The impromptu performance, captured on video by If/Then conductor Carmel Dean, followed the April 12 evening show of If/Then, when the cast was accepting donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The If/Then cast (unexpectedly) offered the chance for an audience member to join the company onstage and be serenaded by Menzel, Rapp, Lawrence and others from the new Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey musical. Two audience members, who bid $4,000 each, agreed to share the prize, and $8,000 in total was raised from the "Seasons of Love" auction.
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.