PHOTO CALL: Andrea Rivette and Duke Lafoon Star in Virginia Next to Normal

By Matthew Blank
02 May 2013

Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, closes its 2012-13 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which began performances April 25 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Marjorie Arenstein Stage.



Directed by Virginia Rep associate artistic director Chase Kniffen, performances will continue through May 18.



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Andrea Rivette
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The cast will be led by Andrea Rivette (Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Jekyll & Hyde and Virginia Rep’s White Christmas) as Diana and Duke Lafoon (Westchester Broadway Theatre’s A Wonderful Life and Virginia Rep’s Doubt) as Dan with Christie Jackson, Terence Sullivan, Russell Rowland and John Mincks.

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal, according to production notes, "examines the powerful story of Diana, a suburban housewife suffering with bipolar disorder, and the effects of that illness on her family. This is the groundbreaking musical that leaves audiences astounded and uplifted at the difference that understanding, hope, and encouragement makes in our lives."

The creative team includes Kim Fox (music direction), Brian C. Barker (scenic design), K. Jenna Ferree (light design) and Sue Griffin (costume design). The original score is performed by a live rock band conducted by Kim Fox.

For tickets call (804) 282-2620 or visit www.va-rep.org or www.cadencetheatre.org.