Sunday, March 3, 2013

Idina Menzel to Star in NEXT TO NORMAL 2?

Big news broke this week that Idina Menzel would star in a new musical written by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, NEXT TO NORMAL 2. Wait. That's wrong. The musical is call IF/THEN.

The show is described as:

"On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible. Set against the ever-shifting landscape of modern day Manhattan, If/Then is a romantic and original new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout."

The show will try to match the success of NEXT TO NORMAL, one of most successful original musicals in the last decade, by reuniting the writing duo with director Michael Greif and producer David Stone.

I, for one, am a HUGE Idina fan and n2n is one of my favorite musicals, so I am extremely excited to see this show. And a positive: the show is having a tryout in DC this fall before opening on Broadway in Spring 2014. That means I will definitely be sure to be seeing this as soon as it opens.

I am curious what the rest of the cast will look like, because I'm sure they will use the success of n2n to find all-stars like Menzel. I just hope that they didn't rush the show and that it is too much of a n2n copy. Only time will tell.

Here is a video of Menzel singing the one song known so far from the show: "Learn to Live Without"


  1. I'm excited about it as well. I look forward to seeing what they've done. Next to Normal was the show that turned me from a theatre fan, to a theatre fanatic. And I've loved Idina since RENT. :)

  2. I was one of the few who never managed to fall in love with Next to Normal... but I'm a crazy Idina fan, and I would love to see in her something new. I got to see her in Wicked and it was one of the best shows of my life.