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next to normal is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics, and an electrifying score of more than 30 original songs, Next to Normal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.

BWW Interviews: So. Cal's Alex Mendoza Answers Our Silly Query While On Tour with MAMMA MIA!
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 9, 2014

So. Cal resident Alex Mendoza is celebrating a career milestone: he is now in the midst of his national tour debut as part of the traveling troupe of MAMMA MIA, that popular, crowd-pleasing jukebox musical now currently on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a special one-week-only return through April 13. To our delight he agreed to answer a round of our 'silly' questions... (more...)

Jeremy Kushnier to Helm 'Un-Ironically Enthusiastic Concert of Nerds' with Live-Stream Performance, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Jeremy Kushnier, Leenya Rideout, and Jarvis Darrell will lead an army of nerds on parade in the Un-Ironically Enthusiastic concert, showcasing original songs by original geeks featuring famous noobs and all the cool kids, on Saturday May 3. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Brett Ryback and Alexander Sage Oyen Visit Murderous Musical Mondays at MURDER FOR TWO!
by Jessica Gordon - Apr 8, 2014

The cast and creative team of the hit Off-Broadway musical Murder for Two are teaming up with some of New York's brightest up and coming composers and BroadwayWorld.com every Monday night for their spring concert series, Murderous Musical Mondays. Composers Brett Ryback and Alexander Sage Oyen contined the series on last night, April 7, 2014, immediately following the 7pm performance of Murder for Two at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street). BroadwayWorld brings you photos form the special concert below! (more...)

Alice Ripley Auctions Even More Unique Musical Theatre Memorabilia On Ebay
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2014

Following the success of the last auction, Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has kicked off yet another online auction featuring a wide range of intriguing musical theatre merchandise showcasing many remarkable shows from her long and unique career - Next to Normal, KING DAVID and beyond. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Recording Studio with the Cast of IF/THEN!
by Walter McBride - Apr 8, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, MASTERWORKS BROADWAY will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of If/Then. Produced by Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt and David Stone, the album was recorded yesterday, April 7 in anticipation of a June 3, 2014 release. BroadwayWorld was in the recording studio with the cast and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Ivan Rutherford and More Star in Drury Lane Theatre's LES MISERABLES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, will present the legendary musical LES MISERABLES, opening tonight, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and running through June 8, 2014. (more...)

NC Theatre & Broadway Series South Add NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT to 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

North Carolina Theatre, celebrating its 30th Anniversary as the region's premier non-profit, professional regional theatre, and Broadway Series South, the anchor presenter of First National Touring shows are thrilled to announce Nice Work If You Can Get It will be joining our sensational 2014/15 Season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The show will run January 20th - 25th, 2015. Subscriptions to the 2014/15 Season are now available to both new and returning subscribers. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Premiere DAYS LIKE TODAY, 5/6-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's World Premiere production of Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production runs May 6-July 13, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The press opening is May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Interview: Terrence Mann on Directing LES MISERABLES
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 21, 2014

Terrence Mann, director of the recent production of LES MISERABLES at Western Carolina University, reflects on Javert directing Javert, on listening to people audition in front of him with 'Stars,' and on collegiate versus professional productions (more...)

Uptown Players to Present Regional Premiere of THE LYONS, 5/2-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Uptown Players continues its 2014 season with the regional premiere of the Nicky Silver comedy, The Lyons. The production runs May 2 through May 18, 2014, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. (more...)

Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth Reaser and More to Star in Bay Street Theatre's CONVICTION World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Bay Street Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of CONVICTION (May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street's new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. (more...)

Alice Ripley Auctions Unique Original Art On Ebay
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 20, 2014

Following the success of the last auction, Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Alice Ripley has kicked off yet another online auction featuring a wide range of intriguing musical theatre merchandise showcasing many remarkable shows from her long and unique career - Next to Normal, KING DAVID and beyond. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 4/19-4/20/2014
by - Apr 20, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Sunday, April 20, 2014. (more...)

The Milburn Stone Theatre Presents NEXT TO NORMAL, 4/25-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2014

The Milburn Stone Theatre of North East, Maryland, winner of Best Theatre in the 2013 Broadway World Baltimore awards opens the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt (the creative team behind this broadway seasons IF/THEN) on April 25th, 2014. (more...)

SpeakEasy's Paul Daigneault to Receive 2014 Norton Award for Sustained Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

SpeakEasy Stage Company Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault has been named the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) announced today. (more...)

BRING IT ON National Tour to Play Ordway Center, 5/13-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that Bring It On: The Musical will perform on the Saint Paul stage May 13-18, 2014. (more...)

ALL THE WAY, Bryan Cranston, THE FLICK, ONCE, Andre De Shields and More Among 2014 Elliot Norton Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) has announced over 25 nominations of actors, directors, designers and ensembles to be presented at 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday May 19 at The Wheelock Family Theatre. (more...)

Broadway Sessions Welcomes Jessica Hendy and More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. Tonight, April 17th, Broadway Sessions goes #Hendynation with Broadway vet Jessica Hendy and more. (more...)

BWW TV: Allison Case, Adam Chanler-Berat, Patti Murin & More Preview Playwrights Horizons' FLY BY NIGHT
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2014

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Fly By Night: A New Musical, conceived byKim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents, the upcoming film The Giver) and Ms. Rosenstock, and directed by Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan and After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water). The cast met the press and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the company about the new musical. Check out what they had to say in the video below! (more...)

11th Hour Theatre Company to Present ALTAR BOYZ, 5/15-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

11th Hour Theatre Company presents its only mainstage production of the season, the hilarious, boy-band "holy hit" musical Altar Boyz running May 15-June 1, 2014 at The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts. With a book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, Altar Boyz is directed by Megan Nicole O'Brien with an ensemble cast of Robert Hager, Adam Hoyak, Billy Kametz, Michael Linden, and Nicholas Park. (more...)

IF/THEN Cast Album Tracklist Announced; Release Set for 6/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY just announced the signing of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of If/Then.Produced by Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt and David Stone, the album was recorded on April 7 in anticipation of a June 3, 2014 release. VisitMasterworksBroadway.com for more information. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In Rehearsal with Cast of Mixed Blood's PASSING STRANGE, Opening 4/25
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2014

Identity and racial politics form the foundation of PASSING STRANGE, one of the seminal musicals of our time, and Mixed Blood Theatre's production honors that epic rock legacy, with the added dimension of the intimacy and immediacy of the Alan Page Auditorium. With disparate styles that range from '60's Europop to '70's punk to '80's electronica, to gospel, soul, and funk, to musical theatre, and with a nod to James Brown, this Tony Award winner is a play within a rock concert. Eschewing preconceptions, this band's lead singer is a middle class African American Buddhist rocker ex-pat story-teller, sharing the picaresque journey of his youth via 24 songs. The play's title is inspired by a passage in Shakespeare's OTHELLO. (more...)

Trisha Rapier, Kathryn Boswell & More to Lead Human Race's PLAY IT BY HEART; Run Extended Through 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Human Race Theatre Company has announced the cast of its upcoming production of Play It by Heart, with music by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor, lyrics by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor and R.T. Robinson, and book by Brian Yorkey. The Preview performance is June 12, with Opening Night on June 13. The company has added six performances to the original run, which will now end on July 6. All performances are at The Loft Theatre at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Cast of Playwrights Horizons' FLY BY NIGHT
by Walter McBride - Apr 15, 2014

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL, conceived by Kim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents, the upcoming film The Giver) and Ms. Rosenstock, and directed by Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan and After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water). The cast met the press earlier today and you can check out a photo preview from the festivities below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Playwrights Horizons' FLY BY NIGHT Company Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Apr 15, 2014

Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Fly By Night: A New Musical, conceived byKim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents, the upcoming film The Giver) and Ms. Rosenstock, and directed by Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan and After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water). The cast met the press earlier today and you can check out full photo coverage from the big event below! (more...)

DUETS WITH THE WRITE TEACHER(S) to Play 54 Below, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents DUETS with The Write Teacher(s) on May 2nd at 11pm. The evening will be hosted by Lauren Marcus, and features the music of Joe Iconis, Rob Rokicki, Ryan Scott Oliver, and Zoe Sarnak. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 4/15- NEXT TO NORMAL
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2014

Today in 2009, Next to Normal opened at the Booth Theatre, where it ran for 733 performances. Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. (more...)

German Cast Recording of NEXT TO NORMAL Set for May 30 Release
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The German Cast Recording of 'Next to Normal' captures the exciting atmosphere and the incredible live energy of the German premiere production performed by a stellar cast directed by Titus Hoffmann. The CD will be officially for sale in stores, also for download on itunes and via Amazon.com from the 30th of May 2014. (more...)

Annie Baker's THE FLICK Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

It was just announced that the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded to 'The Flick,' by Annie Baker, a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage. For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, the recipient receives ten thousand dollars ($10,000). (more...)

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company & AngelWalk Theatre to Present Canadian Premiere of STARS OF DAVID, May 10-June 1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Angelwalk Theatre are excited to be working together in producing the Canadian Premiere of Stars of David. Fresh off its Off-Broadway run, this is the first major production of this exciting new musical, written by an all-star line-up of Broadway's best. (more...)

Broadway Sessions to Welcome Jessica Hendy & More, 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. (more...)

2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces More Productions and Readings, 7/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced additional productions and readings for its 2014 Festival. This year's Festival will begin July 7 and continue through July 27. An additional slate of concerts and other events will be announced shortly. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Dayton (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Birmingham - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Birmingham (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for South Carolina (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for West Virginia (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Bend - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for South Bend (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Boston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Detroit (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Raleigh (more...)

ShenanArts Presents NEXT TO NORMAL, 5/2-4 & 9-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Next to Normal is a contemporary family drama, about a woman's struggle with mental illness, and the effects of her illness on her family. At the opening of the show, Diana seems to have an ideal life ?she is educated, well-off, and happily married with two teenage children. But it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Diana has bipolar disorder, plagued with anxieties, mood swings and delusions that trace back to a family tragedy 16 years earlier and are growing worse with time. (more...)

Aronoff Center for the Arts Announces $25 Lottery Seats for AMERICAN IDIOT This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for AMERICAN IDIOT, which is playing its Cincinnati debut at the Aronoff Center with performances today, April 11-12, 2014. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Musical Theatre Rocks! AMERICAN IDIOT Tour Cast Sings Coldplay, Maroon 5, Madonna & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 11, 2014

The hugely talented national tour cast of Green Day-penned Broadway rock musical AMERICAN IDIOT showed off their penchant for contemporary music with a spectacular rock showcase earlier this month and an extensive collection of clips from the performance are now available to view. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 4 - April 11
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 11, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a peek inside the closing night party for Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!, a look at the IF/THEN and ALADDIN casts in the recording studio, and a first look at A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST! (more...)

MTC MainStage Presents THE FANTASTICKS, Now thru 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, concludes its 2013/2014 Season with 'The Fantasticks' a musical with book by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones and based on 'Les Romanesques' by Edmond Rostand. Performances are April 11 - May 4, Todays and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 2pm, at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green/Lower Level) in downtown Westport, CT. Tickets range from $25-$45 ($5 discount for seniors/students) and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Ivan Rutherford, Quentin Earl Darrington and More in Highlights of LES MIS at Drury Lane
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the legendary musical LES MISERABLES, now running through June 8, 2014. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Christ Makes Second Coming - This Time As A Pop Star - In DREAMSONG, Now thru 20 April
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Richard Sunday, pastor of evangelical mega-church DreamSong, is losing churchgoers to financial hardships fast - so he stages the second coming of Christ in the form of a highly profitable Christian pop star. DreamSong is an irreverent and audacious comedy that investigates questions of faith and spirituality through a wickedly satirical depiction of evangelical populist religion, politics and popular culture - set to a pulsing score of Christian pop and soaring power ballads. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Murderous Musical Mondays with Alexander Sage Oyen and Brett Ryback
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2014

The cast and creative team of the hit Off-Broadway musical Murder for Two are teaming up with some of New York's brightest up and coming composers and BroadwayWorld.com every Monday night for their spring concert series, Murderous Musical Mondays. Composers Brett Ryback and Alexander Sage Oyen continued the series on April 7, 2014, immediately following the 7pm performance of Murder for Two at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street). BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the special concert below! (more...)

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