Los Angeles is getting an early Christmas gift in the debut of the Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning musical Next to Normal at the Ahmanson Theatre where it will run 11/23 to 1/2/11. The show which I saw on Broadway last year is simply brilliant. It’s an emotional rock musical that looks at the cracks in one family and the bonds that keep them together as they struggle with the mother’s mental difficulties. Reprising her Tony Award winning run on the national tour is Alice Ripley who’s a fantastic force of nature. I highly recommend this show (and then getting the original cast recording- it’s so good!). See it in LA or head to Broadway where it will be finishing its long run early next year. The original cast also included Tony nominees J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano (who will be in the big Spiderman musical opening late next year) along with Aaron Tveit who’s recently been seen in the film Howl, on Gossip Girl and at the Hollywood Bowl in Rent opposite Nicole Scherzinger. To get you in the mood check out a host of videos from the show and go see Next to Normal at the Ahmanson (or on Broadway). You won’t be disappointed.
Next to Normal at the Ahmanson
Next to Normal performance on the Tonys Awards “You Don’t Know”
Next to Normal pre-Tony Award Performance “Superboy and the Invisible Girl”
Next to Normal Broadway Cast “I’m Alive”
And on a side note, the handsome and incredibly talented Kyle Dean Massey is currently starring in the Broadway production of Next to Normal. Here he is singing “I’m Alive” at Broadway in Bryant Park
He’s also made an “It Gets Better” video to relate his experiences as an out gay actor who had suffered bullying growing up and has a message of empowerment and strength. Check it out below.