Idina Menzel, Tony-winning actress of Broadway’s Wicked and nominee for If/Then, will make her next New York appearance in Off-Broadway’s Skintight.
Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Joshua Harmon’s play will receive its world premiere under the direction of Daniel Aukin. The limited engagement will play at Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, with an official opening set for June 21, 2018 and ending August 26, 2018.
Skintight is explained as “a scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac (Menzel) turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what’s on the inside.”
Playwright Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) are reunited for Skintight, which was developed at Roundabout with support from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Menzel has been a part of the development process with the playwright since the first reading in January 2015. Skintight is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Idina Menzel is best-known for her Tony-winning turn as Elphaba in the 2003 musical Wicked, as well as her nominated performances in Rent (1996) and If/Then (2014). She voiced the character of Elsa in the Disney animated film Frozen, singing the Academy and Grammy Award-winning billboard-climbing “Let it Go.” She also made several recurring appearances on the TV show Glee as Rachel’s biological mother Shelby Corcoran. She’s also appeared in the films Rent and Enchanted, and in the Off-Broadway The Wild Party with a score by Andrew Lippa.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.