Feb 24, 2011

"Next to Normal" Ticket On Sale this Friday, Feb. 25


Individual Tickets for Next to Normal Go On Sale Friday, February 25

CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2011) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the smash hit Broadway musical and Tony and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Next to Normal is playing at the Bank of America Theatre for a limited engagement April 26 – May 8, 2011.  Individual tickets for Next to Normal go on sale on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. 

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, reprises her acclaimed performance in the musical’s 36-week multi-city North American tour. 

Next to Normal also features Asa Somers (Dan), Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie), Jeremy Kushnier (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine) and Preston Sadleir (Henry).

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 Milazzo.

In 2009, 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.

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 unprecedented.

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 feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything 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 go on sale Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. and range in price from $37 - $125. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977-1710.  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) 775-2000.

The performance schedule for Next to Normal is as follows:

Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.

*Please note performance schedule is subject to change.

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