IF/THEN is a Broadway musical featuring the famous Idina Menzel. Let me tell you, she is so much better live in person than on television. That woman’s voice is heavenly. The octaves and ranges she can reach are incredible.
The plot is about Menzel’s main character, Elizabeth who just moved back to NYC after divorcing her husband in Phoenix. There she meets her old college friends, makes a bunch of new friends, and finds love. Elizabeth is all about weighing the possibilities of any and every situation, especially when it comes to her love life.
The first act jumps between alternate realties depending on which path Elizabeth was to choose in a certain situation. After a fifteen minute intermission, some great dialogue, dancing, and singing, Elizabeth finds herself in a situation where she doubts the path she chose.
Her life revolves around all these “what if’s” and not until the near end does she realize that’s not a way to live life.
I won’t tell you anymore details (don’t want to ruin it for you), but it definitely has a great life lesson. You can’t doubt your life and focus on your past’s “what if’s”. You need to focus on the path you chose and stick with it, no matter what pain or happiness it brings your way. Maybe its destiny; maybe it’s your own decision. Either way, focus on the future and your current path, not the other paths you’ve already passed by. If you do, you won’t be living your life to the fullest.
One thing is for sure though, if my boyfriend is serious about joining the army after he graduates just because he thinks it’ll be easier after four years of service to be able to get his dream law enforcement park ranger position, he needs to rethink his options. Because no way in hell will I be able to deal with him away for four years with barely any contact, where he’ll be in a war zone thousands of miles away from me. I’d go insane, thinking if he was killed today or the next day. I wouldn’t be able to handle that.
So, here’s the connection to Memorial Day. Not only am I thankful for my troops, but I greatly admire the families and friends that deal with their loved ones being in the military. Let us be grateful for those who have given their lives to our country.
And I might be selfish for this, but I don’t care, my boyfriend isn’t allowed to give his life to our country if it means it can be taken away. He’s supposed to give his life to me, as I give my life to him. It’s not allowed to be shared. He’s all mine.
So ending on a selfish note like this isn’t that great of a review. But, I would definitely recommend IF/THEN to anyone and everyone, especially the hopeless romantic.
Be prepared to tear up at some parts and laugh at others. I hope (but it probably won’t happen) that IF/THEN gets turned into a movie, so I can watch it whenever I want. That’s how good it is. A-
2014 (c) Jennifer Gioia