Casting Announced for New Jersey Premiere of Next to Normal

News   Casting Announced for New Jersey Premiere of Next to Normal
 
The Premier Theatre will present the New Jersey bow of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal beginning March 23 at The Premier Room at The Berkley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park.

Directed by Mark Fleming with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala, performances will continue through April 1.

Jaime Mazza and Mary Lawrence will alternate in the role of Diana Goodman opposite Ryan John Sabatos as Dan. The cast will also feature Brandon O'Sullivan as Gabe, Rachel Cholowinski as Natalie, Nicholas Wainwright as Henry and Kevin Ray Johnson as Dr. Madden/Fine.

Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book/lyrics) authored the musical,  which concerns a mother battling depression and bi-polar disorder and also delves into prescription drug abuse, suicide, grief and the breakdown of an American family.

Next to Normal earned Tony Awards for Best Score (Kitt/Yorkey), Best Orchestrations (Kitt/Michael Starobin), Best Actress (Alice Ripley, who originated the role of Diana). It also received a Tony nomination for Best Musical and earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Premier Room at The Berkley Oceanfront Hotel is located at 1401 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. For tickets call (732) 774-7827 or visit www.premiertheatre.com.

The cast of <i>Next to Normal</i>
The cast of Next to Normal Photo by Matthew Whelan
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