Audrey’s Theatre Whirl: ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ and ‘If/Then’ Headed to Broadway

*LaChanze plans to return to Broadway for the first time since winning a Tony in 2006 for “The Color Purple.” Producers of If/Then announced that the singer and actress will star opposite Idina Menzel in the new musical that reunites the creative forces behind “Next to Normal” — music by Tom Kitt, story by Brian Yorkey and direction by Michael Greif.

If/Then will play Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street, NYC) in spring 2014, beginning preview performances on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 and officially opening on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

If/Then will feature choreography by Larry Keigwin, founder of the contemporary dance company, KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Keigwin choreographed the new musical, Tales of the City, at ACT as well as the recent off-Broadway revival of Rent. He is making his Broadway choreography debut with this production.

If/Then will feature set design by Tony Award-Nominee Mark Wendland (Next to Normal, The Merchant of Venice), costume design by Emily Rebholz (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), lighting design by Tony Award-Winner Kenneth Posner (Kinky Boots, Wicked) and sound design by Tony Award-Winner Brian Ronan (Next To Normal, The Book of Mormon). The production will feature musical direction by Carmel Dean and orchestrations by Tony Award-Winners Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt.

The company of If/Then will feature Joe Cassidy (Working), Miguel Cervantes (American Idiot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Curtis Holbrook (West Side Story, Xanadu), Stephanie Klemons (In The Heights), Tyler McGee (Ghost), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On), Joe Aaron Reid (Catch Me If You Can) and Ann Sanders (Leap of Faith). They join the previously announced Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam, and Tamika Lawrence in the Broadway-bound musical.

If/Then will have its world premiere in a pre-Broadway out-of-town engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., beginning preview performances on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and running through December 8, 2013.

Tickets for the world premiere engagement in Washington, D.C. go on sale to the general public on Sunday, September 8, 2013 and will be available at thenationaldc.com, by phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre box office (1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

*The Bridges of Madison County will begin previews on Monday, January 13, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street, NYC). Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

As previously announced, four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara(Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Pajama Game), and stage & screen star Steven Pasquale (Reasons To Be Pretty, “Rescue Me) will star in the Broadway-bound musical The Bridges of Madison County. Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza, Awake and Sing, Golden Boy) will direct.

For Ms. O’Hara, this will mark a reunion with director Bartlett Sher, who directed her Tony-nominated performances as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Clara in The Light in the Piazza. …read more