Centerstage feeling Next to Normal [Theater]

Next to Normal

Mental illness forms the center of the regional premiere Next to Normal, which will open for Centerstage this Thursday.

Next to Normal will take place on Sept. 6, 8, 10, 13, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. each night.  Shows on Sept. 9 will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. while the show on Sept. 16 is to happen at 2 p.m.  All performances will go on at Centerstage, located in the Jewish Community Center of Louisville at 3600 Dutchmans Lane in the Highlands.

Tickets for each show are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.  All tickets can be purchased at the door, online at the Centerstage website, or by calling JCC at 502-459-0660.  More information on Next to Normal can also be found by going to the Centerstage website.

Love and family are tested in the rock musical Next to Normal.  Diana Goodman seems like your typical suburban mother, at first.  However, she becomes more and more mentally unstable, leading to a doctor's office visit and a change in her medication.  The new medication works...until Diana decides to stop taking it.

Meanwhile, Dan, Diana's husband, worries about the marriage and his own depression.  Their daughter, Natalie, finds solace in a new love, Henry.

Tom Kitt created the music for Next to Normal while Brian Yorkey created the lyrics and book.  For Centerstage, the cast includes Melissa Shepherd as Diana, Jeremy Moon as Dan, Lauren McCombs as Natalie, Robbie Lewis as Gabe, Mitch Donahue as Henry, and Mike Fryman as Dr. Fine and Dr. Madden.

Next to Normal is making its regional debut following its successful run on Broadway of 733 shows from 2009-2011.  While there, it earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony Award nominations, including for best musical.

Following Next to Normal, Centerstage will present the musical Ragtime.  That production will run in October.

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(Image from Centerstage)