PHOTO CALL: Andréa Burns, Chris Hoch and Nehal Joshi Star in Hangar's Next to Normal
20 Aug 2012
The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, will run through Sept. 1 at the Ithaca venue. Andrea Burns (In the Heights, Songs for a New World) and Chris Hoch (La Cage Aux Folles) co-star as Diana and Dan Goodman, respectively.
Tracy Brigden directs a cast that also features Nehal Joshi, Adam Fontana, Alison McCarten and Noah Plomgren.
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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.