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If/Then: The Power of a Choice

                I really had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the Orpheum Theater to watch If/Then. A relatively new musical, I had never heard any of the music and only knew the basic premise of the story. My expectations were relatively low, but what I saw ended up blowing me away. If/Then proved to be an incredibly unique, entertaining, and powerful show with stunning visuals, a remarkably talented cast, and a beautiful set of songs. The story follows Elizabeth, a…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on March 11, 2016 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

No More Wasted Time- Come See This Show!

    If/Then is a modern, fast paced, and emotionally charged musical. Every aspect of this show was both beautiful and thought provoking, creating the stunning amalgamation that is playing now at the Orpheum theatre in Minneapolis.

    This show follows the potential life stories of Elizabeth, emphasizing how different life could be due to a single decision. Her big decision occurs in a park, and she has to decide what kind of person she wants to be. Whether she decides to spend time…

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Added by Emma Carlson on March 11, 2016 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Hate/Love

Walking into the Orpheum Theater Tuesday night, my expectations for If/Then were completely undecided. I had an open mind; ready to either be blown away, or completely disappointed. However, my final opinion after the last note was sung and the curtain was closed was rather indifferent. If/Then wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t extraordinary.

The concept behind the plot was intriguing, even if the story didn’t play out perfectly. A woman, named Elizabeth, in her mid-to-late-thirties…

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Added by Maddie Turk on March 11, 2016 at 12:02am — 2 Comments

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

George Mulder

If/Then

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

Jackie Burns may be the best touring actress there has ever been. On Broadway, Burns acted as the understudy for Idina Menzel in the leading role of If/Then. During the Broadway run, Burns played the role nearly 50 times, then took over the role for the first National Tour. Her ease and experience shows through her singing and connection to the character for the full duration of the show. She also…

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Added by George Mulder on March 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — 2 Comments

You'll Never Know Until You See This Show

           If/Then paints a vivid picture in its run at the Orpheum until March 13th. With music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, If/Then is about Elizabeth, played brilliantly by Jackie Burns who, after divorce, moves to New York City and is torn between choosing to live her life as Liz; searching for new adventure, or Beth; beginning her journey making professional associations. If/Then is a contemporary piece that relates well to our…

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Added by Anika Besst on March 10, 2016 at 11:12pm — 2 Comments

"You Never Know" How Great a Show Will Be

In our lives we face moments where our choices could change everything. If/Then dares to imagine the life of Elizabeth, a 38-year-old divorcee, after one of these moments. The decision she makes between two friends in a park determines whether she becomes confident and career focused Beth, or caring and nurturing LIz. If/Then follows these two timelines and the ways they intersect and diverge as Elizabeth tries to figure out…

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Added by Anne Boatman on March 10, 2016 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

If/Then: A Story of Missed Connections

It’s hard not to waver when one is cast in Idina Menzel’s footsteps in a role specifically written for her. Surprisingly, this was not the issue for the national tour of If/Then, playing at the Orpheum through March 13th. The show revolves around Elizabeth,…

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Added by Delia Grimes on March 10, 2016 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

If/Then

If/Then is a new musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt that explores the idea of how one seemingly inconsequential decision can take one’s life in completely different directions. As the show goes on, we see two possible scenarios of Elizabeth’s (Jackie Burns) life play out based on one small decision she makes at a certain moment in time. It always excites me to see shows that play with the form in which they tell the story, instead of using the traditional…

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Added by Heidi Wiese on March 10, 2016 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

If/Then Confuses and Amuses

     If/Then is a musical about life and how every choice you make can change your entire existence. It follows Elizabeth Vaughan (Liz or Beth) while she thinks about an important decision that could influence her future. With powerful music for powerful voices, a simple yet effective set of geometric shapes and projections, and a very confusing and frustrating plot, If/Then hit me like a ton of bricks.

     The…

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Added by Jolie Olson on March 10, 2016 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Always Starting Over!!!

I am one who loves musical theater. I walk out of almost every show with a smile on my face. When I walked out of the theater this time after just seeing If/Then my mouth was wide open, just in awe of what I had seen. I've never seen a show like it. It was hands down amazing and the most well done show I've ever seen. This is a new broadway musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 10, 2016 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

You could learn to live without this show

If/Then opened on March 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. This show is about a girl named Elizabeth who goes through her life and makes some big decisions. As an audience we get to see the result of each decision she makes. She is living two separate lives on stage. In one life she goes by the name Liz and in the other life she goes by Beth. She has the same friends in each life but there are are a few characters that only exist in one life due to decisions she has made. This crazy show… Continue

Added by Clare Judge on March 10, 2016 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

Here I go, Telling you how I enjoyed if/then.

Imagine knowing the outcome to two scenarios, one where you start out happy, but it soon dissipates, and the other where you start…

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Added by Claire Blonigen on March 10, 2016 at 7:36pm — 2 Comments

Here I go, Telling you how I enjoyed if/then.

Imagine knowing the outcome to two scenarios, one where you start out happy, but it soon dissipates, and the other where you start…

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Added by Claire Blonigen on March 10, 2016 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

This Show is a Sign

“If/Then” is a story following Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), as she moves back to New York City for a fresh, new start. Elizabeth meets her friends Lucas (Anthony Rapp), who insists she be called “Beth,” and Kate (played by Charissa Bertels at the performance I attended) who thinks her nickname should be “Liz,” and the musical evolves by following two separate paths Beth/Liz could have taken at the very beginning – either to stay in the park with Kate or to leave with Lucas. Initially, I was not…

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Added by Melissa Faust on March 10, 2016 at 6:41pm — 2 Comments

If/Then: Always Starting Over

Alyssa Huete

If/Then





After seeing If/Then on Broadway in New York City and being thoroughly unimpressed, one would wonder why this musical would ever go on tour. The story was hard to follow, the songs sounded too similar, and overall, the show was a big mess that had people leaving at intermission. Well, after seeing If/Then…

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Added by Alyssa Huete on March 10, 2016 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

"If/Then"

Act one of "If/Then" ends with a number called "Surprise!", which describes my experience perfectly. This is a fun new show that seems to have come out of nowhere. Directed by Michael Greif and featuring a talented cast, "If/Then" is actually two stories about one person: 39 year old Elizabeth (Jackie Burns). Recently divorced, Elizabeth moves to New York to start a new life. The show breaks into two plots after Elizabeth has to make a decision in the park: to be "Liz" and go with her friend… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on March 10, 2016 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

IF you don't see this show THEN you're missing out

What if, the questions every parent and every teacher tells us not to ask. What if I hadn’t sat next to that boy, what if I don’t pass that test, what if I didn’t go to school yesterday, how would my life be? The modern day musical If/Then, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, address’s the simple question of what our fate is…what if. 

 

            The show tells the story Elizabeth, a middle-aged women trying to find her purpose in the world. Elizabeth…

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Added by Aubrey Salita on March 10, 2016 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

A Bipolar Show

Parker Lehman

If/Then

 

A Bipolar Show

If/Then is a newcomer to the touring circuit. Written in 2013 Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) with music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot) the show follows Elizabeth (played by Jackie Burns) a 38 year old, recently divorced urban planner. The central premise (read gimmick) of the show is that it shows the aftermath of a simple choice and how your life can diverge with a…

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Added by Parker Lehman on March 10, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Let's Believe in Fate with If/Then

What if I never saw this show? Then, I would have missed out on laughs, tears, and overall enjoyment. Minneapolis was one of the many stops on the If/Then tour, and I was fortunate enough to catch one of the shows. Liz leads an impulsive life filled with love and death, while Beth leads a practical life stuffed with career advancements and loneliness. Both lives occur parallel and to the same person, and in the pair, Liz and Beth always find their one true love. As the audience we…

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Added by Natalie Juell on March 9, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

The Moment Exploded at If/Then

Leo Driessen

If/Then

            I walked in to the Orpheum theatre on the opening night of Broadway musical “If/Then” expecting a simple love story with an Idina Menzel look-alike struggling to fill the diva’s shoes who originated the role. I left the theater having seen, not one, but two love stories with an Idina Menzel look-alike, and thinking deep philosophical thoughts about the choices we make in our lives. Menzel’s doppelganger, Jackie Burns, made her…

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Added by Leo Driessen on March 9, 2016 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

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