He invites readers to sit in on rehearsals, crash the opening night party, spend time backstage mid-performance and tour some of the cast's favorite hangouts in sunny Sarasota.
Stacia Fernandez leads a company that includes Mike Backes as Gabe, Leo Daignault as Dan, Ashley Picciallo as Natalie, James LaRosa as Henry and Scott Guthrie as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine. Richard Hopkins directs.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal features music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
Next to Normal arrived on Broadway March 27, 2009, and officially opened April 15, 2009, at the Booth Theatre following an Off-Broadway run at Second Stage and a regional engagement at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. It ended its Broadway run Jan. 16, 2011.
The Broadway production earned Tony Awards for Best Score (Kitt/Yorkey), Best Orchestrations (Kitt/Michael Starobin), Best Actress (Alice Ripley) and received Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actress (Jennifer Damiano), Best Actor (J. Robert Spencer), Best Direction (Michael Greif), Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.
For more information about the Florida Studio Theatre's production of Next to Normal, click here.