Friday, April 18, 2014


For Elizabeth, the decision of which path to take can be almost the logical solution is to take both ways.  As Liz and Beth, she can indulge all her possibilities.

Come meet Idina Menzel in her dual role in "If/Then," the intriguing new musical with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 226 West 46th Street in New York City.

With the premise that you never know what will happen to you, Liz and Beth both learn how to live, cautiously and impetuously.  After twelve years of marriage in Phoenix, Elizabeth has returned to New York to discover life's grand design.  Her journey is enhanced and complicated when she meets Kate (La Chanze), her next door neighbor, Lucas (Anthony Rapp), her old activist friend,  Josh (James Snyder), a soldier she happens to meet in the park and Steve (Jerry Dixon), her city planner boss in one reincarnation.

The fact that life is never a straight line causes Elizabeth's dual personas to engage in twists and turns that complicate and color her worlds.  Which job should she accept?  Which man will she love?  She confesses, "I get lost in what might be."

This beautiful and powerful play soars to glorious heights with such songs, verging on operatic, like "It's a Sign," "You Never Know," " Here I Go," "Man Up," "Surprise," "What If" and "What Would You Do?."  Michael Greif directs this compelling journey with sensitivity and skill.  Mark Wendland's set design mirrored ceiling reflects wonder and charm.

For tickets ($60-165), call Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at or If/  Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Whether you believe in fate or life's grand design, you'll enjoy traveling Robert Frost's less known paths as the parallel lives cross and intersect.

No comments:

Post a Comment