Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater

Catch the highly anticipated production at the National Taichung Theater.

By: Jul. 27, 2023

A re-imagined version of the 2009 hit Broadway musical “Next To Normal” by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey opened on July 22nd at Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater in association with Activa Productions, Wuming Chen, and Hsiaoli Wu. The show, running now through July 30th, is performed in English with Mandarin subtitles. Get a glimpse of this national premiere with production photos by LIN Yu-Quan. 

See photos below!

The cast features Taiwan native Ya Han Chang (“Sayonara,” “The Subtle Body,” “Eastbound”) and Ellis Gage (“James & the Giant Peach,” “Dani Girl,” “Far From Canterbury”), both known for their work on stage in the USA, as Diana and Gabe, respectively, Chi (Taiwan’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect… Now Change,” “Shemenayha!”) returning to the role of Natalie, having originated the part in the China premiere in Beijing (in Mandarin), local radio & television personality Francis Chia as Doctor Madden and Doctor Fine, Taiwan actors ERay Chiang (Taiwan’s “April Rain,” “The Fantasticks,” “I Love You, You’re Perfect…”) as Dan, and Sassoon Yang (Taiwan’s “The Fantasticks”) as Henry with swings Madeline Blue and Leo Chih-Hsiang Yen. 

Originally directed by Michael Greif, “Next To Normal” is directed for Taiwan by Carolyn Sun, assistant directed by Hsing-Chun Hsu (also serving as choreographer), Ellen Lu (also serving as props master), and Leo Chih-Hsiang Yen (who provided all Mandarin subtitles). It is music directed/conducted by Yu-Mei Chang, joined by musicians Andy Coin, Gloria Chu, Nai-Han Jeng, Yun-Chieh Lee, and Hsin-Chuan Tseng and features scenic design by Hsuan-Hsun Cheng, lighting design by I-Hua Kao, sound design by Chien-Yang Tseng, costume design by Wen-Liang Chen, and hair/makeup by Natalie Hsieh, Cai-tong Xie, and Miao-Fang Wei. The production stage manager is Ching-Yu Hsieh, the technical director is Hung-Chan Lee, the master electrician is Hao-Tsu Ting, The marketing director is Ching Hui Chen, the graphic designer is Black.H, and production assistants are ITing Lin and Michelle Yang. 

Tickets can be purchased for the remainder of the run on the National Taichung Theater’s website linked below. 

https://www.npac-ntt.org/en/program/events/c-ESzhIUVo1Ye

Photo credit: Activa Productions

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
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Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Chi, Ellis Gage, Ya Han Chang, ERay Chiang as Dan

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Ellis Gage & Ya Han Chang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Ya Han Chang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
ERay Chiang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Chi

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Francis Chia & Ya Han Chang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Chi & Sassoon Yang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Ya Han Chang & Ellis Gage

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Ya Han Chang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Francis Chia

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Ellis Gage

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
ERay Chiang

Photos: NEXT TO NORMAL Debuts In Taiwan At The National Taichung Theater
Sassoon Yang, Chi, Francis Chia, Ellis Gage & ERay Chiang




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