With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, If/Then is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical. If/Then simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives that we might have led.
Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow. This show celebrates the power of great storytelling.
Book by Music and Lyrics by
TOM KITT BRIAN YORKEY
March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30
March 19 at 2:00
Elizabeth returns to New York City to start her life over. She’s 38, recently divorced, twelve years away from her beloved New York, a city planner who has only taught city planning and has never planned a city. On her first day back (“What If?”), she meets two friends in the park – Lucas, a friend from her undergrad year (and onetime lover, long ago, who now identifies as bisexual), and Kate, her spirited new neighbor. Lucas wants her to come with him to meet some of his fellow activists, gathering signatures at a table across the park. But Kate wants her to get coffee and listen to a sexy guy playing the guitar, nearby. Kate calls her “Liz” – the two of them having decided the previous night, over wine, that Elizabeth should have a new name for her new life. Lucas, for his part, likes “Beth.”
We see her go both ways – with Kate, as “Liz” and Lucas as “Beth.” Her lives diverge in that moment. And we follow them both.
Elizabeth: Ann McCoy
Kate: Michelle Margulies
Lucas: Ricky DeSisto
Josh: Michael Warner
Stephen: Michael Nakashima
Anne: Barbara Baumgarten
David: Rob Buckel-Gillis
Elena: Stephanie Wallace
Deputy Mayor, City of New York: Denise Feeney
Cathy: Nicole Mayne Warner
Busker: Jack Byrne
Street Drummer: Max Nakashima
New Yorkers: Denise Feeney, Andre Lavoie, Molly McLellan, Max Nakashima, Halle Pratt, Nicole Mayne Warner
Elizabeth: An urban planner, newly returned to New York City.
Kate: Elizabeth’s neighbor, a kindergarten teacher.
Lucas: Elizabeth’s college friend, a community activist.
Josh: A doctor and Army Reservist.
Stephen: Elizabeth’s grad-school colleague, a city planner.
Anne: Kate’s girlfriend.
David: A pediatric surgeon.
Elena: A city planner.
Ensemble: Various citizens of New York City.
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