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Thursday, December 10, 2015

F3Stage: Idina Menzel & the If/Then cast take their Hollywood bows

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Despite the fact she has performed live on a number of stages in Los Angeles in recent years, including no less than the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night and the Hollywood Bowl, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel marked her Southern California legit theater debut last night, Wednesday, December 9, at the Pantages Theatre, leading the First National Tour company of If/Then. Recreating the tailor-made role (by composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, and her Rent director Michael Greif) for which she was nominated for another Tony in the 2013-2014 season, Menzel is joined for the Hollywood engagement, in a very rare occurrence, the other three principal members of the original Broadway cast, LaChanze, James Snyder, and her fellow Rent alumnus on stage and screen, Anthony Rapp. A full review of the show is coming, but in the meantime watch this video of Menzel, Rapp, LaChanze, and Snyder taking their opening night bows below.

The First National Tour production of If/Then is now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through Sunday, January 3, then moves on to other cities throughout 2016.

Buy the If/Then original Broadway cast album CD here.
Buy the If/Then original Broadway cast album MP3 here.
Buy the If/Then original Broadway cast album vinyl LP here.
Buy the If/Then sheet music here.

(Special thanks to Hollywood Pantages Theatre )

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