Next to Normal, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about a family in crisis, opens Sept. 3 at Oslo's Norske Teatret. The Norwegian production marks the musical's first bow beyond the current Broadway production.
Svein Sturla Hungnes directs the Oslo staging that will be presented through Dec. 22. Next to Normal, which is performed in Norwegian, is produced in Oslo with a completely new creative team.
Heidi Gjermundsen Broch stars as Diana, a mother coping with mental illness. The role earned original Broadway actress Alice Ripley a Tony Award. The cast also includes Jon Bleiklie Devik as Dan, Frank Kjosås as Gabe, Charlotte Frogner as Natalie, Thomas Bye as Henry and Lasse Kolsrud as Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden.
Here is a first look at the production:
Next to Normal Makes International Debut in Norway
The prolific producer, along with frequent collaborator Neil Meron, was behind such musical-driven projects as Smash, NBC’s live musicals, and the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.