Idina Menzel's If/Then Cast Album Earns Highest Chart Debut Since Rent

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11 Jun 2014

Idina Menzel and James Snyder in <i>If/Then</i>.
Idina Menzel and James Snyder in If/Then.
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The cast album of If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, debuted at number 19 on the Billboard charts today, setting the highest debut for a cast album since Jonathan Larson's 1996 Rent which also featured Menzel as Maureen Johnson.

The cast recording sold 15,000 copies by the end of the week of June 8. It now boasts the largest sales week for a cast recording since Book of Mormon in 2011.  

The only four cast recordings to reach the top 20 of the Billboard charts since 1980 are now If/Then, Rent, Book of Mormon, and Dreamgirls

The original Broadway cast album of If/Then was released by Masterworks Broadway June 3.

If/Then has music by Kitt, with book and lyrics by Yorkey. The writers earned the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for penning Next to Normal.



Michael Greif helms the production that began previews March 5 and opened March 30 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It is produced by David Stone (Wicked, Next to Normal).

If/Then earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Menzel), but won in neither category.

If/Then has musical direction by Carmel Dean and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Michael Starobin, who previously collaborated with Kitt on Next to Normal.

The track listing follows:

"Prologue"
"What If?"
"It's a Sign"
"A Map of New York"
"You Never Know"
"Ain't No Man Manhattan"
"What the F**k?"
"Here I Go"
"You Don't Need to Love Me"
"No More Wasted Time"
"Surprise"
"This Day/Walking by a Wedding"
"Hey Kid"
"Some Other Me"
"Best Worst Mistake"
"I Hate You"
"A Map of New York (Reprise)"
"You Learn to Live Without"
"The Moment Explodes"
"Love While You Can"
"What Would You Do?"
"Always Starting Over"
"What If? (Reprise)"

The cast boasts Menzel (Wicked, Rent, "Frozen"), Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), 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).

Also featured are Joe Cassidy (Working), Miguel Cervantes (American Idiot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Curtis Holbrook (West Side Story, Xanadu), Stephanie Klemons (In The Heights), Tyler McGee (Ghost), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On), Joe Aaron Reid (Catch Me If You Can) and Ann Sanders (Leap of Faith).

The cast also includes Jackie Burns, Marc de la Cruz, Charles Hagerty, Janet Krupin and Pearl Sun.

If/Then has musical direction by Carmel Dean and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Michael Starobin, who previously collaborated with Kitt on Next to Normal.

If/Then has choreography by Larry Keigwin, set design by Tony Award nominee Mark Wendland (Next to Normal, The Merchant of Venice), costume design by Emily Rebholz (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots, Wicked) and sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan (Next To Normal, The Book of Mormon).

According to the creators, "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."

The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street. Visit ifthenthemusical.com.

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