The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of the Broadway musical Next to Normal – which sold every seat at every performance across its season at Donmar Warehouse, where the production made its long-awaited UK Premiere – is to transfer to London’s West End.
It will begin performances at Wyndham’s Theatre on Tuesday 18 June 2024 for a strictly limited 14-week season (Press Night: Wednesday 26 June).
When the landmark musical debuted on Broadway in 2010, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called it “Brave and breathtaking. It is something much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” And Peter Marks of The Washington Post called it “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story – and simply get to the heart.” Next to Normal went on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of only 10 musicals in history to receive the prestigious honour.
Next To Normal is an intimate exploration of family and illness, loss and grief. At its heart is Diana Goodman, a suburban wife and mother living with bipolar disorder and haunted by her past. Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs this powerful rock musical.
Tickets go on priority on sale on Monday 27 November – sign up at www.nexttonormal.com. General on sale is Friday 1 December.
Michael Longhurst commented on the transfer: “Some stories pierce the heart of the human condition: Tom and Brian’s astonishing musical does just that – facing our deepest vulnerabilities whilst celebrating our capacity to endure. The outpouring of emotion from audiences at the Donmar was incredible: you could hear audible sobs before they surged to their feet every single night – like nothing I’ve experienced. Tickets were impossible to come by, so I am beyond thrilled that more people will now be able to experience the work of this extraordinary creative team.”
Next To Normal’s creative team is led by Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Brian Yorkey.
The creative team is rounded out by Musical Supervisor Nigel Lilley; Designer Chloe Lamford; Movement, Choreography and Additional Direction Ann Yee; Lighting Designer Lee Curran; Sound Designer Tony Gayle; Video Designer Tal Rosner; Casting Director Anna Cooper CDG, Musical Director Nick Barstow and Production Manager Chris Hay.
Was it worth the wait? Definitely, but you may need to want to watch something funny when you get home!
Alan Fitter, LondonTheatre1
Casting for the West End run of Next To Normal is to be announced.
Next To Normal is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander and The Donmar Warehouse.
NEXT TO NORMAL | LISTINGS INFOMATION
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Music Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics Brian Yorkey
Director Michael Longhurst
Musical Supervisor Nigel Lilley
Designer Chloe Lamford
Movement, Choreography and Additional Direction Ann Yee
Lighting Designer Lee Curran
Sound Designer Tony Gayle
Video Designer Tal Rosner
Casting Director Anna Cooper CDG
Musical Director Nick Barstow
Production Manager Chris Hay
Performances begin Tuesday 18 June 2024
Press night: Wednesday 26 June 2024
Final performance: Saturday 21 September 2024
Monday – Saturday performance at 7:30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm
Captioned Performance: Saturday 7 September at 2:30pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 14 September at 2:30pm