Musical Next to Normal, with Ripley and James, Extends Off-Broadway Run

News   Musical Next to Normal, with Ripley and James, Extends Off-Broadway Run The new Off-Broadway musical Next to Normal has extended its run at Second Stage Theatre through March 16.

Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James co-star in the Michael Greif staging of the musical penned by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Previews began Jan. 16, and the show opened Feb. 13 for a run originally scheduled through March 9. The work now adds a week of performances.

Featuring music by Kitt (High Fidelity) with a book and lyrics by Yorkey (Making Tracks), Next to Normal "explores how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their world intact," according to show notes. "How does an almost average family navigate today's over-stimulated and over medicated world? In this darkly funny and haunting new musical, one suburban household confronts its past and its future."

Joining Ripley and James in the cast are Adam Chanler-Berat (Les Misérables), Jennifer Damiano (Spring Awakening), Asa Somers (Grey Gardens, Taboo) and Aaron Tveit (Hairspray).

The design team features Mark Wendland (set), Jeff Mahshie (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound). Musical staging is provided by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

Mary Mitchell Campbell serves as musical director. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt. AnnMarie Milazzo provides vocal arrangements. Tickets to Next to Normal at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, are available by calling (212) 246-4422 or online at 2ST.com.

The Off-Broadway production of <i>Next to Normal</i> with Brian d'Arcy James and Alice Ripley.
The Off-Broadway production of Next to Normal with Brian d'Arcy James and Alice Ripley. Photo by Joan Marcus