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Photo Flash: Cast of Drury Lane's NEXT TO NORMAL Celebrates Opening Night

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the regional premiere of the recent Broadway sensation NEXT TO NORMAL, which opened last night, August 22 and will continue through October 6, 2013. NEXT TO NORMAL stars Jeff Award nominee Susie McMonagle as "Diana" ("Fantine" in Les Miserables on Broadway and the first National Tours of Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia) and Jeff Award winner Rod Thomas as "Dan" (Big at Drury Lane Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre at the Center).The production is directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek (Drury Lane Theatre's smash hit production of Spamalot and Jeff Award nominee for Best Director and Best Production for Thoroughly Modern Millie.) Check out a look back at opening night below!

The riveting story is an unconscious dissection of a "normal" suburban American family. Driven by a provocative score featuring more than 30 original pop/rock songs, the narrative digs into the household's foundation, unearthing skeletons of the past. This is a musical that asks the question: Can the seemingly perfect family survive an insurmountable event and tender the untenable? NEXT TO NORMAL is one family's unflinching, authentic and ultimately hopeful journey through the trials and tribulations of modern life.

NEXT TO NORMAL also stars Skyler Adams as "Henry" ("Claude" in Hair at The Paramount Theatre and The Adventures of Pinocchio at Chicago Shakespeare); Callie Johnson as "Natalie" (Saloon at Peninsula Players and Porchlight Music Theatre's Pal Joey); Colte Julian as "Dr. Fine"/"Madden" (Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater) and Josh Tolle as "Gabe."

The performance schedule for NEXT TO NORMAL is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($35), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($35) and 8 p.m. ($45), Fridays at 8 p.m. ($49), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($49), and 8:30 p.m. ($49), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($49), and 6 p.m. ($45). Lunch and dinner theatre packages range from $50 to $74 depending on the day of the week. Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $32 for matinees and $47 for a matinee luncheon package. For reservations call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, call TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visit www.drurylane.com.



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