Cast Complete for Upcoming Off-Broadway Musical Next to Normal

By Ernio Hernandez
11 Dec 2007

The complete cast has been announced for the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical Next to Normal — starring Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James — which will play Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.



Michael Greif (Grey Gardens, Rent) will direct the production that is scheduled to begin previews Jan. 16, 2008, and open Feb. 13 for a run through March 9.

Adam Chanler-Berat (Les Miserables), Jennifer Damiano (Spring Awakening), Asa Somers (Grey Gardens, Tabo) and Aaron Tveit (Hairspray) will join the previously announced stars Ripley and James.

Featuring music by Tom Kitt (High Fidelity) with a book and lyrics by Brian 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."

The design team will feature Mark Wendland (set), Jeff Mahshie (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound). Musical staging will be 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.

Recently seen in Little Fish in Hollywood, Ripley has played on Broadway in Side Show (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, Sunset Boulevard, King David and The Who's Tommy. Other credits for the actress and recording star include Tell Me On a Sunday, Company, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Five Flights, Li'l Abner and The Baker's Wife, among others.

James — who is slated to reprise his turn in Irving Berlin's White Christmas — was last seen on Broadway in The Apple Tree. Other turns for the actor include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success, Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers, The Wild Party, The Pavilion, Flight, Pardon My English and Floyd Collins.

Director Greif's productions have included Broadway's Grey Gardens, Rent and Never Gonna Dance as well as Romeo and Juliet, A Very Common Procedure, Satellites, Landscape of the Body, Mr. Marmalade, Spatter Pattern, The Distance From Here and Beauty of the Father, among others.

Tickets to Next to Normal at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, are available for purchase by calling (212) 246-4422 or online at 2ST.com.