Sometimes F’uped is Next to Normal

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Rarely do I leave a musical or straight play in utter disdain.  In my view, there’s nearly always at least one positive take away.   Keeping that in mind,  there are three musicals that  continually affect me personally and professionally.  They’re stand outs—above the fray.  I’m drawn to the soundtracks regularly.  Hearing a single note from a song can instantly take me on a journey … some are delightful … some are dreadful.  That is what theatre is all about, and sometimes f’uped IS next to normal.  The suspense is over: A Chorus Line, RENT, and Spring Awakening.  I add a fourth:  Next to Normal.

I didn’t  see Next  to Normal on Broadway.  It doesn’t matter!  If I could turn back time (call me Cher!)  and the  production now on stage at Geva Theatre Center was magically transplanted to the Booth Theatre in April 2009, I suspect it would receive the same accolades and awards. 

Next to Normal, on stage at Geva Theatre Center through February 10th, is a triumph! Don’t miss this groundbreaking, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Congratulations to Geva; Scott Schwartz, director; and the entire, amazingly gifted cast and crew. Information about the show and its cast and crew is available at gevatheatre.org.   My full interview with Scott Schwartz  (director) is available below.

Click above to hear Robert’s full interview (including music) with Scott Schwartz

Stage Notes Gets “Next to Normal” with Scott Schwartz

Join host Robert Hammond for an in-depth look at the groundbreaking musical Next to Normal, with its director Scott Schwartz. The son of Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Scott Schwartz will talk about the cast, music and storyline of Next to Normal, on stage at Geva Theatre Center through February 10th.

Featuring an electrifying contemporary score of more than 30 songs, this groundbreaking, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is an emotional powerhouse. Captivating and ultimately hopeful, Next to Normal aims right for the heart with its story of a suburban family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future. The New York Times raves “It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”

SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Director) returns to Geva Theatre Center where he directed the world premiere of ROOMS: A Rock Romance. Broadway credits include Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy: The Musical; Tick, Tick…Boom!; Rooms: A Rock Romance; The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick; Franz Kafka’s The Castle; Miss Julie and No Way to Treat a Lady. Mr. Schwartz also directed Golda’s Balcony in London, on tour in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theater, and in San Francisco at A.C.T. Recent credits include Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera, A Room With a View at the Old Globe, the rolling world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the Alley Theatre, and Arsenic Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley at Dallas Theater Center. Regional theaters include Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, PCPA, Prince Theater, Rubicon, Signature Theater, TheatreWorks, Virginia Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Schwartz is an Associate Artist at the Alley, member of SDC, and a graduate of Harvard University.