Feb 18 — Producers for Next to Normal, the Tom Kitt/Brian Yorkey musical which closed two months ago at Arena Stage, just announced that the show will move to Broadway’s Longacre Theatre with its DC cast intact. Previews begin March 27th with the official opening April 15th.
The unconventional musical about a family coping with mental illness originally opened Feb, 2008 at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage . While the show won the Outer Critics Award for Best Score, and numerous mentions for other awards, the writers realized it needed revision. It was Arena Stage’s offer of a ‘second chance’ which allowed Kitt and Yorkey to work on major rewrites and restaging, and it was Washington’s response to the reworked musical that convinced the producers it was ready for Broadway.
According to the Associated Press it was the unanimity of both the audience response and the critical response which persuaded producer David Stone to bring Next to Normal back to New York. “It was not just what the reviews said, but people who had seen the show in New York and then saw it down in Washington felt that we had really made all the right changes,” Stone added. “It became the show it always wanted to be.”
For more details, we recommend the BroadwayWorld feature posted today.