PHOTO CALL: Next to Normal Australian Premiere in Melbourne

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Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal makes its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Dean Bryant directs a cast that features Matt Hetherington as Dan, Benjamin Hoetjes as Henry, Gareth Keegan as Gabe, Kate Kendall as Diana, Bert LaBonté as Doctors and Christy Sullivan as Natalie.

Here is a look at the production:

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

Next to Normal ended its almost two-year Broadway run Jan. 16, 2010. It earned Tony Awards for Best Score (Kitt/Yorkey), Best Orchestrations (Kitt/Michael Starobin), Best Actress (Alice Ripley) and received Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actress (Jennifer Damiano), Best Actor (J. Robert Spencer), Best Direction (Michael Greif), Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It was also awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performances continues through June 4. Visit www.mtc.com.au.


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