Created: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:19:03 EST
Updated: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:19:03 EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington theater with a long history of incubating Broadway-bound shows is getting a rebirth of its own while hosting a new world premiere from the creative team behind "Next to Normal" and the star power of "Rent."
The National Theatre is opening its first season under new management with a show that's already generating plenty of buzz.
"If/Then" reunites Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and director Michael Greif from "Rent." It's in the midst of its pre-Broadway tryout after weeks of technical rehearsals and tweaks. The new musical wonders aloud "what if" life could be different and follows diverging paths based on 39-year-old Elizabeth's choices and fate.
Producers say they wanted to open the show in Washington for its audience and because of the National Theatre's rich history.