Next To Normal

5-22 September 2013
Drama Centre Theatre

 

Music by
TOM KITT 
Book and Lyrics by
BRIAN YORKEY
Directed by
TRACIE PANG 

 Starring

SALLY ANN TRIPLETT ADRIAN PANG JULIA ABUEVA NATHAN HARTONO JUAN JACKSON LINDEN FURNELL

 

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, NEXT TO NORMAL is an electrifying and exhilarating piece of theatre – “much more than a feel-good musical: it is a feel-everything musical. A brave, breathtaking musical!” (The New York Times)

NEXT TO NORMAL tells the extraordinary roller-coaster story of Diana (West End star Sally Ann TriplettChicago, Cabaret, Mama Mia!, among dozens of other shows), a woman battling bipolar disorder coupled with schizophrenic hallucinations; and her hapless husband Dan (Adrian Pang – Pangdemonium’s Rabbit Hole, Swimming With Sharks), who fights to keep her mind stable and his family intact. Things get even more complicated when Diana defies her Doctor (Juan JacksonCats, The Rocky Horror Show), and resorts to desperate measures.

Diana’s and Dan’s struggles put a strain on their relationship with their teenage daughter Natalie (Julia Abueva – Pangdemonium’s Spring Awakening), who is herself barely coping with her own growing pains and blossoming relationship with her boyfriend, Henry (Linden FurnellEdges). Meanwhile Diana has created a superhero-like image of her son Gabe (Nathan Hartono – Pangdemonium’s Spring Awakening) – who is not all that he may seem… “Normal” is not a word you’d use to describe this family.

NEXT TO NORMAL is a bold and beautiful musical that dares to deal with themes in ways that are profoundly moving and surprisingly comic, resulting in one of the most original and powerful pieces of theatre in modern times – and Pangdemonium is very excited to be producing the Singapore Premiere of this musical that is anything but normal.

 

“Any musical theatre company in the world would be proud to have produced this superbly professional production. An insistently excellent product. PANGDEMONIUM!’s NEXT TO NORMAL is electric with feeling, director Tracie Pang demonstrating acute control. PANGDEMONIUM! has always shown promise as a company – appropriately for their latest production, they are beginning to be insanely good. 4.5/5″- Matthew Lyon, The Flying Inkpot “Undoubtedly, the best musical of 2013! NEXT TO NORMAL’s extraordinary achievements will be unsurpassed by any other this year. Stunningly acted and sung, impeccably designed and sharply choreographed. Director Tracie Pang has mounted a splendid production. This reviewer left the show astonished and moved, wishing he could return to experience it all over again.”- Helmi Yusof, Business Times 

“Electric, authentic, savage, big-hearted, mad, alive, extraordinary! Another coup for PANGDEMONIUM! brought vividly to life by director Tracie Pang and an international cast… SMASHING!”

- ARTINFO South East Asia

“This gritty, heart-wrenching, gut-twisting gem of a musical blows the mind… NEXT TO NORMAL does not pull any punches with its characters, but even if they are left bruised, they also emerge braver – and it left me feeling exactly the same way… a MUST WATCH!”- Corrie Tan, Straits Times Life!

 ”NEXT TO NORMAL is intense, gritty and emotionally draining, but it’s also brash, funny and feels alive. How director Tracie Pang managed to pull this off, we’ll never know. The issue of mental illness is handled with sensitivity and compassion and yet it doesn’t tiptoe around it at all. We strongly urge you to take this particular dose of on-stage medicine! 4/5″

- Mayo Martin, TODAY

 ”A wonderful ride, a wild, exuberant musical. The creative and production teams rose magnificently to the challenge. Hats off to director, Tracie Pang. To take on a musical that is so complicated, so respectful and aware of the growth and changes in its characters, and so important in its depiction of mental illness requires heart and guts. PANGDEMONIUM! has plenty of both.”

- Poachedmag.com

 

 


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