If/Then

Michael Greif + If/Then
Thursday, September 29 th, 2016 at 00:09 am Dr Joy Browne
Director (s):
Michael Greif
Starring:
Idina Manzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp
Genre:
Theater
Theme:
Musical

If/Then stars Idina Manzel who is probably most famous these days for being the voice in Frozen, and having her name butchered by John Travolta at the Oscar ceremonies. She and her co-star Anthony Rapp both also appeared in Rent. In this one, she plays a woman who is always trying ot figure out the odds, or “what ifs”. she is surrounded by a cast of Broadway veterens, it is very talented cast, and an interested idea. One of the problems is that Idina character is not the most charismatic, this is kind of a “chick-flick” type of play, she has a gay friend she is trying to decide whether or not to sleep with, so it is all about taking chances and love and loss and all sorts of things. The songs tend to sound the same even though the lyrics are soemtimes quite smart and quite important. This is a play I would like to root for, but I think its going to have some problems, just because, even though Idina is gorgeous and has this great volice, I think you need to care more about the main character. 3 stars

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