DOORSTEP ARTS  :   36 Grantham Drive,  Highton, Vic 3216, Australia.   Email: doorsteparts1@gmail.com    Phone: 0412 680 135

Zoy Frangos as

Dr Madden/Dr Fine

Kiane O'Farrell as

Natalie

Clay Roberts as

Henry

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

 

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 acclaimed 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 (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages), Alex Rathgeber (The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC), An Officer And A Gentleman,), Brent Trotter (Jersey Boys, Four Seasons In One Night), Kiane O’Farrell (Carrie: The Musical, 42nd Street) and Clay Roberts (CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

 

 

 

 

THE CAST

CAST (Sydney production) 

Natalie O'Donnell as Diana

Anthony Harkin as Dan

Alex Rathgeber as Dr Madden/Dr FIne

Brent Trotter as Gabe

Kiane O'Farrell as Natalie

Clay Roberts as Henry

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Darylin Ramondo  Co-Producer and Director

Trish Carlon           Co-Producer

Alistair Smith          Musical Director

Jolyon James         Creative Consultant

Martin Kinnane       Lighting Designer

Sherree Nash         Movement Consultant

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS 2009

2010 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA

MUSIC BY TOM KITT   BOOK & LYRICS BY BRIAN YORKEY

Critical response from Doorstep Arts' 2015

Sydney season of Next to Normal

 

 

“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

 

FOLLOW US

 

"With tenderness and nuance... the company creates a painful portrait of a family heaving under the pressure of mental illness...burgeoning companies like Doorstep Arts are crucial to the Australian theatre scene"..

**** The Guardian

 

“O'Donnell's warmth and raw honest appeal strongly... The cast works it heart out for Director, Darylin Ramondo"

The Australian

 

"Taut import shows (Next to) Normal worth the wait"

****The Sydney Morning Herald

 

"This production of Next to Normal is a must see...."

Broadway World

 

Critical response from Doorstep Arts' 2014

Geelong season of Next to Normal

DOORSTEP ARTS WINS THEATRE PEOPLE PRO CHOICE AWARDS:

Next to Normal 

BEST MUSICAL (LIMITED SEASON)

BEST ACTRESS (Natalie O'Donnell)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Zoy Frangos)