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“Next to Normal” — CityRep brings powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play to Oklahoma City

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Clockwise: Matthew Alvin Brown, Lane Fields, Stacey Logan and Anderson Daniel in CityRep’s production of “Next to Normal,” the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning play presented this weekend and next by the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep).

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Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) continues their Tenth Anniversary Season with the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Next to Normal,” with Music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

With a contemporary score, the play has garnered widespread praise an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, ““Next to Normal” is a brave, breathtaking musical. No show on Broadway makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as thoroughly. A work of muscular grace and power, “Next to Normal” is something much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”

Starring in the CityRep production is Broadway veteran actress Stacey Logan, who has appeared on Broadway in “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Beauty an the Beast,” “Crazy for You” (in which she played Patsy), “Big,” and in the opera Candide. For CityRep, Logan appeared as Haley Walker in “Bad Dates” and as Barbara Fordham in “August Osage County.”

This production also features Lane Fields, Matthew Alvin Brown, and Jordan Justice. Making their CityRep debuts are Anderson Daniel and Jennifer Hiemstra.

Michael Jones will direct, with music direction by Chuck Koslowske, scenic design by Amanda Foust, costume design by Aaron Patrick Turner, lighting design by Art Whaley, sound design by W. Jerome Stevenson, and properties design by Jon Haque. Steve Emerson is Stage Manager.

Each show of “Next to Normal” will be followed by a talkback session with the audience, the cast, and mental health providers who will discuss the issues brought forth by the production.

The production will take place on the first floor Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N. Walker, downtown Oklahoma City).

The Preview is Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. Preview matinee is slated for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Opening Night is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m, the Sunday, Nov. 13, matinee is 1:30 p.m. “Next to Normal” will continue for a second and final weekend, Fri., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 19, 1:30 pm matinee, and 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m. is the closer.

Tickets are $8 (Student Rush Tickets and Military Personnel with Military ID), $20 (groups of eight or more), $30 (matinees) and $35 (evening performances), and may be purchased by calling the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office at 405.294.2264 or 1.800.364.7111.

Tickets may be purchased online through the CityRep website at www.cityrep.com, or through the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office website at www.okcciviccenter.org.

“Next to Normal” is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, BancFirst, Cedar Ridge Psychiatric Hospital and Residential Treatment Center, NAMI Oklahoma, Integris Mental Health, the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma and Norman Regional Health System. Season Sponsors are the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Richard P. Dulaney Foundation.

CityRep (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is one of only two Equity professional theatre companies in the state of Oklahoma. CityRep serves the community with performances like those found in major arts communities around the country — and serves our Oklahoma professional theatre artists by providing an Oklahoma venue for employment and an artistic home.

CityRep operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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