In a significant move for the theatre world, the critically acclaimed musical ‘Next to Normal’ is slated for a transfer to London’s prestigious West End. This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, known for its poignant and powerful storytelling, marks another milestone in its illustrious journey.
‘Next to Normal,’ which premiered on Broadway in 2009, has garnered widespread acclaim for its emotive narrative and compelling score. The musical, with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, delves into the complex and heart-wrenching struggles of a mother battling bipolar disorder. Its Broadway stint was met with numerous accolades, including three Tony Awards and the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The UK audience had its first taste of this remarkable show this summer at the Donmar Warehouse, in a vibrant new production directed by Michael Longhurst. Sarah Crompton, a leading theater critic, hailed the musical as an astonishing, involving show.
The West End production boasts a stellar creative team, including music supervision by Nigel Lilley, scenic design by Chloe Lamford, and innovative lighting by Lee Curran. The team also features Tony Gayle’s sound design, choreography by Ann Yee, video artistry by Tal Rosner, musical direction from Nick Barstow, and Anna Cooper’s casting expertise.
Set to captivate audiences at the Wyndham’s Theatre, the show’s 14-week run commences on 18 June 2024, concluding on 21 September 2024.
Michael Longhurst, reflecting on the musical’s impact, shared, This is a story that touches the very core of human emotion and resilience. The reaction from the audience at the Donmar was profound, moving from tears to standing ovations night after night. The show’s powerful narrative and the team’s exceptional work resonated deeply, making it a highly sought-after ticket. We are thrilled to bring this experience to a broader audience in the West End.
The original cast at the Donmar Warehouse featured notable performances by Caissie Levy, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jack Ofrecio, Jamie Parker, Jack Wolfe, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox. The casting for the West End production remains to be announced, adding to the anticipation among theater enthusiasts.
This transfer is a testament to the enduring appeal and relevance of ‘Next to Normal,’ a musical that continues to touch hearts and stir minds across the globe.