I first heard about this show a year ago when I read an article on show’s opening night. I was initially drawn to the piece because of the director Michael Greif (of RENT fame). But as I started to learn more about the production I realized how long this show had been the works and how many big Broadway stars tried their hand at the different roles. With music written by Tom Kitt and Book/ Lyric written by Brian Yorkey the original title of the show was entitled Feeling Electric. That production of Feeling Electric as was first seen in a 2002 reading at NYC’s Cutting Room. The role of Diana had been played by Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture/ Aida) and Amy Spanger before Alice Ripley stepped into the role for a workshop at the Second Stage Theatre. The role of
Now that you know a little about the history of who was apart of making this show happened let me tell you why all of these fine actors worked so hard to get it to Broadway. This show is so personal that it gets under your skin and you can not help but want to run up on stage to give someone a hug. Tony Award winning Alice Ripley knows just how to captivate an audience to make you love, hate, and help her all at the same time. Ripley plays Diana, the mother who is dealing with mental illness and the effect it has on her family. She plays the perfect suburban wife who underneath has layers of complexity; dealing with loss, suicide, drug dependency and hallucinations. She truly will shake you up inside and wonder if maybe we are all a little bit like Diana, crazed. In the performance I saw on 4/18 the role of
Overall this musical is AMAZING. If you asked me hey I am headed to Broadway what should I see? I would say NEXT TO NORMAL (or American Idiot) but if you really want for your mind to be blown away go see NEXT TO NORMAL! Everyone who I have recommended it to has LOVED IT. So go see this production! The show will be heading out on it’s 1st national tour starting this fall in
All the pictures in this post are from my personal camera from stage door after the 4/18 show. The photo of the two random guys are actually two band members that crazy fans asked for their autographs at stage door(usually they only ask for the actors but the music is that good!). I thought it was cute so I took a picture. I got almost the whole cast to sign my playbill (no Kyle). They were all so nice and so thankful to all the fans who waited out for them.
I want to send a big THANK YOU to the Booth Theatre staff! My friend Rose and I showed up a bit late to the 7:30 Sunday night show (we thought it was a 8pm), but the Booth Theatre staff were so understanding and still let us take our seats. They also offered to fill us in on the three songs we missed.