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Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway

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The new musical Next to Normal officially opened on Broadway on April 15th. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there as the cast celebrated opening night at the Edison Balroom.

Starring Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, Adam Chanler-Berat, and Louis Hobson, Next to Normal features music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Grey Gardens), the musical officially opens on April 15. Next to Normal is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, and Second Stage Theatre.

Next to Normal opened at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre on February 13, 2008 and was significantly reworked in a subsequent out-of-town run at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage, where it opened on December 10, 2008. The musical's unusual trajectory from a New York Off-Broadway premiere to an out-of-town regional theatre engagement and then back to Broadway is unprecedented.

In his review of the Arena Stage production, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, wrote, "Next to Normal is a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical, sung with a wallop by an astonishing cast and dexterously directed by Michael Greif. Writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have stocked the musical with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story- and simply get to the heart." And Jayne Blanchard in The Washington Times called the show, "A transcendent production of a powerful new American musical with a bristling, contemporary rock score, smart lyrics and raw energy. "

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.

The Next to Normal Original Cast Recording is available on Ghostlight Records online and will be available in stores on May 12.

Next to Normal received five Helen Hayes Award nominations for its Arena Stage engagement, including Outstanding Non-Resident Production, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production (Alice Ripley), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production (J. Robert Spencer), and Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production (Aaron Tveit and Jennifer Damiano).

For its sold-out Second Stage Theatre engagement, Next to Normal won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score and also received the following accolades: Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actor (Aaron Tveit), and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Adams); Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Music; Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley); and a Drama League nomination for Outstanding Musical, among others.

There will be a limited number of $25.00 rush tickets available in the front row and in the boxes for each performance.

These rush tickets, which are available to all patrons, can be purchased at the box office only, beginning at 10:00am the day of the performance (12:00pm on Sundays). There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.

Next to Normal plays at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th street) on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm. Tickets, priced $25.00 - $115.00, will be available at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

For more information please visit www.NextToNormal.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Michael Greif

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jenn Colella

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jenn Colella

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jennifer Damiano

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Louis Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Louis Hobson and wife Noreen Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Louis Hobson and wife Noreen Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Louis Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Louis Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jenny Lynn Suckling with husband J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jenny Lynn Suckling and J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Sergio Trujillo

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Sergio Trujillo

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Sergio Trujillo

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Sergio Trujillo and Kelly Devine

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Brian Yorkey

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Tom Kitt

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Tom Kitt

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Jennifer Damiano and Alice Ripley

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley and Aaron Tveit

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Tom Kitt, Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer and Brian Yorkey

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
Adam Chanler-Berat, J. Robert Spencer, Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley, Aaron Tveit and Louis Hobson

Photos: 'NEXT TO NORMAL' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
The cast and creative team of Next to Normal


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