played by ALICE RIPLEY
Alice received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this performance, as well as a Helen Hayes Award. Alice's work includes nearly 20 years as an actor on and off Broadway. Side Show (1996) earned her a cult following and a Tony nomination for her portrayal of conjoined twin Violet Hilton. Alice also received Helen Hayes Award nominations for her work in Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare In Hollywood at the Arena Stage, Company at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim festival, and for the one woman show Tell Me On A Sunday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal (2009), however, is the piece that catapulted the character Diana Goodman into the hearts and minds of audiences. Ms. Ripley has written a hundred songs and she records and performs regularly with her band RIPLEY. She also works on canvases with mixed media and enjoys her YouTube “Sandbox” experiments with video and photography. Alice dedicates this performance to those people “still out there in the dark” – the audience.
played by ASA SOMERS
Broadway: Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires, The Rocky Horror Show. Off- Broadway: Next to Normal, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Burnt Part Boys, Once Around The Sun. Regional: Tall Grass Gothic (Actor’s Theatre Louisville), Man In The White Suit (NY Stage & Film), Hair (TUTS – Houston), Hedwig (Victoria – San Francisco). Television: “The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl,” “Royal Pains,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order,” “The Wedding Album,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Whoopi,” “The Sopranos.” Film: Ira & Abby, Never Forever (Sundance 2007), Clear Blue Tuesday. Yale Graduate. Asa dedicates his performance to the love of his life - his 6-year-old son Carpenter. www.asasomers.com.
played by CURT HANSEN
Curt is a Wisconsin native, and attended UW-Stevens Point. Broadway: Hairspray (Sketch, u/s Link Larkin), Next to Normal (u/s Gabe). Los Angeles (Center Theatre Group): Parade (Young Soldier/Frankie Epps). TV: “The Good Wife,” Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” (Dak Zevon). Selected NYC Readings: Mrs. Sharp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Giant and The Flamingo Kid. Love and thanks to his awesome family, Hay, the guys at BRS, and Mike at Principle Entertainment.
played by EMMA HUNTON
Emma is thrilled to join the national tour of Next to Normal. Past credits include Spring Awakening (Ilse), Next to Normal (Natalie Swing), Les Misérables (Young Cossette/Young Eponine) as well as numerous television and film appearances. Many thanks and undying gratitude to the N2N creative team and cast. All my love to Mom, Ta-da, Amy, Toran, D, and Jenn for creating a role I am honored to play.
played by PRESTON SADLEIR
Preston was most recently seen off-Broadway in Edward Albee's Me, Myself, & I. Other NY credits include Carrie: The Musical and Mrs. Sharp alongside Jane Krakowski. Regionally he appeared in Douglas Carter Beane's Give It Up! Training includes the BFA program at Brigham Young University. Love and thanks to Mom, the insanely talented N2N team, Russell w/ Regarding Entertainment & my J's. prestonsadleir.com
played by JEREMY KUSHNIER
Broadway: Footloose (Ren); Rent (Roger). National Tours: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Radames); Rent (Roger); Jersey Boys (Tommy). Regional: Chess (Freddie); The Full Monty (Jerry); Bright Lights Big City (Jamie); Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas). Film: "The Adulterer". Jeremy’s two independent CD’s can be found online at www.jeremykushnier.com. This performance is dedicated to his wife Jenny Lee and their beautiful daughter Nora.
played by CAITLIN KINNUNEN
Caitlin is beyond excited to be on tour with Next To Normal! Broadway: Spring Awakening (Thea). Regional theatre: The Secret Garden (Mary), Annie (Annie), Little Women (Amy), Wonderful Town, High School Musical, and Fairystories. TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sweet Little Lies,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Thanks to the Luedtke Agency and M, D, J, HH, K, M, and T.
played by PERRY SHERMAN
Perry is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful company. It's a rare gift to work on a show like this. He made his professional debut with the 1st Nat'l Tour of Spring Awakening. Before that, he attended CMU for Drama. This one’s for all the loves in my life, Mom, Dad, Kim, Grandpa Joe and Chris.
played by PEARL SUN
Lincoln Center Theater: Happiness. Broadway: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Off-Broadway/Regional: tick, tick... Boom! (Westport Country Playhouse), Walmartopia (Minetta Lane), The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse/NYTW) Yellow Wood (York Theatre), An Oak Tree (Perry Street Theatre). Regional: Long Story Short (City Theatre Pittsburgh/TheatreWorks Palo), Hello, Dolly! (Hangar Theatre), Hair (European tours). Pre-Broadway workshops: Harps & Angels, Legally Blonde and The Nightingale. For Mamma.
played by JASON WATSON
National Tour: Mamma Mia!, Jekyll & Hyde. Some regional favorites include: Jekyll & Hyde (J&H), Chess (Anatoly), Nine (Guido), Evita (Che), JCS (Judas), and West Side Story (Tony). Jason is originally from Colorado, but now resides in NYC with his beautiful wife, Kathleen, and their puppy, "Crazy" Mazie. He is also an accomplished photographer. Special thanks to Jason at KSR, Bernie Telsey, and love to his very own wonderfully "next to normal" family. www.jasonwatson.net & watsonphotonyc.com
Tom received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations (with Michael Starobin), for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the 2009 Frederick Loewe Award for dramatic composition and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Score. Tom is responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway and was also the string arranger on their most recent album, 21st Century Breakdown. Tom is also the composer of High Fidelity (Broadway), From Up Here (MTC) and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons). As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator for Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond, credits include 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore and Urban Cowboy. He is the proud leader of the Tom Kitt Band (www.tomkittband.com/), whose songs have been featured in film and TV.
Brian received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for Next to Normal. Brian was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal, and his work on the show earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score. Theatre credits include Making Tracks, which has played Off-Broadway and regionally, the musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet and the country musical Play It By Heart. Film and TV projects in development include the features Time After Time for Universal, Love Undercover for Pandemonium Films and Overture, Fashion Show for Parkes/ MacDonald and Paramount and Chase for Anonymous Content and Rosenzweig Films. He has directed Off-Broadway and regionally and for seven years was associate artistic director at Village Theatre in Washington state, one of the nation’s leading producers of new musicals. He’s a graduate of Columbia University, where he was artistic director of the Varsity Show, an alum of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and theWGA.
Michael also directed the Second Stage and Arena Stage productions of Next to Normal (Tony nomination). Recent work includes Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide... at the Guthrie, The Three Sisters (Williamstown) and Romeo and Juliet (NYSF at the Delacorte). Broadway credits include Grey Gardens (Tony nomination), Rent (Tony nomination) and Never Gonna Dance. Off-Broadway: Landscape of the Body, A Few Stout Individuals (Signature); (Obie),Satellites, Fucking A, Dogeaters Marisol, Pericles, Casanova, A Bright Room Called Day, Machinal (Obie) at NYSF; Boys’ Life, Spike Heels (Second Stage); A Very Common Procedure, The Distance From Here (MCC); Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons); Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout); and Beauty of the Father (MTC). At New York Theatre Workshop (Artistic Associate), he directed Cavedweller; Bright Lights, Big City; and the original production of Rent (Obie). Favorite regional productions include The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Street Scene, Tonight at 8:30, Once in a Lifetime (Williamstown); and Our Town, Sweet Bird of Youth, Boy, Randy Newman’s Faust, Slavs and Thérèse Raquin at La Jolla, where he was artistic director (1995-99).
Broadway: 2010 Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire and Drama Desk Award Noms.); 2006 Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award Noms.); The Addams Family; 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal; All Shook Up and Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nom.). Off Broadway: Saved (Playwrights Horizon, Lucille Lortel Nom.); The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!); Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla); Mambo Kings; The Marriage of Figaro (L.A. Opera); Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award Nom); West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging and choreographing on “So You Think You Can Dance: Canada” (CTV), “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), “The 14th American Comedy Awards” (ABC), “Triple Sensation” (CBC). Ovation Award for Empire: A New American Musical and four Dora Award nominations in Canada. Upcoming: Directing and choreographing White Noise(Chicago), Choreographing
1st National Tours: Memphis, Next to Normal and The Addams Family.
Mark was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on this production. Broadway: Talk Radio, An Almost Holy Picture, Death of a Salesman. New York: Boys’ Life, Next to Normal, Some Men (Second Stage); Distracted (Roundabout); Unconditional (LAByrinth); Richard III, Hamlet, The False Servant, The Mysteries (CSC); Satellites, Fucking A, Pericles, A Dybbuk (Public Theater); Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, (Public Theater at the Delacorte); Beauty of the Father, Iron (MTC); Hot ’n’ Throbbing (Signature Theatre); Eight Days Backwards, Brutal Imagination (Vineyard Theatre). 2008 Henry Hewes Design Award.
Broadway: The Little Dog Laughed. Off- Broadway: Hurlyburly (Drama Desk nomination), Next to Normal, Becky Shaw, Privilege, Show People, The Scene, Laughing Wild as well as The Corn Is Green. Jeff is also a fashion designer; his work has been shown at Bryant Park and featured in such magazines as InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as well as on the red carpet for many award shows.
Kevin was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on this production. Broadway: Hair (Tony nomination), Spring Awakening (Tony Award; also London, Japan, Korea,Vienna, U.S. tour), The 39 Steps (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), Passing Strange, Take Me Out, Hedda Gabler (Kate Burton), Sexaholix, The Good Body, An Almost Holy Picture. Off-Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; new work by Edward Albee, Eric Bogosian, Christopher Durang, Arthur Kopit, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee Jr., Neil Simon, Anna Deveare Smith and Paula Vogel. Concerts: Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, Audra McDonald (Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, Lincoln Center), Patti LuPone, Sandra Bernhard. 1999 and 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards, 2002 Obie for Sustained Excellence. www.ambermylar.com
Brian was a 2009 Tony nominee for this production. His Broadway designs include Grease, Curtains, Spring Awakening, Grey Gardens, Pajama Game, All Shook Up, Twelve Angry Men, The Look of Love, “Master Harold”…and the boys, The Boys From Syracuse, Fortune’s Fool, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Rainmaker, Little Me, …Charlie Brown, Cabaret, Triumph of Love, 1776 and State Fair. Off-Broadway, Brian has designed Saved and Bug, for which he won an Obie and Lucille Lortel Award.
Won the 2009 Tony Award for this production as well as the 2004 Tony Award for Assassins. Other orchestrations include The Grinch, The Glorious Ones, Adrift in Macao, Bernarda Alba, Spelling Bee, Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol, Hello Again, Guys and Dolls, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, In Trousers, Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance/Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down, Von Richtofen, the Public Theater’s La Bohème and Sunday in the Park With George.
Credits: Spring Awakening (Atlantic and Eugene O’Neill Theatre); Bright Lights, Big City (New York Theatre Workshop); Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse); The Marc Pease Experience (Paramount feature film). Composer/lyricist: Pretty Dead Girl (Sundance Film Festival), Sea Change. Lyricist: Le Rêve (Wynn Hotel Las Vegas), Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse). As a singer: the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company.
Broadway credits include Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Musical Director/Actor) and Legally Blonde. National Tour: Grease (also Korea, Macau). Off-Broadway favorites: Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver and Silence: The Musical! Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, Next to Normal at Arena Stage and nine seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Concert appearances: Frankie Avalon, Emily Skinner, Dana Reeve,Billy Porter, Carol Woods and Ken Page.
Recently as Music Director: Wicked (L.A., San Francisco sit downs and first national tour), Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), Vanities (Second Stage; cast album), Altar Boyz, Is There Life After High School? (York Theater). Numerous other shows and concert appearances throughout NYC and across the country. B.M. from NYU, M.M. from CCM. Dedicated in loving memory to my brother Chris.
National Tour: Rent, The Broadway Tour. Broadway: Cymbeline, Butley, Festen, Edward Albee’s Seascape, The Rivals, Next to Normal and Wicked. Shakespeare In Central Park credits include The Winter’s Tale and Romeo & Juliet with Michael Greif and As You Like It. Select off-Broadway credits include Saved, The Musical, Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, Burn This and The Long Christmas Ride Home, among many great gigs. He has worked extensively in the regional theatre. He is a proud member of AEA.
Broadway: Sunday In The Park With George, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cymbeline, The Light in the Piazza, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Wonderful Town. Tours: The Lincoln Center Theatre South Pacific, RENT: The Broadway Tour, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Off- Broadway: The Black Eyed, ¡El Conquistador! (NYTW), As You Like It (NYSF), BFE (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Paper Mill, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf. Graduate: Ithaca College Theatre Arts.
Broadway: The Country Girl, Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Royal Family, A Behanding in Spokane, Frost/Nixon, Les Misérables. Other New York: Kismet, 70 Girls, 70, Of Thee I Sing & BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares. Select Regional Credits: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Xanadu Live! For my incredible family.
David Stone is currently represented by Wicked and Next to Normal. He has produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Three Days of Rain, Man of La Mancha, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed, Lifegame, The Diary of Anne Frank, Full Gallop, The Santaland Diaries and Family Secrets. David serves on the boards of The Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. He also serves on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre. David has lectured on theatre at the Juilliard School, NYU, Yale, Columbia and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
President of the Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). He is the third generation of a family known for owning and operating theatres around the world as well as theatrical productions, cultural presentations and popular music attractions. Among Mr. Nederlander’s producing credits are Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen (special Tony Award), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’Out and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Current productions include Come Fly Away, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, The Addams Family and Race. Upcoming productions include a live show with magician David Blaine.
Broadway credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde the Musical, 33 Variations, Mary Stuart, Hamlet and in the West End, Piaf.A native NewYorker, Barbara is a proud alum of NYU’s Gallatin and Columbia University’s program in theatre management and producing. She is chair of the board of Play Group Theatre, a Westchester-based youth theatre company. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will.
Broadway: Next to Normal, Come Fly Away, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Times They Are A-Changin' and Sixteen Wounded. He has served as the associate to producer David Stone and 321 Theatrical Management for the past decade. Patrick is a graduate of Yale University and a member of The Broadway League.
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