REPRISES HER TONYAWARD
WINNING ROLE IN
ASA SOMERS, CURT HANSEN, EMMA HUNTON, PRESTON SADLEIR & JEREMY KUSHNIER
ROUND OUT THE CAST
CHICAGO (October 21, 2010) – Alice Ripley, who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a
Musical for her performance in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award‐winning Next to Normal, will
reprise her acclaimed performance in the musical’s 36‐week multi‐city North American tour. Next to
Normal will play the Bank of America Theatre April 26 – May 8, 2011.
Next to Normal also features Asa Somers (Dan), Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie),
Jeremy Kushnier (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine) and Preston Sadleir (Henry).
“As our New York production continues its acclaimed run on Broadway, we are very excited to gear up
for the national tour of Next to Normal,” stated the show’s producer, David Stone. “We look forward to
bringing this contemporary and emotionally powerful musical to cities across the country and to giving
audiences outside of New York the opportunity to see Alice Ripley’s legendary, Tony‐winning
With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a
family trying to take care of themselves and each other.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards, Next to Normal features
music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, musical staging by Sergio Trujillo, and direction by
Michael Greif. The creative team also includes Mark Wendland (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume
design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), and Brian Ronan (sound design). Musical direction is by Bryan
Perri, orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, and vocal arrangements by AnnMarie
Next to Normal was chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by The New York Times, The Washington Post,
The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, New York Daily News, The Bergen Record, and NY1 – more
than any other musical from that season.
Next to Normal Announces Cast
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Next to Normal has had a surprising and highly unlikely route to Broadway. The musical originally
opened at Off‐Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre on February 13, 2008. The producer, David Stone, who
had been guiding the musical since 2005, took the unexpected step of bringing the show to Washington
D.C.’s Arena Stage where it was significantly reworked, and then back to New York and to Broadway,
where it opened to rave reviews on April 15, 2009. This unusual trajectory from a New York Off‐
Broadway premiere to an out‐of‐town regional theatre engagement and then back to New York is
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Next to Normal “a brave, breathtaking musical. A work of
muscular grace and power. It is something much more than a feelgood
musical; it is a feeleverything
musical.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone raves, “Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in
Next to Normal. It is the best musical of the season by a mile. Next time you think the Broadway
musical is dead, head off to Next to Normal. It’ll pin you to your seat.” And Peter Marks of The
Washington Post calls it “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It
is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story – and simply get to the heart.
Next to Normal strikes a blow for the American musical’s future each night.”
Next to Normal is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo,
and Second Stage Theatre.
Individual tickets for Next to Normal will go on sale in early 2011. Next to Normal is part of the 2011
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Disclosure: Our family will receive complimentary tickets to the circus in exchange for my posts. However, any opinions expressed are my own personal feedback.
And if you need something to keep the kiddos busy while you order tickets to this great Disney LIVE! show, click on this coloring page to enlarge it and print for coloring fun!!
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Disclaimer: We were treated to this complimentary evening of fun courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago, however all opinions expressed here are my own, honest personal feedback.
A couple weekends ago, my two year old son and I attended The Wiggles Wiggly Circus. The show was at the Rosemont Theater which is easy to get to, with easy to access parking and the place is really nice. Inside the theater is cozy and I’m pretty sure there weren’t any truly bad seats. But we had AMAZING seats. With no food or drinks allowed in the theatre you’re safe from wandering snocone and popcorn salesmen but there’s still plenty of merchandise to drop your money on. Yeah I caved at the last minute when the people in front of us sat down and Bryan fell in love with the light up wand with the Big Red Car on it. We ran out to the lobby and waited in line right at the scheduled start time of the show. So the fact that they started late, which would typcially have annoyed me at least some, considering it is a show for LITTLE kids, I think its a bit rude to expect them to wait, this time it saved my hiney! I didn’t check the time when the show started, but I’d guess it was maybe 10 minutes late, which if it were an adult concert I wouldnt’ even blink at. But once it started, it was nonstop. Because we don’t get the channel that the Wiggles are currently on, I haven’t seen the new shows, we only havd older DVD, I’m not sure if some of the songs they did are on the new shows or if they were exclusive to the live show. But the show consisted of a mix of songs/dancing and some circus-y type acts. There were no animals or crazy motorcycle riders, but some tumbling and acrobatic type elements. I thought it gave it a fun twist, and would be especially enjoyable if you’re Wiggles regulars as it would give you a little something different. At this performance, and I believe they said about the last week, Murray was not performing but tending to “personal matters at home.” They addressed this issue head on and introduced his temporary replacement by his own name which I appreciated because I hate when people don’t give credit to kids for being intelligent and try to pull one over on them. I’m sure some fans were dissappointed that they didn’t get to see Murray but I think it would have been a bigger turn off if they attempted to pass off a fake Murray! I was also surprised by how many people were apprently privy to the knowledge that during the show the Wiggle would walk to crowd to collect any roses brought for Dorothy and bones brought for Wags. And that they would also take time out to read any signs that the children “made” and brought in. This is a great thing to know ahead of time if you have a try Wiggles fan! We weren’t aware of it but probably wouldn’t have brought anything anyway as B is too young to get that part of it. There were several times when I thought for sure they were wrapping things up but then would keep right on going. There were more costume changes than I could count (more for the other dancers than the Wiggles but even they had a couple) and there really was no down time during the show at all. At one point they stopped to ask parents to collect their kids because the theater would be getting dark but that was for their performance of Twinkle Twinkle, which I think was one of Bryan’s favorites. The lights ALL went down, they asked everyone to turn on their cell phones or anything with lights and the only lights on the stage were a few lights worn by the dancers and a large lit up star. It was dark enough to possibly make some kids nervous, but Bryan was fine and has been talking about ever since. All the Wiggles character were there, though Dorothy and Wags make fairly short apparences. And even the Big Red Car got some stage time! When it was all over and we got to the car I was surprised to look at the clock to see that the show had been well over an hour and a half. In comparison to another kid show we attended in the last year, this was a considerably longer performance time. If you have a little Wiggles fan, I would definitely recommend the Wiggly Circus.
Tickets: $ ?? (sorry I forgot to price them, but other areas are going anywhere from $14 to 70 something)
Watching THIS: PRICELESS
A slide show of a few photos from the show.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets from the Wiggly Circus and USFamilyGuides in exchange for my honest, personal review of the show. I have not been otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own HONEST feedback.
This weekend I took the boys to a Kenosha Kings baseball game with their Cub Scout pack. It has been years since I went to this ball park but its nice, easy parking and best of all…free!
The pack arranged our visit with the team ahead time so they allowed the boys to take the field with the team during the National Anthem and be in their huddle. Then after the first game the players graciously let the boys hound them for autographs even while they attempted to get something to eat before they continued with their double header. The rest of the scouts left after the first game but the boys were having a good time so we stayed for the second game. During the second game Timmy hung out in the area outside the first baseline and shagged foul balls. Here the balls had to be returned but it was still exciting for him. The other two boys got a little silly about half way through the second game but we made it through and everyone had fun!
The Kings won both games 2-6.
Check out the photos of our fun.
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Edited to add: after publishing this post yesterday I went home to find out that the older boys got the game out played for close to two hours and then….PUT IT AWAY ALL BY THEMSELVES!! Apparently the game has magical powers (legal notice, of course it doesn’t actually). Needless to say we’re all thrilled with this Corn Toss game!!!
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