Broadway star Idina Menzel will be joining the national tour of the Tony-nominated musical she starred in last year on Broadway, If/Then, for its first seven cities, the third of which will be San Francisco. As the Chron reports via the SHN announcement, If/Then will be the opening show of the 2015/16 season at SHN, starting November 10, and will be followed by the Tony-winning A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
If/Then tells the parallel stories of a single, 38-year-old woman named Elizabath who's just moved to New York for a fresh start. Taking as a premise that two different friends suggest that she use this fresh start to seek out a new path with a new nickname, one suggesting "Liz" and the other suggesting "Beth," her college nickname, the show proceeds to follow two possible routes that Elizabeth's life could take.
The show has music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, the same team that made the far darker musical about mental illness, Next to Normal. And the role of Elizabeth was said to have been written expressly for Menzel.
It received mixed but somewhat positive reviews (see Ben Brantley's NYT review here), as well as Tony nominations for Menzel and for the score, and ended up having one of the strongest box office showings on Broadway in 2014, until Menzel left the show.
She now returns in the touring cast which will have its first performances in Denver in October.
Super fans can also catch Menzel in a solo concert at the Concord Pavilion on August 7.