Next to Normal on Tour

Running Time
2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission


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BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Welcomes Julia Knitel & Erika Olson to the National Touring Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are pleased to announce that the National Tour of this Broadway sensation will star Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil), who will be joining a company featuring Liam Tobin (Gerry Goffin) and Ben Fankhauser (Barry Mann), with Curt Bouril (Don Kirshner) and Suzanne Grodner (Genie Klein). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Did Broadway Alum Brian Justin Crum Move On to AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Finals? Find Out!
by TV News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

After many weeks of competition, the 10 finalists for the 11th Season of NBC's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT were announced last night. (more...)

Getting to Know Australia's Favourite 'Girl Next Door', Rachael Beck at QPAC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

One of Australia's leading performers, Rachael Beck, returns to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this time with her autobiographical cabaret show, Rachael Beck - This Girl, in the Cremorne Theatre for two shows only on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016 Sharing the same name as her first solo album, Rachael Beck - This Girl, was created in 2014 for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and takes audiences on an intimate journey through Beck's life and career, featuring stories and songs from her album and her major career roles.One of Australia's leading performers, Rachael Beck, returns to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this time with her autobiographical cabaret show, Rachael Beck - This Girl, in the Cremorne Theatre for two shows only on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Lilli Cooper & More to Introduce 2016 Jonathan Larson Award Winner at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Introducing 2016 Jonathan Larson Award Winner Sam Salmond with a sneak peek at musicals in development, performed by a cast of Broadway's best including Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley* (Next to Normal, AMERICAN PSYCHO), Ato Blankson-Wood (HAIR, THE TOTAL BENT), Lilli Cooper**(SPRING AWAKENING, SPONGEBOB), Michael Linden (SPRING AWAKENING tour), Bonnie Milligan (GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER), Shakina Nayfack (Hulu's :DIFFICULT PEOPLE,' MANIFEST PUSSY), Larry Owens (FAT CAMP), Jon Rua (HAMILTON), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal), Taylor Trensch (CURIOUS INCIDENT, BARE), Barrett Wilbert Weed (HEATHERS, FOUND), Noah Zachary (POSTER BOY), and more to be announced! (more...)

VIDEO: Broadway Alum Brian Justin Crum Takes On 80's Classic on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Semifinals
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum continued his amazing journey on NBC's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT last night. Below, watch his performance of Tears for Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World.' (more...)

BWW Preview: SPRING AWAKENING Showcases Spectacular Cast, Dark Themes
by Trevor Durham - Sep 7, 2016

BWW Previews: SPRING AWAKENING Showcases Spectacular Cast, Dark Themes (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Opens 2016-2017 Season with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens its 2016-2017 with a show-stopping, regional premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride, an edgy and feel-good comedy by award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez. A young Elvis impersonator just scraping by learns life can be a real "drag" when he discovers an unlikely path to prosperity in this music-filled comedy about finding your voice. With a handbag full of catty humor, sequins, and stilettos (of course!), The Legend of Georgia McBride promises to deliver a whole new level of sass and spirit. Playing September 6-25, 2016. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. (more...)

Betsy Morgan, Kurt Boehm, Skye Mattox and More Join Arena Stage's CAROUSEL; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the complete company for Carousel directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. (more...)

Broadway Alum Aaron Tveit to Headline Legal Drama CREATED EQUAL
by Movies News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Broadway alum Aaron Tveit will lead Bill Duke's big screen legal drama CREATED EQUAL. Edy Ganem, Lou Diamond Phillips ('Longmire') and Greg Alan Williams ('Greenleaf') will also star. (more...)

Broadway Understudy Julia Knitel to Lead BEAUTIFUL on Tour Starting in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have announced the National Tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL will welcome Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil) beginning September 13 in San Francisco, CA. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Ensemblist Podcast Returns for a Second Season
by Ashlee Latimer - Sep 4, 2016

Known as 'the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out,' The Ensemblist podcast has become the champion of the unsung performance heroes and inner workings of the theatre world. Co-created and co-hosted by Nikka Graff Lanzarote (Chicago, Women on the Verge) and Mo Brady (SMASH, The Addams Family), the podcast has covered everything from the Gypsy Robe ceremony, to the audition process, to what it's like to be a Broadway babysitter during its first three years on the air. Now, following a successful first season covering the 'Ensemblist Essentials,' this past spring, The Ensemblist is entering into its second season (check out the first episode below!) and I sat down to talk with Nikka and Mo about how the podcast has grown, what it looks like to balance careers in the arts with being podcast masters, which Broadway ensemble they'd like to join, and more-check out the full interview below! (more...)

BWW Feature: Kevin Kuchar Discusses theBridge, Levine Music's Latest Educational Musical Theatre Program
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 3, 2016

This year, Levine Music is taking musical theatre education to the next level by offering a new program, called theBridge, in addition to its popular Pre-Professional and First Act programs. (more...)

Body Swap! Full Cast Announced for FREAKY FRIDAY World Premiere in D.C. This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere production of Disney's Freaky Friday. (more...)

Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose and More to Lead A BRONX TALE on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Producers Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, and Tribeca Productions have just announced casting for the Broadway premiere of A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. (more...)

Broadway and National Tour Stars Return to IN THE HEIGHTS at Theatre Under The Stars
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is thrilled to introduce you to the dynamic cast of In The Heights. (more...)

Cast Announced for Regional Premiere of Sting's THE LAST SHIP in Utah
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of The Last Ship, the semi-autobiographical lyrical musical by the world-renowned musician Sting. Sting wrote the music and lyrics; the book was written by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey. (more...)

Maria Dizzia to Replace Annie Parisse in Second Stage Theatre's THE LAYOVER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Second Stage Theatre just announced Maria Dizzia will assume the role of Shellie in the world premiere production of THE LAYOVER, written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip Cullman, on Tuesday, September 6. She returns to Second Stage Theatre after her acclaimed performance in the title role of Eurydice, during the company's 28th season. (more...)

BWW Interview - Broadway Alum Brian Justin Crum Talks AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Experience
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 30, 2016

Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum speaks exclusively with BWW about his experience on the talent competition and shares his hope that his performances spread 'a message of love' to the global TV audience. (more...)

Cal Rep Opens 2016-2017 Season with Arthur Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

California Repertory Company (Cal Rep) at California State University, Long Beach announces the opening of its 2016-2017 season with Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, directed by CSULB alumnus Jeff Paul. The Broadway production of A View from the Bridge recently received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Cal Rep's staging of this timeless classic runs September 23-October 8 in the recently renovated University Theatre. This intense examination of human nature - the dangers of obsessive jealousy, xenophobia, and homophobia verses the inherent instinct for survival - was a powerful comment on current events when it was written in 1955, and resonates still. (more...)

mad Theatre Announces Opening of SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

mad Theatre of Tampa, a resident musical theatre company at the Straz Center, is proud to announce their next production opening of the Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakeningon September 8, 2016 at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Fancy a Shave? The Human Race Theatre Company to Stage SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

he Human Race kicks off its 2016-2017 Eichelberger Loft Season with the smash hit Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - A Musical Thriller. Created by the Tony Award winning team by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and Hugh Wheeler (book) and based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond, this masterpiece of suspense invites audiences to attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. (more...)

Jennifer Damiano and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Stage and Screen Star Aaron Tveit to Play The VETS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Broadway, TV, and film actor and singer Aaron Tveit will play The VETS in Providence on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:00pm. (more...)

BWW Preview: Desert Theatreworks Discusses Its 2016-17 Season
by Audrey Liebross - Aug 25, 2016

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Palm Desert's 501(c)(3) community theatre, has received 64 nominations for the Desert Theatre League's 2016 Desert Star awards, the most of any company. Lance and Ron Phillips-Martinez, the spouses who serve as DTW's artistic director and executive director, respectively, sat down with Broadway World to discuss the company's nominations and its upcoming season. The 2016-17 season consists of two comedies, a murder mystery, two musicals, and a holiday revue featuring Frank Sinatra's songs: The Realistic Joneses, A Murder is Announced, Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Next to Normal. (more...)

Cassandra Murphy to Lead EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

For the first time in its history, EVITA, this revolutionary Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical is being produced by Cabrillo Music Theatre.  (more...)

Cast Announced for Detroit Public Theatre's Production of MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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VIDEO: Watch Broadway Alum Brian Justin Crum Advance to Semi Finals of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
by TV News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum delivered another showstopping performance on last night's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT to advance to the semi-final round! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - Aug 24, 2016

Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that is being staged at the Pico Playhouse. Michelle Lane and Harrison Meloeny were both in Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2015 production of Mary Poppins and have reunited to appear in this highly acclaimed production. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Rising Star Competition Announces Performers Advancing to Week 4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking it's next RISING STAR!  After a tremendously successful first season, Rise Bar's talent contest returns! The new summer installment will be on TUESDAY nights! (more...)

BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Aug 22, 2016

Bipolar disease most often occurs in women creating abnormal behavior patterns, and usually treated with drugs. In the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, the problem is presented via a wife and mother, Diana (Michelle Lane). Her behavior shows extreme mental instability, and the effects on her husband Dan (Nick Sarando) and teen daughter Natalie (Isa Briones) cause a serious rift in their ongoing relationships. Eventually a heartfelt loss from the past unravels that is at the core of the woman's suffering. Structured in a most unusual way, Next to Normal is akin to a rock opera, but it is not completely sung; there is intermittent dialogue. The most emotional moments, though, come through song, so the music by Tom Kitt and book by Brian Yorkey flow together smoothly, and with the three tiered open set and loosely structured staging, what occurs is an unparalleled musical drama. Now in the intimate space of the Pico Playhouse, the complex drama unfolds crystal clear with fine direction from Thomas James O'Leary and a marvelously skilled ensemble, all of whom sing and act their socks off. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford Star in Romantic Comedy BETTER OFF SINGLE
by Movies News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Aaron Tveit (GREASE LIVE!, Next to Normal), Annaleigh Ashford (YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, KINKY BOOTS), and an all-star ensemble cast star in BETTER OFF SINGLE. The New York romantic comedy hits select theaters and VOD October 7th. (more...)

Photo Coverage: (mostly)musicals Takes a ROAD TRIP at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

After a 3 month absence, (mostly)musicals made a long-awaited return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 15 with ROAD TRIP, the company's 18th entry in a series of themed cabarets. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the event below! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes PARAMOUR Star Jeremy Kushnier
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 22, 2016

Kushnier made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Ren McCormack in the 1998 production of FOOTLOOSE. He went on to star on Broadway in RENT, JERSEY BOYS, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. He was a part of the original New York company of SHEAR MADDNESS, and he can currently be seen in PARAMOUR, Cirque Du Soliel's first-ever Broadway production. (more...)

WAR PAINT Starring LuPone and Ebersole Closes Today in Chicago; Is Broadway Next?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2016

War Paint has become the most successful musical in Goodman Theatre's history, extended (for a second and final time) through August 21. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BAD JEWS to Launch 2016-17 at BBPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Black Box Studios presents the first fully­produced show of the 2016­-17 season, Black Box Studios' inaugural season of professional theatre: a new production of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (B'way 2016-­17 season: Significant Other), directed by Black Box Performing Arts Center's Artistic Director, Matt Okin. (more...)

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Cast Album Out Next Month; Preview 'Steal with Style'!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the cast album of the critically-acclaimed musical revival of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM from Roundabout Theatre Company on Friday, September 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Opens Up About NEXT TO NORMAL
by Don Grigware - Aug 19, 2016

ISA BRIONES was born Isabella Camille Briones in London, England. Her parents, Jon Jon Briones and Megan Johnson Briones are both actors and singers, and her younger brother, Teo Briones is also an actor. She began modeling in New York at the age of 3, and started acting when her family moved to Los Angeles in 2006. She is best known for her role in the film Takers, playing Matt Dillon's daughter. Isa is entering her senior year of high school, and is excited to be making her professional theater debut in this production of Next to Normal. School theater credits include: Velma in Hairspray, Brooke in Legally Blonde and Abigail in The Crucible. TV and film: "Takers," "Cutthroat", "Lonely Boy".  (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to Open 2016-17 Season with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens its 2016-2017 with a show-stopping, regional premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride, an edgy and feel-good comedy by award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez. (more...)

Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce 2016 Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $580,000, allow 15 productions extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run. Two more rounds of recipients will be announced later this year. (more...)

RED EYE OF LOVE Cast Album Featuring Kelli O'Hara, Brad Oscar & Josh Grisetti Out Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the cast album of the new musical comedy RED EYE OF LOVE on Friday, September 16, 2016. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) begins its 2016-17 season with the Diamond Anniversary production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Guido Balzaretti interpreta 'Soy Real' de CASI NORMALES
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 16, 2016

Como avance de la produccion que llegara a nuestro pais el año que viene, se presenta el tema 'Soy Real' (I'm Alive' de CASI NORMALES (Next to Normal) interpretado por Guido Balzaretti. (more...)

Village Theatre Sets 'Village Originals' Series for New Musicals in Development
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Village Theatre is excited to announce an unprecedented expansion to its Village Originals program of readings and workshops. The new Beta Series, headed by Associate Artistic Director Brandon Ivie, is a testing ground for musicals in the middle stages of development, consisting of a three-show series of performances throughout the year.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane of NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Cary Ginell - Aug 15, 2016

Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harrison Meloeny and Michelle Lane, two performers familiar to Cabrillo Music Theatre audiences (both were in Mary Poppins last year) about a fabulous opportunity to appear in the Pico Playhouse's new production of the Tony Award-winning smash, Next to Normal, in which Michelle will play Diana and Harrison will play Gabe. The show opens August 19 and plays through September 25. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Producer Kevin McCollum
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 15, 2016

On Monday, August 15, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum. Best known for producing Broadway mega-hits RENT, AVENUE Q, and, IN THE HEIGHTS, McCollum is also know for taking chances on smaller shows and shepherding them to Broadway. He brought THE DROWSY CHAPERONE to Broadway in 2006--it would go on to win five Tony Awards--and [TITLE OF SHOW] to Broadway in 2009. (more...)

LIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history - or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith's 'NOTES FROM THE FIELD' Sets Opening at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Just announced, Second Stage Theatre's New York Premiere production of NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION, the latest work created, written and performed by groundbreaking theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith with music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby and directed by Leonard Foglia, will open on November 2, 2016 at the Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Previews will begin on October 15. (more...)

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