Resident Cincy Staging of Next to Normal Begins Encore Run June 15

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The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, which produced the professional regional premiere of Next to Normal in September 2011, remounts the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical for a limited engagement beginning June 15.

Jessica Hendy
Jessica Hendy

D. Lynn Meyers directs the encore presentation that runs through July 1. It reunites much of the original Cincinnati cast.

Jessica Hendy, who has appeared on Broadway in Aida, Cats and Amour, stars as Diana Goodman opposite Bruce Cromer (Brother Wolf, Ace) as Dan Goodman. Cromer replaces Mark Hardy, who appeared in the 2011 staging.

Also returning are Mia Gentile as Natalie Goodman, Nick Cearley (All Shook Up, And Then I Wrote A Song About It) as Henry, Michael Schwitter (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Gabe and EST veteran Charlie Clark as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine.

Next to Normal has a Tony Award-winning score by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics).

The nearly sung-through rock musical examines a woman struggling with bipolar disorder and depression, as her family strains to hold its center. It takes a candid look at prescription drug abuse, suicide, grief and the notion of what a normal American family really is. Designing the production are Reba Senske (costume design), Brian C. Mehring (lighting design) and Chuck Hatcher (sound design). Next to Normal has choreography by Patti James and musical direction by Scot Woolley.

Next to Normal arrived on Broadway March 27, 2009, and officially opened April 15, 2009, at the Booth Theatre following an Off-Broadway run at Second Stage and a regional engagement at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. It ended its Broadway run Jan. 16, 2011. 

The Broadway production 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.

For tickets, phone (513) 421-3555 or visit ensemblecincinnati.org.

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