next to normal is a Tony award-winning musical about a middle-class family, the Goodmans, as they cope with mental illness, loss, grief, and family relations. Almost entirely sung, the musical features searing ballads and rock anthems that evoke the emotional tumult experienced by each of the Goodmans as they attempt to cope with mother Diana’s bipolar disorder. The New York Times says “it’s something much more than a feel good musical -- it’s a feel everything musical.” next to normal contains mature language and adult situations.
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In conjunction with a new program at A2CT--Civic Engagement--, immediately following the Sunday matinee of next to normal, staff members from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at U-M's Depression Center and volunteers from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washtenaw County, along with the play's director, Ron Baumanis, and cast, will conduct a discussion and Q&A in the Arthur Miller Theatre. Please join us for this special session, where you can get your questions answered regarding mental illness and bipolar disorder, how if affects families, different treatment options and where research is headed in this field. This post-show discussion is free and open to the public.
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Music Director: Tyler Driskill
AD: Patricia Mazzola
Stage Manager: Meredith Tierney Gwynn
Costume Design: Susan Pearlman
Set Design: Ron Baumanis
Lighting Designer: Kent Sprague
Sound Design: Bob Skon
Technical Assistant: Zach Johnson
Properties: Felecia Hensley-Panicacci
Graphics Design/Video: Erik Wright-Olsen
Production Liaison: Cami Ross
Diana: Aynsley Martindale
Dan: Michael Smith
Natalie: Kailey Schneemann
Gabe: Samuel Plumb
Henry: Tyler Smith
Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine: Michael Joseph