Idina Menzel, the Broadway veteran who crossed over into TV territory with a recurring role on Glee, will return to the Great White Way next spring to lead the new musical If/Then.
The show, which has booked the Richard Rodgers Theatre, will begin previews March 4, with opening day slated for March 27. Menzel will portray Elizabeth, a woman about to turn 40 who returns to New York City for a fresh start. "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," teases a release.
Ahead of its Broadway run, the production will stage a tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, running Nov. 5 through Dec. 8.
If/Then is produced by David Stone with music from Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Michael Greif will direct. Kitt and Yorkey received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as an armful of Tony Awards, for their musical Next to Normal. Greif directed that show as well as the original staging of Rent in which Menzel played the role of performance artist Maureen.
Menzel won a Tony in 2004 for her portrayal of Elphaba, Wicked Witch of the West, in the musical Wicked; she has also been nominated for Rent.
On Glee, the actress plays the birth mother of Lea Michele's character.