The New York Times reported, “After an Off Broadway run in 2008 and some retooling at a recent production in Washington, the musical Next to Normal is returning to New York – this time to Broadway – with previews scheduled to begin on March 27 and an opening night of April 15…The musical, budgeted at $4 million, centers on a woman with bipolar disorder (played by Alice Ripley). The music is by Tom Kitt (High Fidelity) and the book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (Making Tracks); the director is Michael Greif (Rent, Grey Gardens).”
(L-R) Aaron Tveit (Gabe), J. Robert Spencer (Dan), Adam Chanler-Berat (Henry), Jennifer Damiano (Natalie), (front) Alice Ripley (Diana), and Louis Hobson (Dr. Fine) at Arena Stage from the recent Arena Stage production.
Next To Normal was developed through our Village Originals program in 2005–back when it was titled Feeling Electric. Since then, the show has been a nominee and a recipient of a variety of awards–including the Outer Critics Circle awards and the Drama League Awards. Last winter the show ran off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater and recently concluded a critically acclaimed run at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Writer Brian Yorkey is Village Theatre’s former Associate Artistic Director and coincidentally the director of our recent production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
(L-R) Aaron Tveit (Gabe), Alice Ripley (Diana), and J. Robert Spencer (Dan) at Arena Stage from the recent Arena Stage production.
For those interested in skipping town or living near New York City, the show will run at Booth Theatre and we strongly recommend it!