Oct 27, 2010

Next to Normal is part of the 2011 Broadway In Chicago Spring Season Series

CHICAGO (October 21, 2010) – Alice Ripley, who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a
Musical for her performance in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award‐winning Next to Normal, will
reprise her acclaimed performance in the musical’s 36‐week multi‐city North American tour. Next to
Normal will play the Bank of America Theatre April 26 – May 8, 2011.
Next to Normal also features Asa Somers (Dan), Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie),
Jeremy Kushnier (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine) and Preston Sadleir (Henry).
“As our New York production continues its acclaimed run on Broadway, we are very excited to gear up
for the national tour of Next to Normal,” stated the show’s producer, David Stone. “We look forward to
bringing this contemporary and emotionally powerful musical to cities across the country and to giving
audiences outside of New York the opportunity to see Alice Ripley’s legendary, Tony‐winning
With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a
family trying to take care of themselves and each other.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards, Next to Normal features
music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, musical staging by Sergio Trujillo, and direction by
Michael Greif. The creative team also includes Mark Wendland (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume
design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), and Brian Ronan (sound design). Musical direction is by Bryan
Perri, orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, and vocal arrangements by AnnMarie
Next to Normal was chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by The New York Times, The Washington Post,
The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, New York Daily News, The Bergen Record, and NY1 – more
than any other musical from that season.
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Next to Normal has had a surprising and highly unlikely route to Broadway. The musical originally
opened at Off‐Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre on February 13, 2008. The producer, David Stone, who
had been guiding the musical since 2005, took the unexpected step of bringing the show to Washington
D.C.’s Arena Stage where it was significantly reworked, and then back to New York and to Broadway,
where it opened to rave reviews on April 15, 2009. This unusual trajectory from a New York Off‐
Broadway premiere to an out‐of‐town regional theatre engagement and then back to New York is
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Next to Normal “a brave, breathtaking musical. A work of
muscular grace and power. It is something much more than a feelgood
musical; it is a feeleverything
musical.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone raves, “Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in
Next to Normal. It is the best musical of the season by a mile. Next time you think the Broadway
musical is dead, head off to Next to Normal. It’ll pin you to your seat.” And Peter Marks of The
Washington Post calls it “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It
is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story – and simply get to the heart.
Next to Normal strikes a blow for the American musical’s future each night.”
Next to Normal is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo,
and Second Stage Theatre.
Individual tickets for Next to Normal will go on sale in early 2011. Next to Normal is part of the 2011
Broadway In Chicago Spring Season Series. 2011 Broadway In Chicago Spring Season Series
ticket holders will receive a multitude of special benefits, including savings up to 64%, priority seating
at each venue, ticket exchange privileges, pre‐paid and discounted parking, access to gift cards to give
tickets as gifts, as well as the first opportunity to purchase additional tickets to future Broadway In
Chicago productions, including those not currently listed in the 2011 Season Series. 2011 Season
Series subscription packages are on sale now, and are available by logging onto
www.BroadwayInChicago.com or calling the Season Ticket Hotline at (312) 977‐1717.
Groups of 15 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling (312) 977‐1710. Gift
certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained
at Broadway In Chicago box offices, www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800)


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