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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, www.lamiradatheatre.com 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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