Currently running on Broadway, the cast album for If/Then scored the highest debut on the Billboard charts since the cast album for Rent was released in 1996. If/Then which stars Idina Menzel who also featured in the original cast of Rent has had quite a year voicing the character of Elsa in Disney’s Record breaking animated film Frozen. She made chart history as the first Tony Award winner for acting to have also notched up a top 10 single. Rent, The Book Of Mormon and If/Then are three of only four cast albums to reach the top 20 of the charts since 1980. The other?, Dreamgirls, which peaked at No 11 on the chart dated Aug 21, 1982. Purchase the If/Then cast album from Amazon. Watch Idina perform You Learn To Live Without from If/Then
In this production, the creative team and cast have clarified Jonathan Larson’s message. By returning to the Broadway roots, recreating the ambiance of the bohemian Alphabet City of the Nineties, and focussing on the narrative drive of the show, Rent becomes relevant. This is an admirable revival of a modern classic.