Doorstep Arts, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Auditions, Geelong, Performing Arts, Melbourne

Next to Normal

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.

2014 Geelong, 2015 Sydney In association with Hayes Theatre.

Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co presented Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co after a wildly successful season in Geelong earlier in 2014.

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?’

**** "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.”

- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

**** “THE BEST piece of theatre I have ever seen …… Perfectly performed, perfectly directed and amazingly written…”

- THEATRE PEOPLE

Doorstep Arts do it so well that it could be renamed Next to Perfect.”

- STAGE WHISPERS


2015 SYDNEY SEASON:

CREATIVES
Produced by Trish Carlon
Directed by Darylin Ramondo
Musical Direction by Alistair Smith
Movement by Sheree Nash
Lighting by Martin Kinnane

CAST
Natalie O'Donnell as Diana
Anthony Harkin as Dan
Brent Trotter as Gabe
Alex Rathgeber as Dr Fine and Dr Madden
Kiane O'Farrell as Natalie
Clay Roberts as Henry

2014 GEELONG SEASON:

CREATIVES
Produced and Directed by Darylin Ramondo.
Musical Direction by Trevor Jones.

CAST
Natalie O'Donnell as Diana
Mark Dickinson as Dan
Brent Trotter as Gabe
Zoy Frangos as Dr Fine and Dr Madden
Kiane O'Farrell as Natalie
Clay Roberts as Henry

THEATRE PEOPLE PRO CHOICE AWARDS 2014:

Next to Normal 

BEST MUSICAL (LIMITED SEASON)
BEST ACTRESS (Natalie O'Donnell) 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Zoy Frangos)