"If/Then," which was written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the
Menzel has reaped significant publicity following her appearance at the
Since previews began earlier this month, "If/Then" has reported strong business at the box office. Last week, it grossed more than $1 million -- a robust figure for a new musical that hadn't officially opened.
Thank you, Adele Dazeem?
Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote that Menzel "brings an anxious intensity to a featherweight part ... she keeps tight reins on the volume until a smashing climactic lament in the second act." As for the musical itself, "neither plot ... is terribly compelling or distinctively drawn," he said.
Linda Winer of Newsday wrote that Menzel "doesn't have much vocal variety, but that sound -- soft, medium, loud -- has a lustrous integrity." The musical "gets a little repetitious and could be tightened up, but not enough to jeopardize the conclusion that the most challenging lives start over every day."
The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz wrote that Menzel "elevates the whole enterprise from a two-star review to respectable mediocrity... if Menzel wasn't around with her big belt and mellow warmth, there would be no reason to visit at all."
[Updated: a previous version of this post misidentified the reviewer for the New York Times article as Charles Isherwood. It is Ben Brantley.]