to be reunited on tour and to give audiences outside of New York the opportunity to see these exceptional Broadway stars in the roles they created."

In an exclusive interview with Playbill.com in December 2014, Menzel said that the show was her "salvation."

"Yes, it explores a lot of intense themes that are close to my heart," she said about If/Then, a musical that follows a woman restarting and reshaping her life, "but to have the opportunity to be on the stage with the cast that I have and work through those things every day, it's been a total gift."

If/Then is the original musical that reunites composer  Kitt, book writer/lyricist Yorkey and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal.

According to producers, "If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance."

If/Then features choreography by Larry Keigwin, set design by Tony Award nominee Mark Wendland, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan.

The original Broadway cast recording is produced by Sony Masterworks and is available on iTunes.

If/Then gave its final Broadway performance March 22, 2015, having played 29 previews and 401 performances.

Visit IfThenTheMusical.com.

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