PHOTO CALL: Kendra Kassebaum, Joe Cassidy, Jonathan Shew and Andrea Ross Are Next to Normal at Arizona Theatre Company
By Krissie Fullerton
23 Sep 2012
Kendra Kassebaum and Joe Cassidy co-star in the Arizona Theatre Company-San Jose Repertory Theatre co-production of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which begins performances Sept. 15 in Arizona.
Kassebaum (Wicked, Rent), who was most recently seen in the Broadway production of Leap of Faith, portrays Diana, opposite Cassidy (Catch Me If You Can, 1776) as her husband Dan.
The cast also features Jonathan Shew (Voca People) as Gabe, Andrea Ross (Whistle Down the Wind) as Natalie, A.J. Holmes (Young Frankenstein tour) as Henry and Mark Farrell (Loaded) 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 hangs in the balance.
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.