Idina Menzel to Return to Broadway in New Musical ‘Redwood’

Idina Menzel is slated to return to Broadway in 2025.

Menzel will appear in the new musical Redwood, which she co-conceived with Tina Landau, who directed the production and wrote the book. The show features music by Kate Diaz.

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The production will play the Nederlander Theatre, where Menzel made her Broadway debut in Rent, starting Jan. 24, 2025, ahead of a Feb. 13, 2025 opening.

The musical is slated to come to Broadway after premiering at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse in February. The show follows Jesse, played by Menzel, a grieving mother, who drives across the country to find solace in the woods of Northern California.

Menzel last appeared on Broadway in If/Then, which ran from March 2014 to March 2015. Her well-known Broadway roles include originating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked. She is also the voice of Elsa in Frozen and recently appeared in Netflix’s You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah. 

“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 15 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.”

Landau directed Mother Play on Broadway, starring Jessica Lange, and is also slated to direct Floyd Collins on Broadway in spring 2025. Her previous Broadway directing credits include The Spongebob Musical, Superior Donuts and Bells Are Ringing.

The musical is produced by Eva Price, producer of & Juliet and more, Caroline Kaplan and Menzel’s Loudmouth Media.

The Redwood creative team for Broadway includes scenic designer Jason Ardizzone-West, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, lighting designer Scott Zielinski and Jonathan Deans.

Ahead of the Broadway run, Menzel is planning to launch a North American tour this summer, in which she will sing a few songs from the score.

July 16, 8:50 a.m. This story has been updated with the theater, dates and additional creative team members for the production.

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