One of the most exciting, star-filled casts of the season will bring the newest work by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to life. Although If/Then doesn't arrive on Broadway until March 2014, the new musical will debut at Washington, DC's National Theatre Nov. 5-Dec. 8 with a cast that features two Tony-winning musical theatre actresses, Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent) and LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), as well as Anthony Rapp (Rent), James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick…Boom!, Once on This Island), Jenn Colella (Chaplin, High Fidelity), Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, Lysistrata Jones) and Tamika Lawrence (Matilda). Michael Greif directs the musical about a woman on the cusp of 40 (Tony winner Menzel), who moves to New York City to start fresh. It marks the original Rent star's first return to Broadway since her Tony-winning run in Wicked, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Broadway this fall.
Diva lovers will no doubt be out in full force Nov. 7 when Olivier and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone returns to Carnegie Hall with a special two-act version of Far Away Places, a travelogue of styles and stories that includes songs by Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and Edith Piaf. One suspects (and hopes) that LuPone will also revisit tunes from several of her own theatrical triumphs. The famed hall will also feature five evenings with the New York Pops, three of which are of special interest to diva fans: Sing, Sing, Swing (Nov. 1, featuring Tony nominee Montego Glover and clarinetist Dave Bennett), Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown (Dec. 19-20, featuring Broadway's original Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown) and A Broadway Love Story (March 21, 2014, featuring Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley); Steven Reineke is the music director and conductor for all three events.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.