Idina Menzel to return to Broadway next year in new musical REDWOOD
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:12 am EDT 06/13/24

TONY AWARD-WINNER

IDINA MENZEL

TO RETURN TO BROADWAY THIS SEASON IN

REDWOOD

NEW MUSICAL CREATED BY

TINA LANDAU, KATE DIAZ, & IDINA MENZEL

TO OPEN IN 2025

FOLLOWING SOLD-OUT RUN

AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

New York, NY (June 13, 2024) — Redwood, a new, original musical starring Tony Award-winner and multi-hyphenate performer Idina Menzel, will premiere on Broadway next year at a theater-to-be-announced, producers Eva Price, Caroline Kaplan and Loudmouth Media announced today. Written and directed by Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, with music by Kate Diaz, and lyrics by Landau and Diaz, Redwood is conceived by Landau and Menzel, with additional contributions by Menzel.

Reviewing its sold-out world premiere engagement earlier this year at La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Union-Tribune called Redwood "intimate, unique and breathtaking. It feels like the American Musical of tomorrow."

"I'm so thrilled to be returning to Broadway, and the fact that I get to do it with Redwood, a musical that means so much to me, makes it even more special," Menzel said. "This show has lived in my bones for fifteen years, from the very first time Tina and I discussed working together. Finally getting to do it on Broadway is really a dream come true."

Redwood is a transportive new musical about one woman's journey into the precious and precarious world of the redwood forest. Jesse (Menzel) is a successful businesswoman, mother and wife who seems to have it all, but inside, her heart is broken. Finding herself at a turning point, Jesse leaves everyone and everything behind, gets in her car and drives… Thousands of miles later, she hits the majestic forests of Northern California, where a chance meeting and a leap of faith change her life forever. With its deeply personal story, refreshingly contemporary sound, and awe-inspiring design, Redwood explores the lengths –and heights– one travels to find strength, resilience and healing.

Redwood was Originally Developed and Produced by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Debby Buchholz, Managing Director). Additional cast and creative team members for the Broadway production of Redwood will be announced at a later date.

Menzel will launch a career-spanning North American tour this summer, which will give fans an opportunity to hear a few songs from Redwood ahead of the show's Broadway premiere. To stay updated on the show's journey to Broadway, visit redwoodmusical.com and follow @redwoodmusical on Instagram.

Photo of Idina Menzel from Redwood available HERE

BIOS:

TINA LANDAU she/her (Book/Lyrics/Concept/Direction) is a writer and director whose Broadway credits include The Spongebob Musical (also conceiver; Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle winner, Best Direction and Best Musical, 12 Tony Award noms), Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, Bells Are Ringing (Tony noms), and the upcoming premiere of Paula Vogel's Mother Play with Jessica Lange (Second Stage). Tina has written and directed productions, including the musicals Floyd Collins (with composer Adam Guettel, Playwrights Horizons, Old Globe, Goodman) and Dream True (with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, The Vineyard), as well as Ms. Blakk for President (with Tarell McCraney, Steppenwolf Theatre), Space (Steppenwolf, The Taper, The Public), Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse) and Stonewall: Night Variations (En Garde Arts). Her Off-Broadway productions include Bill Irwin and David Shiner's Old Hats, Chuck Mee's Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0 (all Signature), Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas (NYTW), and many works by Tarell McCraney including Head of Passes, In the Red and Brown Water (both at the Public) and Wig Out! (Vineyard). Most recently, Tina directed the musical Transparent at CTG in Los Angeles. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Little Island in NYC and is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre, where her over 20 productions include McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays, The Time of Your Life (also Seattle Rep, ACT), The Wheel with Joan Allen and The Doppelganger with Rainn Wilson. Tina's work has been recognized by the Tonys, Drama Desks, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obies and many more. She teaches regularly and is the author, with Anne Bogart, of The Viewpoints Book.

KATE DIAZ (Composer/Lyricist/Orchestrator/Arranger) is an LA-based composer-songwriter-producer. A newcomer to musical theatre, Kate has written songs and scores for film and TV, as well as for trailers and commercials. She orchestrates, arranges and produces for herself and others, and is also a session vocalist and guitarist.

IDINA MENZEL (Jesse/Concept/Additional Contributions) has won a Tony, Obie, and Drama League Award for her work in the theater. Broadway: If/Then, Wicked, Aida, Rent. Off-Broadway: Skintight (Roundabout), See What I Wanna See (Public Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (West Side Theatre), The Wild Party (MTC), Hair (Encores). Regional: Wicked (San Francisco), If/Then (Washington, DC). Menzel also premiered Wicked in the West End, receiving the Theatregoers Choice Award. Film: You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, Which Way to the Stage? (Documentary), Enchanted 2: Disenchanted, Frozen 2, Uncut Gems, American Murderer, Cinderella, Frozen, Enchanted, Ask the Dust, Rent. TV: Beaches, Glee, PBS special, "Barefoot at the Symphony," (accompanying live album). Idina prides herself on the importance of new musicals creating original roles and promoting young composers. Thanks to the two amazing men in her life, her son Walker and husband Aaron, for their love and support. Thank you to the redwood for teaching us about resilience, patience, and nature's ability to help us heal.

EVA PRICE (Producer) is an NYCLU/ACLU honoree and a three-time Tony award-winning, and two-time Olivier award-winning producer. Her productions have garnered 6 Olivier Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, and 19 Tony Awards. Current: & Juliet (Broadway, 9 Tony nominations); Titanique (Off-Broadway, Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical) The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Touring Live Show, Disney +). Upcoming: Take the Lead (Paper Mill Playhouse). Selected credits: Redwood (La Jolla Playhouse), A Transparent Musical (Center Theatre Group); Mindplay (Arena Stage & Geffen Playhouse); Jagged Little Pill (2 Tony Awards); Oklahoma! (2 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, Best Musical Revival, National Tour, West End); Tina - The Tina Turner Musical; What the Constitution Means to Me; Angels in America (Tony-winning Broadway Revival starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield); Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards, 3 Olivier Awards); Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards) along with several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops; Kathy Griffin; Lewis Black; and Hershey Felder.

LOUDMOUTH MEDIA (Producer). Founded by Idina Menzel, Loudmouth Media seeks to amplify stories of empowerment, compassion, and acceptance through traditional and innovative storytelling mediums. Working alongside Head of Development, Stephanie Newman-Smith and Oscar-nominated producer, Caroline Kaplan, Loudmouth develops and produces content across all genres and formats by visionary creators with the message of embracing your power and accepting one's true self.

CAROLINE KAPLAN (Producer) is an Academy-Award nominated producer and executive producer of feature and documentary films and series. Her producing credits include Diane (directed by Kent Jones, starring Mary Kay Place), Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind (starring Richard Gere), Jim McKay's En El Septimo Dia, Letters to Juliet (directed by Gary Winick starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave), Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, After Yang (directed by Kogonada, starring Colin Farrell) and the Oscar Nominated Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, starring Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini). Caroline has been nominated for the Oscar, PGA, Bafta and Emmy and has been awarded an Independent Spirit and Peabody Award.
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