NEXT TO NORMAL to Play at Damansara Performing Arts Centre

NEXT TO NORMAL to Play at Damansara Performing Arts Centre"Everything else goes away" as Next to Normal runs July 12-21 at Damansara Performing Arts Centre.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

The musical's cast features: Nikki Palikat as "Diana," Peter Ong as "Dan," Mae Elliessa as "Natalie," Joshua Gui as "Henry," Vale Wong as "Doctor" and Christian Palencia as "Gabe."

The creative team includes: Nell Ng (Director), Dennis Law (Music Director), Songfan Seah (Vocal Director), Melissa Teoh (Set Designer), Ee Chee Wei (Lighting Designer) and Terence Chong (Sound Designer).

For more information and tickets to Next to Normal, tap here.

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