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Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co Present

Next to Normal

From Thursday 8 January to Sunday 1 February 2015

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Musical Score by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed and Co-Produced by Darylin Ramondo
Co-Produced by Trish Carlon
Musical Direction by Alistair Smith
Lighting Design by Martin Kinnane

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Hit Broadway Musical

Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co willpresent Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co from Thursday 8 January after a wildly successful season in Geelong.

With poignant lyrics and a powerful contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life. Reprising her critically claimed role, Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), leads a superb cast as Diana, a troubled woman in danger of being engulfed by her past. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, Next to Normal challenges us to ask the question, ‘What is normal?’

Joining Natalie in the cast are some of Australia’s finest musical theatre talent including Anthony Harkin (Avenue Q, Shane Warne The Musical), Alex Rathgeber (An Officer And A Gentleman, Fiddler on the Roof), Brent Trotter (Jersey Boys, Four Seasons In One Night), Kiane O’Farrell (Carrie: The Musical, 42nd Street) and Clay Roberts (CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Playing its Sydney professional premiere, Next to Normal was rated the Theatre People’s Choice for the number one production over its two-week Geelong season and Director Darylin Ramondo is excited to introduce this critically acclaimed production to a Sydney audience.

“We are thrilled to have Doorstep Arts’ production of Next to Normal is part of the line up Hayes Theatre Co for 2015. Next to Normal is a powerful piece of modern music theatre that manages to touch the heart and soul of those who see it. Though it’s subject matter is complex, it is intelligent, witty and full of heart, and is beautifully conveyed by this exceptional cast, led by Natalie. Hayes Theatre Co has built a strong reputation for offering audiences an intimate theatrical experience and this production continues in that tradition. We cannot wait to introduce this extraordinary show to Sydney audiences”, said Director Darylin Ramondo.

Doorstep Arts do it so well that it could be renamed Next to Perfect
Stage Whispers
THE BEST piece of theatre I have ever seen …… Perfectly performed, perfectly directed and amazingly written
Theatre People
Next to brilliant… It’s something of a rollercoaster ride, one that leaves you feeling worked-over and exhilarated
Geelong Advertiser

Based in Geelong, Doorstep Arts is a leading independent theatre company committed to creating exceptional and innovative theatre. We relish in our enviable reputation for bringing contemporary musical experiences to our audience, for enriching the cultural identity of our community, and for promoting the artistic excellence of our city. Starring some of our nation’s most recognised performers, recent productions include the Australian premiere of Three Sides, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years.

Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave Potts Point
Dates: Thursday 8 January – Sunday 1 February 2015
Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 5pm
Duration: 2hrs 30 mins
Tickets: Adult $49.90, Concession $44.90*
*including booking fees