West Windsor, N.J. -- Pierrot Productions presents the local premiere of the emotional powerhouse rock musical “Next to Normal” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. Dates and times for this award-winning Broadway show are Fridays, Oct. 5 and 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct. 5.
“Next to Normal” tells the story of a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and its effects on her and her family. With a thrilling contemporary score, this show will grab audiences by the heart as it presents one family’s struggles with madness, sorrow, rage, forgiveness, and living life to the fullest.
Nominated for eleven Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2009, the show won three awards, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals."
The show features Jen Rosario-Kent of Cherry Hill as Diana, William Kamps of Burlington as Dan, Jason MacDermott of Moorestown as Gabe, Lindsey Krier of Maple Shade as Natalie, Frankie Confalone of Bordentown as Henry, and James Petro of Hamilton as Drs. Fine & Madden.
The production is directed by Kat Kline of Ewing with musical direction by Peter de Mets of Newtown, PA. Assistant director and stage manager is Jaci D’Ulisse of Hamilton.