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Next to Normal
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey | Music by Tom Kitt

     The story of Next to Normal centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The musical also addresses the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. The musical was the recipient of several accolades prior to its Off Broadway debut, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score and Drama Desk Awards nominations for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Virginia from November 2008 to January 2009.

      The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was RENT in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals."

      NEXT TO NORMAL has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century and its soundtrack one of the best original soundtracks in a musical due to its graceful handling of its dark, complex subject matter and its moving and brutally honest exploration into pain.

      ETC is excited to be able to present this show to our community, "how we grieve is such an important facet in our lives today, especially when we don't allow ourselves that opportunity as much as we probably should," mentions Garry Lee Posey who will be directing this production for ETC.

      Featuring musical direction by Terry Sanford and a cast that includes ETC veterans Ryan Laskowski (RUMORS, FALSETTOS), Kyle Dagnan (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, GODSPELL) and Normand Caissie (GODSPELL) along with community favorites Mary Beth Torgerson, Megan Cobb and Joseph Watts. Stage manager is ETC veteran Marcia Parks (RUMORS, Casting the Canvas)

  1. January 19
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    7:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
  2. January 20
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    7:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
  3. January 21
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    2:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
  4. January 26
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    7:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
  5. January 27
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    7:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
  6. January 28
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    2:30 pm
    5705 Uptain Rd
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