NEXT TO NORMAL, Starring Christiane Noll, Extends Again at TheaterWorks

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TheaterWorks announced today that NEXT TO NORMAL will extend again through May 14, 2017.

Tickets for the final week will become available Thursday April 6th at 10am by calling the Box Office 860.527.7838 or by visiting

Rob said, "I'm excited to announce that we will extend for a second time through May 14. We are thrilled with the response we are seeing. It is gratifying and rewarding to know that so many people are responding to this beautiful play."

The cast features Tony nominated Christiane Noll (Diana) and Australia's David Harris (Dan) in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama with music by Tom Kitt and book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

The cast also includes newcomers Maya Keleher (Natalie), John Cardoza (Gabe), and Nick Sacks (Henry). J.D. Daw (Dr Madden/Fine) is also making TheaterWorks debut. He has been seen in regional theaters across the country and worked with Rob this past summer at The MUNY.

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards, NEXT TO NORMAL is one of the most lauded musicals of a generation. This emotional tour de force features provocative lyrics and an electrifying score that includes more than 30 original songs.

TheaterWorks also announced that FADE by Tanya Saracho will run June 1 through June 30, 2017.



John Cardoza as Gabe
J.D. Daw as Doctor Madden
David Harris as Dan
Maya Keleher as Natalie
Christiane Noll as Diana
Nick Sacks as Henry

Director Rob Ruggiero
Music Director Adam Souza
Set Design Wilson Chin
Costume Design Tricia Barsamian
Lighting Design John Lasiter
Sound Design Ed Chapman
Choreographer Ralph Perkins
Sound Engineer Andrew Ferry
Stage Manager Kate J. Cudworth
Production Manager Bridget Sullivan
Casting Pat McCorkle LTD

Conductor, Piano - Adam Souza
Cello - Celeste Cumming
Violin, Keyboard - Anthony Galea
Electric & Acoustic Guitar - Billy Bivona
Electric & Acoustic Bass - Sean Rubin
Drums & Percussion - David Edricks

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm
Weekend Matinees 2:30 pm

TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl
233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103

All seating is assigned $60-$75
Student Rush w/ID $15 (subject to availability)
For tickets, call 860.527.7838

Talk Back Tuesdays April 11, 18, 25
TWOUT April 12


Christiane Noll (Diana) is making her TheaterWorks debut. She starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of Ragtime, receiving Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother. Broadway and National Tour appearances include Chaplin (Drama Desk Nomination), Urinetown (Ovation Award), The Mambo Kings (Broadway Try-Out), It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon and South Pacific(Australia/Thailand). She is a frequent guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including National Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch, Cincinnati Pops and Eric Kunzel, Jerusalem Symphony and Don Pippin, Philadelphia Pops and Peter Nero, Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Jeff Tyzik, as well as international appearances with Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, China Philharmonic with concert pianist, Lang Lang and orchestras in Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last pops performance with The New York Pops and more recently sang with Steven Reineke for Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. She made her Hollywood Bowl debut singing with Julie Andrews and her opera debut with Placido Domingo in The Merry Widow as well as City Center Encores! The New Moon, The Student Prince, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Premieres: Kid Victory, The Witches of Eastwick, Frankenstein, Ace (Helen Hayes nom), Call the Children Home, Little by Little, and Lizzie Borden. Film/Television: Sound of Music - Live NBC, The King & I (Singing Anna - Warner Brothers Animated Feature). Favorites: Closer Than Ever revival, Little Shop of Horrors, Mack & Mabel (Conn. Critics Circle Award), The Baker's Wife, INTO THE WOODS and CAROUSEL. She has made appearances with Town Hall's Broadway By the Year, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, at Feinstein's, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and Birdland. Solo Recordings: A Broadway Love Story, Live at the West Bank Café, The Ira Gershwin Album, My Personal Property and Gifts: Live at 54 Below.

David Harris (Dan) is making his TheaterWorks debut. David is originally from Australia, and moved toNew York in late 2014. His credits include USA - Anything Goes (Billy Crocker: Goodspeed), Les Miserables (Valjean: CT Rep). Australia - Miss Saigon (Chris: Helpmann, Sydney Theater noms), Wicked (Fiyero: Helpmann nom), Legally Blonde (Emmett: Green Room Award, Helpmann, Sydney Theater noms), Into the Woods (Baker: TheatrePeople Award), Beauty and the Beast(Beast), The Boy From Oz (Greg), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Little Women (John Brooke), Gutenberg the musical (Bud), The Pajama Game (Prez), Mamma Mia (u/s Sky/Eddie). International - Wicked Asia (Fiyero) TV/Film - South Pacific (telemovie), Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Rescue Special Ops. Concert - Do You Hear The People Sing?, Defying Gravity - Songs of Stephen Schwartz, An Evening with Lea Salonga, Andrew Lippa and Friends, and Michael Ball - In Concert. @DavidHarrisOz

John Cardoza (Gabe) is thrilled to be making his TheaterWorks debut in NEXT TO NORMAL. John was recently seen in the west coast premier of the new musical October Sky at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Other regional credits include Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, and La Cage Aux Folles at the Summer Repertory Theater. John is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory (B.F.A. Musical Theater, 2016). Much love and thanks to the incredible team at The Mine, along with his incredible support system of family and friends who make all things possible. @johnfcardoza

J.D. Daw (Doctor Madden) is making his TheaterWorks debut. This past fall he played Sir Dennis Galahad in Spamalot at North Shore Music Theatre and worked with Rob this past summer at The Muny in St. Louis playing the quartet's tenor, Jacey, in Rob's production of The Music Man. J.D. played Jinx in Forever Plaid for the inaugural productions of both the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento and the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. Other regional credits: Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor) and Music Man (Jacey Squires), Sacramento Music Circus; Forever Plaid (Jinx) and Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor), North Shore Music Theatre; Smokey Joe's Café (Michael), PACS; Forever Plaid (Jinx), Casa Mañana; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 2), The Mountain Playhouse. J.D. has also been singing ?Frankie Valli tribute concerts all over the country including a couple sit-downs at the Flatrock Playhouse in North Carolina.

Maya Keleher (Natalie) is elated to be making her professional debut at TheaterWorks. She is Connecticut born and raised and a graduate of The Boston Conservatory (B.F.A Musical Theater). Huge thanks to Abrams Artists Agency and her amazing family and friends.

Nick Sacks (Henry) is making his TheaterWorks debut. He is thrilled to be telling such a beautiful story, alongside such wonderful people. He is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen in Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's The Bad Years. Other recent roles include Orpheus: Eurydice; Jerry: The Full Monty; Andrew Jackson: Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson; Romeo: Romeo & Juliet. He is a proud company member of Jennifer Jancuska's The BringAbout. He would like to thank his incredible family and awesome friends for all of their continuous love and support. Go Jags.

Rob Ruggiero (Director/Producing Artistic Director) has been a part of TheaterWorks artistic leadership for 23 years. He has directed over 50 shows, including Relativity, Sex with Strangers, THIRD, Good People, Christmas on the Rocks, Annapurna, The Other Place and Time Stands Still. Rob has earned national recognition for his work on plays and musicals. His Broadway credits include Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance) and High (starring Kathleen Turner). Off-Broadway, he conceived and directed the original musical revue entitled Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (Nominated for the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle Awards). Rob conceived and directed the world premiere musical portrait of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Ella, which was seen on more than 24 regional theater stages from 2005-2010 before beginning a National Tour. His work has received multiple awards and recognition here in Connecticut, as well as in other cities around the United States. Rob most recently directed La Cage aux Folles, his ninth collaboration with Goodspeed Musicals where he also directed highly successful productions of Fiddler on the Roof (Connecticut Critic's Circle Award for Best Direction), The Most Happy Fella (Connecticut Critic's Circle Award for Best Direction), Carousel (Broadway World Award), Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Big River, 1776 and a new adaptation of Show Boat (Connecticut Critic's Circle Award for Best Direction). This new version is now being licensed by the Rogers & Hammerstein Organization.

Celebrating its 31st season, TheaterWorks produces high quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to our audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. Founded in 1985 by Steve Campo, TheaterWorks has produced over 130 plays and presents approximately 225 performances per season. TheaterWorks also owns and manages the historic 1927-built property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts also provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of non-profit arts organizations.

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