Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

The Goodmans seem like a perfect family. The only problem is that sometimes mother Diana is, well … a little too happy. Her husband Dan worries all the time. Her daughter Natalie seems awfully intent on getting that scholarship to Yale so she can leave home. And her son Gabe, well … that’s another story entirely. A musical about the devastating toll of mental illness on a contemporary suburban family might seem odd, but NEXT TO NORMAL turned out to be one of Broadway’s biggest hits. This modern rock musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of one’ family member’s bipolar disorder. Each character’s journey is punctuated by powerful music scored by Tom Kitt (AMERICAN IDIOT).

NEXT TO NORMAL is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”

A tremendously moving and intimate musical about deeply complicated and flawed human beings, NEXT TO NORMAL is a natural fit for the kind of storytelling we love at Keegan.

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JUNE 18 - JUL 16, 2016

Wed-Sat at 8:00 pm
Sun at 3:00 pm


Runtime: 2:20 with one intermission




Sponsored artists indicated with Star

The Cast

Diana Kari Ginsburg*Sponsored*
Dan Chad Wheeler*Sponsored*
Gabe David Landstrom*Sponsored*
Natalie Caroline Dubberly*Sponsored*
Henry Christian Montgomery*Sponsored*
Doctor Fine/Doctor Madden Scott Ward Abernethy*Sponsored*


Diana Valerie Adams Rigsbee
Gabe / Henry / Doctor Fine / Doctor Madden Matthew Hirsh
Natalie Cara A. Bachman
Dan Scott Ward Abernethy

The Pit

Piano/Conductor Jake Null
Guitar Jaime Ibacache
Bass Brad Emmett
Drums/Percussion Manny Arciniega
Keyboard 2 Deborah Jacobson
Violin Alexandra Touzinsky
Cello Katie Chambers

The Production Team

Directors Mark A. Rhea and Colin Smith
Assistant Director 
Christina A. Coakley
Music Director Jake Null
Kurt Boehm
Stage Manager 
Alexis J. Hartwick
Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Story
Set Dressing and Properties Designer Carol H. Baker
Properties and Set Dressing Assistant
Katrina Wiskup
Scenic Designer 
Matthew J. Keenan
Projections Designer Ryan Smith
Lighting Designer 
Allan Sean Weeks
Sound Designer Rachel Barlaam
Sound Engineer Gordon Nimmo-Smith
Costume Designer Alison Johnson
Hair and Make Up Designer 
Craig Miller
Photography Cameron Whitman Photography

Star In Good Company Sponsors

Production Sponsors

Judy Dietz
Bill Moore

Artist Sponsors

Holly Hassett sponsoring Scott Abernathy
Gail & Peter Hansen sponsoring Caroline Dubberly
Gail & Peter Hansen sponsoring Kari Ginsburg
Holly Hassett sponsoring David Landstrom
Holly Hassett sponsoring Christian Montgomery
Roberta & Greg Milman sponsoring Chad Wheeler

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