Sunset Players will be the first Greater Cincinnati community theater to present the Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal by Tom Kitt with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
“Next to Normal offers several firsts for Sunset Players,” explained show director Jerry Yearout. “The theater group is premiering the show in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is also the first summer show for Sunset Players and goes outside the theater group’s usual comedic fare into a serious musical.”
Next to Normal tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.
The cast for the Sunset Players’ performance includes real-life husband and wife (Jen and Jared Ryan) who portray husband and wife Diana and Dan Goodman. The entire cast is:
-Jen Ryan as Diana Goodman
-Jered Ryan as Dan Goodman
-Megan Callahan as Natalie Goodman
-Robert Breslin IV as Gabe Goodman
-Gregory Shaffer as Dr. Fine
-Luka Ashley Carter as Henry
Hear from the cast on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8d5CzMLpdqi1TkMf5qsfw17w7lrnlgNW
Show dates for Next to Normal are: July 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 & 26. All performances begin at 8 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for students, seniors or groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased through the Sunset Players website (www.sunsetplayers.org) or reserved by calling 513-588-4988.
Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. For more information, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.
Ages: Mature Audiences due to language and serious subject matter.