About The Show

An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.

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Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Corey Lynn Howe
Musical Direction by Jan Roper
Produced by Paul Panico
Co-Produced by Michelle Lane
Casting by Kymberli Mckanna

Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century and its musical score one of the best original scores due to its graceful handling of its dark, complex subject matter and its moving and brutally honest exploration into pain. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Musical Score.

Next to Normal is winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles TimesThe Washington PostRolling Stone and The New York Times.

Next to Normal is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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Dr. Fine / Dr. Madden
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Casting Director
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Panic! Productions thanks all of its monetary and in-kind donors

Aaron Kirsch & Miriam Durrie-Kirsch
All Star Glass
Alliance for the Arts
Arthel Weibezahl
Bank of America
Barbara Mazeika
Brenda Miller
Brynn Hutchison
Cara & Tom Cohen
Craig Burritt & Associates
David & Camilla Beach
Dean Wein
Devotion Vodka
Diann Alexander
Eloise Cohen

Ericson Real Estate Group
George Lerdsuwanrut
Hummingbird Conservatory
Jeff Gibson
Jennifer Krainman
Jessica Herbert
Krainman Family
Marcy Reed
Maureen Burford
Melissa & Scott Strauss
Myrna Steiman
Of Note Productions
Paul & Lisa Panico
Paul Carpenter
Paul Cranmer

Paul Wong
Pletcher Family
Premier America Credit Union
Reggie & Kristi Reed
Robert Weibezahl
Russell & Margie Galipeau
Sandy McGlynn
Scott & Melissa Strauss
State Farm
Steve & Diane Perren
Tamarah Ashton
Togno Family
Tricia Small
Wayne & Sue Robb

Panic! Productions is a nonprofit community theatre troupe committed to presenting professional-level productions of musical and plays for the enrichment of its participants and the community.

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