Next To Normal to be presented in new immersive live 60 minutes format

Next To Normal will be adapted in a new, live immersive musical theater format, and will receive its worldwide premiere at the Festival Grec de Barcelona this July. Performance dates will be announced Tuesday, April 26, and tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 27.

This production will be the first Broadway show to be presented in this new, 60-minute, disruptive, 100% immersive, live musical theater format. With no sets or props, Next to Normal will play a 20,000 square-foot venue, utilizing a surround-sound system and 360-degree projections to create an immersive experience that places the audience alongside the actors.

Directed by Simon Pittman (RSC, National Theatre, Frantic Assembly), this immersive live musical theater production of Next to Normal is officially blessed by the show’s Pulitzer and Tony winning writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, with music director Tommy Mayer Wolf bringing new textures to this sophisticated score that travels from classical music to rock-and-roll.

Alice Ripley will reprise her Tony Award winning performance as Diana, who will be joined live by Andy Señor Jr. (Rent), Jade Laurel, Eloi Gomez, and Lewis Edgar. Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal will play Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in a virtual format.

Alice Ripley said:

“Tom and Brian’s beloved Next to Normal in this new perspective will make a dramatically soulful impact on the human hearts presented. Next to Normal exists to help us find the light,”

Brian Yorkey said:

“Tom and I couldn’t be more thrilled that the world will get to see Next to Normal in this brand-new way. When we wrote the show, we wanted to bring the audience inside the mind of the lead character—and this incredible new immersive production makes that happen in a bold and amazing fashion,” 

Pablo del Campo said:

“No doubt Next to Normal is the kind of story that can be empowered through this immersive experience for the level of intimacy and direct connection it establishes with audiences all around the world,”

Simon Pittman said:

“I hope this new immersive experience will intensify the brilliance of the original, and offer a thrilling new perspective to the story,” 

Next to Normal centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven Tony Awards that year and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.

As part of Festival Grec de Barcelona, this world premiere of the immersive live Next to Normal will take place at IDEAL, a European incubator art center led by Executive Producer Jordi Sellas, where trendy exhibitions are created and produced for well-known artists such as Frida, Klimt or Dali, as well as emerging artists and cultural pushers.

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