Next to Normal

Next to Normal

January 30-February 2, 2014

Arthur Miller TheatreThur-Sat 8pm

Sun 2pm

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.

Want more history and performing information on next to normal? Check the wikipedia site here.

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 by

tom kitt

book and lyrics by

brian yorkey

directed by

ron baumanis

production staff:

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