BoHo Theatre


Next To Normal poster

Next To Normal

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Linda Fortunato

August 20 - October 9, 2016

presented at Theater Wit

From the outside, The Goodmans seem to be a normal, average American family. But for the past 16 years, perfect suburban mom Diana Goodman has been struggling with family trauma, bipolar disorder, and hallucinations. The strain of keeping this locked up tight within the family now threatens to tear them apart. Because the harder the family tries to be “normal”, the farther they move from being true to themselves. Next To Normal is a complex rock opera that confronts mental illness, the power of grief, and the struggles that hide beneath the veneer of suburban life. Having taken Broadway by storm (Next To Normal won three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize), BoHo is eager to bring its trademark intimacy and focus on characters to this affecting and timely story.

  • Diana: Colette Todd
  • Dan: Donterrio Johnson
  • Dr. Madden: Peter Robel
  • Gabe: Gilbert Domally
  • Natalie: Ciera Dawn
  • Henry: Bradley Atkinson
  • Diane (understudy): Kyrie Anderson
  • Music Director: Ellen K. Morris
  • Asst. Director: Angela Alise Johnson
  • Scenic Designer: Sarah Ross
  • Lighting Designer: G. Max Maxin
  • Costume Designer: Rachel Lambert
  • Sound Design: Joe Palermo
  • Props Designer: Natasza Naczas
  • Stage Manager: Dalton Long
  • Production Manager: Lindsay Brown
  • Producer: Meg Love

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Rave reviews for Next To Normal:

"A warm and wise production... [with] stark but resonant staging... this production makes a good case that the show... deserves the kind of up-close look that the more-intimate environs of Theater Wit can offer." ★★★-1/2
Chicago Tribune

"A breathtaking production... musical drama at its very finest... a grippingly honest lead performance from Colette Todd"
Chicago Reader

"Linda Fortunato has beautifully and fearlessly directed this flawless production... multi-layered, hard-hitting excellence... This is the part that Ms. Todd was born to play... This may well be the performance for which Donterrio Johnson will be remembered for years to come."
Chicago Theatre Review

"There is much to admire about BoHo Theatre’s intimate rendition of this Pilitzer-Prize winning musical... deeply cathartic and even liberating... a beautiful work of theatre"
Chicago Splash Magazine

"There’s not a finer production of this sadly poignant musical to be seen"
Chicagoland Musical Theatre

Performing at: Heartland Studio, Stage 773 & Theater Wit
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 409267, Chicago IL 60640 | Office: (773) 791-2393
Rehearsal & Rental Space: 7016 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL 60626

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