Photo Flash: NEXT TO NORMAL Tour Cast Visits Musical Mondays

Photo_Flash_NEXT_TO_NORMAL_Tour_Cast_Visits_Musical_Mondays_20000101On Monday, December 6, cast members from the first national tour of NEXT TO NORMAL—now performing a limited engagement at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles—performed a brief set at "Musical Mondays," the Broadway-centric live performance showcase hosted by Scott Nevins and Ryan O'Connor at the Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood.

On hand were touring cast members Curt Hansen (Hairspray, Parade), who plays Gabe; Preston Sadleir (Me Myself & I, Carrie: The Musical) who plays Henry; and Caitlin Kinnunen (Spring Awakening) who understudies the role of Natalie (Emma Hunton was previously scheduled to appear). Hansen opened the evening with "It Takes Two," a song he's quite familiar with considering his previous experience playing the role of Link Larkin in Hairspray. Later, Sadleir and Kinnunen sang a duet from Side Show, no doubt in homage to their NEXT TO NORMAL co-star Alice Ripley, who is reprising her role in the Los Angeles stop of the tour.

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score, NEXT TO NORMAL, starring Tony winner Alice Ripley, continues at the Ahmanson Theatre through January 2, 2011. For tickets or additional information, visit www.centertheatregroup.org.

Photos by Michael Lawrence Quintos.

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Musical Mondays is co-hosted and co-produced by Ryan O'Connor and Scott Nevins and features video clips of Broadway and movie musicals before and after spotlight performances, spun by VJ Keith Jacobson PLUS live performances from musical theatre talent in Los Angeles, often featuring Broadway stars and performers from in-town national tours!

Musical Mondays occurs each and every Monday at Eleven Nightclub located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. Live performances start at 10 PM.

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Michael L. Quintos Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Art Director by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for The Men Alive Chorus since 2002. He's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various school musical productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment company clients, while spending his free time watching or performing in shows.

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