Next to Normal Will Now Play the Booth Theatre

News   Next to Normal Will Now Play the Booth Theatre Next to Normal, the acclaimed new musical that had been announced to play the Longacre Theatre, will now make its home at the Booth Theatre. Previews will begin, as originally scheduled, on March 27 with an opening on April 15.
J. Robert Spencer and Alice Ripley in Arena Stage's Next to Normal.
J. Robert Spencer and Alice Ripley in Arena Stage's Next to Normal. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Booth was the recent home of The Story of My Life, which ended its brief run Feb. 22.

In a statement Next to Normal producer David Stone said, "When the Broadway transfer of Next to Normal was being planned, my producing partners and I were looking for an intimate 800-seat theatre for this 6-person musical. We were happy to book the Longacre Theatre and were willing to make the concession of closing the balcony to create our desired capacity. However, when the Booth Theatre became available and was offered, we knew it was the right space for Next to Normal without alteration."

Michael Grief, who directed both the Off-Broadway and Arena Stage productions of Next to Normal, will direct on Broadway as well. The Broadway production will also boast the entire Arena Stage cast: Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson. (Ripley, Tveit, Damiano and Chanler-Berat were also in the Second Stage Theatre production.)

Next to Normal, according to press notes, is "a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. . . . [The musical] shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact."

Next to Normal was penned by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics). The Broadway production will feature set design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Brian Ronan. The creative team also includes Sergiio Trujillo (musical staging), Charlie Alterman (musical direction), Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt (orchestrations) and AnnMarie Milazzo (vocal arrangements).

Ghostlight Records will release the Next to Normal cast recording the spring at a date to be announced. Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records president Kurt Deutsch and Grammy Award winner Joel Moss are producing the CD.

Broadway producers are David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo and Second Stage Theatre.

Show times will be Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 PM.

The Booth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 222 West 45th Street. Tickets, priced $25-$115, can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com.

The Arena cast of <i>Next to Normal</i>: (top) Aaron Tveit, J. Robert Spencer, Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano with (front) Alice Ripley and Louis Hobson
The Arena cast of Next to Normal: (top) Aaron Tveit, J. Robert Spencer, Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano with (front) Alice Ripley and Louis Hobson Photo by Joan Marcus