A Pulitzer Prize-winning musical gets its West Michigan premiere with Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids on November 29, 2012.
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and original music by Tom Kitt, tells the story of suburban mom Diana, who struggles to battle her mental demons, brought about, in part, by bipolar disorder. Her husband, Dan, fights to keep both her mind and his family stable, even as Diana decides to suddenly go “off meds.” Their 16-year-old daughter Natalie, on the other hand, can’t seem to escape the shadow of her mysterious 18-year-old brother – who has a shocking surprise of his own.
Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, recipient of the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement award for Grand Rapids theatre, directs the production. Scott Patrick Bell will provide musical direction with choreography by Jolene Frankey.
The cast features Kelly Carey as Diana, Larry Young as Dan, Maggie Nye as Natalie, Jared Graybiel as Dr. Madden, Kyle Los and Duncan McCargar.
Next to Normal will be presented at 8 p.m. on three consecutive weekends, beginning November 29, at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Proceeds from a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. December 9 will go to the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.
Ticket prices begin at $24 for adults and $20 for students or seniors. Students with valid ID are eligible for $10 RUSH seating, based on availability, beginning one hour before the performance. Groups of 10 or more are also eligible for discounts. Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting the theater’s business office at (616) 234-3968.