Next to Normal
The North Coast Repertory Theatre continues its 29th Season with the Pulitzer Prize-wining musical Next To Normal, about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other, with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The production opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 with a benefit performance for the cast and crew.
Next to Normal is the acclaimed, 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. The musical was the winner of three Tony Awards in 2009 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010.
The production is directed by Tom Phillips who has been involved in theatre in a variety of capacities since his elementary school days. Most of his experience has been right here in Humboldt where he has lived since 1967. The majority of those years in theatre were spent as an actor and playwright with "side trips" into stage management, set design, musical composition, and directing. Tom’s passion for directing came about as a result of those years spent acting and writing.
Phillips describes Next to Normal as “a rock musical focused on one family's difficulties and frustrations with the mental illness of one of the family members. It’s a unique musical, one that tackles a sensitive subject with compassion, humor, and raw honesty. I am certain that anyone seeing this production will not come away from it unchanged. I hope one would exit the theater enlightened and more sympathetic to the very real needs of fellow humans in these troubling times.” The production contains adult language and is recommended for high school age and older.
The talented cast features Andrea Zvaleko, Kevin Sharkey, Brandy Rose, Luke Sikora, Gino Bloomberg and Alex Moore. Scenery design is by Kyle Handziak, lighting design is by Calder Johnson and costume design is by Jenneveve Hood. Music Direction is by Dianne Zuleger. Daniel Kennedy will stage-manage the production.
Next To Normal opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 with an opening night gala that includes a champagne reception after the show. This performance will also serve as a benefit for the cast and crew. All seats for opening night are $18.00. The performance on Friday, May 24 will be a benefit for Arcata High School Drama Department; tickets are $20.00. The performance on Saturday, May 25 will be a benefit for Temple Beth El; tickets are $20.00. One more benefit performance, for Eureka High School, will take place on Thursday, June 13; tickets are $20.00. Regular ticket price of $18.00 for all seats will begin on Friday, May 31. The run will continue Fridays and Saturdays through June 22. There will be one additional regular Thursday performance on June 20. All evening performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be three matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays June 2, 9 and 16. This production contains adult language. NCRT is located at 300 Fifth Street, Eureka. For reservations, group rates, or more information, please call 442-NCRT (6278). www.ncrt.net.