Broadway legend Idina Menzel stars in her first La Jolla Playhouse production, the debut of “Redwood,” a unique theatrical experience that explores a woman’s transformative journey amidst the ancient redwoods. Menzel portrays Jesse, a woman who outwardly has everything—a thriving career, a family, a spouse—yet battles a deep, internal despair. At a critical juncture, Jesse abandons her life to embark on a solitary drive, eventually finding herself in the old-growth forests of Northern California. It’s there, through an unforeseen encounter and a daring leap of faith, that Jesse’s path takes a pivotal turn. Amid the awe-inspiring redwoods, she discovers profound connections, an unexpected sense of belonging, and a pathway to healing.
Esteemed playwright and director Tina Landau (known for “Beauty”) brings this dynamic and visually rich narrative to life, complemented by an evocative score from Kate Diaz. Audiences will journey with Jesse through a mesmerizing realm of lush wilderness, fragmented light, and towering heights—a testament to nature’s power to heal, provided we preserve its beauty.
“Redwood” is an invigorating new musical that not only highlights Idina Menzel’s exceptional talent but also rekindles the thrill of adventure, promising to elevate your spirit beyond the canopy.