Zoy Frangos as
Dr Madden/Dr Fine
Kiane O'Farrell as
Clay Roberts as
Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co will present Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co from Thursday 8 January after a wildly successful season in Geelong earlier this year.
With poignant lyrics and a powerful contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life. Reprising her critically acclaimed role, Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), leads a superb cast as Diana, a troubled woman in danger of being engulfed by her past. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, Next to Normal challenges us to ask the question, ‘What is normal?’
Joining Natalie in the cast are some of Australia’s finest musical theatre talent including Anthony Harkin (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages), Alex Rathgeber (The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC), An Officer And A Gentleman,), Brent Trotter (Jersey Boys, Four Seasons In One Night), Kiane O’Farrell (Carrie: The Musical, 42nd Street) and Clay Roberts (CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie).
CAST (Sydney production)
Natalie O'Donnell as Diana
Anthony Harkin as Dan
Alex Rathgeber as Dr Madden/Dr FIne
Brent Trotter as Gabe
Kiane O'Farrell as Natalie
Clay Roberts as Henry
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Darylin Ramondo Co-Producer and Director
Trish Carlon Co-Producer
Alistair Smith Musical Director
Jolyon James Creative Consultant
Martin Kinnane Lighting Designer
Sherree Nash Movement Consultant
WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS 2009
2010 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA
MUSIC BY TOM KITT BOOK & LYRICS BY BRIAN YORKEY
Critical response from Doorstep Arts' 2015
Sydney season of Next to Normal
“Doorstep Arts do it so well that it could be renamed Next to Perfect.”
“THE BEST piece of theatre I have ever seen …… Perfectly performed, perfectly directed and amazingly written…”
Theatre People *****
“Next to brilliant… It’s something of a rollercoaster ride, one that leaves you feeling worked-over and exhilarated…”
"With tenderness and nuance... the company creates a painful portrait of a family heaving under the pressure of mental illness...burgeoning companies like Doorstep Arts are crucial to the Australian theatre scene"..
**** The Guardian
“O'Donnell's warmth and raw honest appeal strongly... The cast works it heart out for Director, Darylin Ramondo"
"Taut import shows (Next to) Normal worth the wait"
****The Sydney Morning Herald
"This production of Next to Normal is a must see...."
Critical response from Doorstep Arts' 2014
Geelong season of Next to Normal
DOORSTEP ARTS WINS THEATRE PEOPLE PRO CHOICE AWARDS:
Next to Normal
BEST MUSICAL (LIMITED SEASON)
BEST ACTRESS (Natalie O'Donnell)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Zoy Frangos)