Michael Greif (Grey Gardens, Rent) will direct the production that is scheduled to begin previews Jan. 16, 2008, and open Feb. 13 for a run through March 9. Tickets are now on sale.
Featuring music by Tom Kitt (High Fidelity) with a book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (Making Tracks), Next to Normal "explores the lengths to which we'll go to keep ourselves sane and our families in place," according to show notes. "In this over-stimulated and pharmaceutically-obsessed world, one almost average suburban family comes to grips with a long buried secret in this haunting and darkly funny new musical."
Ripley and James will be featured in the six-member ensemble with additional casting to be announced.
Currently appearing in Little Fish in Hollywood, Ripley has played on Broadway in Side Show (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, Sunset Boulevard, King David and The Who's Tommy. Other credits for the actress and recording star include Tell Me On a Sunday, Company, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Five Flights, Li'l Abner and The Baker's Wife, among others. James — who is slated to reprise his turn in Irving Berlin's White Christmas — was last seen on Broadway in The Apple Tree. Other turns for the actor include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success, Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers, The Wild Party, The Pavilion, Flight, Pardon My English and Floyd Collins.
Director Greif's productions have included Broadway's Grey Gardens, Rent and Never Gonna Dance as well as Romeo and Juliet, A Very Common Procedure, Satellites, Landscape of the Body, Mr. Marmalade, Spatter Pattern, The Distance From Here and Beauty of the Father, among others.
Tickets to Next to Normal at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, are available for purchase by calling (212) 246-4422 or online at 2ST.com.