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Photo Flash: Bets Malone, Robert Townsend and More Celebrate NEXT TO NORMAL Opening at La Mirada Theatre

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the Southern California regional theatre premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, NEXT TO NORMAL, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, musical direction by Darryl Archibald and directed by Nick DeGruccio with musical direction by Darryl Archibald. NEXT TO NORMAL opened last night, June 1, and runs through Sunday, June 23, 2013. BroadwayWorld was there for the opening festivities and brings you photos from the curtain call, party and more!

Next To Normal is the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning, groundbreaking musical "that pushed Broadway in new directions" (Rolling Stone). With a thrilling contemporary score, Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.

NEXT TO NORMAL features Bets Malone as Diana, Robert Townsend as Dan, Tessa Grady as Natalie, Alex Mendoza as Henry, Keith Bearden as Dr. Madden, and Eddie Egan as Gabe.

The design team for NEXT TO NORMAL is as follows: The Scenic Design is by John Ezell. The Lighting Design is by Steven Young. The Sound Design is by Josh Bessom. The Costume Design is by Kish Finnegan. The Props Coordinator is Terry Hanrahan. The Casting is by Julia Flores.

NEXT TO NORMAL runs for four weeks through Sunday, June 23. Performances are 7:30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. There will be no matinee performance on Saturday, June 1. Talkbacks with the actors will be on Wednesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 19. Tickets range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available.

Photo Credit: Lily Lim

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The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL at curtain call

The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL at curtain call

The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL at curtain call

The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL at curtain call

The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL at curtain call

Gary Lewis, Jill Townsend, and Erin Lewis

Bets Malone, Robert J. Townsend, and Tessa Grady

Jill Townsend and Robert J. Townsend

JC Layag, Kaitlin McCoy, Bety Le, and Patrick Loyd

Jennifer Shelton and Todd Nielsen

Robert J. Townsend, Eddie Egan, Director Nick DeGruccio, and Keith A. Bearden

Steven Stanley, Caitlyn Humphreys, and Jeanette Dawson

Troy Magino and Darcie Roberts

Robert J. Townsend and Tessa Grady

Eddie Egan, Bets Malone, Robert J. Townsend, and Tessa Grady

T.J. Dawson and Jeanette Dawson

Bets Malone and Musical Director Darryl Archibald

Jill Townsend, Robert J. Townsend, Lewis Wilkenfeld, and Serena Wilkenfeld

Chad Borden and Robert J. Townsend

Tessa Grady and Tamara Zook

Nick DeGruccio, Serena Wilkenfeld, Lewis Wilkenfeld, and Darryl Archibald

Bets Malone and Keith A. Bearden

Tessa Grady, Robert J. Townsend, Bets Malone, Producer Tom McCoy, and Keith A. Bearden

Jeffrey Todd and Cassandra Murphy

Chelsea Baldree, Nick Adorno, Alex Mendoza, Tessa Grady, Nick Peters, and Salisha Thomas

Alex Mendoza and Tessa Grady

Kelli Provart, Gretchen Dawson, Jon M. Wailin, and Caitlin Humphreys

Alex Mendoza, Cassandra Murphy, and Harvey Guillen

Nick Peters, Jeffrey Todd, and Christopher Higgins

Calvin Remsberg and Roger Bean

The cast with Director Nick DeGrucio

Jon M. Wailin, Tamara Zook, and Jeffrey Todd

Director Nick DeGruccio and Lighting Designer Steven Young

Roger Bean and Chad Borden

The cast with Director Nick DeGrucio

Nick DeGruccio, Michael Arabian, and friend

Tom McCoy and Eddie Egan

The cast with Nick DeGruccio and Tom McCoy

Alex Mendoza and Tessa Grady

Nick DeGruccio, Tom McCoy, and Cassandra Murphy

Jon M. Wailin and Tamara Zook

Kelli Provart, Sabrina Miller, Keith A. Bearden, and Robert J. Townsend

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