Idina Menzel's 'If/Then' Scores Show-Stopping Chart Debut
The original Broadway cast recording of If/Then makes a show-stopping start on the Billboard 200 chart.
Debuting at No. 19, the set marks the highest debut for a cast album since 1996. The last cast effort to start as high was Rent, which also debuted (and peaked) at No. 19 on the chart dated Sept. 14, 1996 (selling 43,000).
If/Then sold 15,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rent and If/Then have a common thread: both feature singer/actress Idina Menzel. The performer earned Tony Award nominations for both shows, for best featured actress in a musical (for Rent) and actress in a leading role in a musical (for If/Then). Menzel also won the 2004 Tony Award for best actress in a musical for Wicked.
Menzel, of course, also voiced the character of Elsa in the Disney film Frozen, and took the movie's Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She made chart history as the first Tony Award winner for acting to have also notched a top 10 single. (And, the soundtrack to Frozen remains 2014's top-selling album, with 2.6 million sold this year, of its 2.9 million to date.)
If/Then logs the largest sales week for a cast album since the week ending June 19, 2011, when The Book of Mormon sold 33,000 in its fifth week of release (following its Tony Award win for best musical and deep discounting at Amazon MP3).
Rent, The Book of Mormon and If/Then are three of only four cast albums to reach the top 20 of the chart since 1980. The other? Dreamgirls, which peaked at No. 11 on the chart dated Aug. 21, 1982.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.