“Next To Normal,” Pulitzer Prize-winning Musical, Continues Run at Elmwood Playhouse

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 Left to right Left to right Coleman Cummings as Gabe, Miran Robarts as Diana and Richard Goldstein as Dan
Left to right Left to right Coleman Cummings as Gabe, Miran Robarts as Diana and Richard Goldstein as Dan

“Next To Normal,” winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, continues its highly acclaimed run at Elmwood Playhouse through June 11, 2016.

With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and music by Westchester County native, Tom Kitt, “Next To Normal” chronicles the life of a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, and the effects it has on her family.

“It’s a rock musical. But more than that, it’s the story of how one person’s mental illness deeply affects all members of a family. The story resonates with audiences on many levels,” says director Deb Failla. “We’ve had a tremendous response from our audience each night, with our first two weekends experiencing sold-out houses at almost every performance.”

The production features performances by Miran Robarts (Mamaroneck), Richard Goldstein (White Plains), Katie Sondermeyer (Bloomingdale), Coleman Cummings (Manhattan), Tommy Mazzarella (Park Ridge), Alex Martinez (Briarcliff Manor), and Larry Gabbard (Norwalk).

“Next To Normal” debuted Off-Broadway in 2008, and won the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score. It opened on Broadway in 2009, and received eleven Tony Award nominations, winning for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Actress in a Musical (for Alice Ripley). It went on to win the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming only the eighth musical in history (at the time) to win that honor.

It is the fifth production of Elmwood’s 68th season. Tickets may be purchased online at elmwoodplayhouse.com, or by calling 845-353-1313.

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