Catherine Porter Heads Cast of Geva's Next to Normal Starting Jan. 8

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08 Jan 2013

Catherine Porter
Catherine Porter

The Geva Theatre Center's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal plays the Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage Jan. 8-Feb. 10.

Directed by Scott Schwartz, the cast is headed by Catherine Porter as Diana, Bob Gaynor as her husband Dan and Cary Tedder as their son Gabe with Jordan Craig (Henry), Lyndsay Ricketson (Natalie) and Googie Uterhardt (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden).

Next to Normal features music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

"Diana seems to have it all: a handsome, loving husband and two talented, teenage children," according to press notes. "It is soon obvious, however, that life for Diana is far more difficult than it seems. She has been dealing with severe depression and delusions since tragedy struck her marriage nearly 16 years earlier. As she continues to seek countless treatments, medications and therapies to help her return to a normal life, her family begins finding their own desperate ways to deal with her illness and their own loss."

Next to Normal is a co-production with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre of Atlanta.

The musical director is Don Kot with choreography by Michael Jenkinson, and the design team includes Kevin Rigdon (scenic design), Sydney Roberts (costume design), Mike Baldassari (lighting design) and Clay Benning (sound design).

For tickets, which start at $25, call (585) 232-GEVA (4382) or visit www.gevatheatre.org. Geva Theatre Center is located at 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY.