This production was staged as part of our 2012/13 Season

Next to Normal

Next to Normal

October 17 to November 11, 2012 | On the Alliance Stage
Part of the Alliance Series

One of the most powerful stage experiences of recent years, this musical mines the humor and pathos of a suburban family grappling with mental illness. Mom, Diana, wakes up and starts making sandwiches one morning for her husband, her 16 year-old daughter, and soon-to-be 18 year-old son...a lot of sandwiches...a kitchen full of sandwiches. As Diana embarks on yet another round of treatment, family secrets emerge that force audiences to question the very idea of normal. This brilliant theatrical experience will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Cast & Crew


  • Henry
    Jordan has been living and acting in Atlanta for a little over a year now and is excited beyond belief to be cast inNext to Normal! A recent graduate of Sewanee: The... read more »
  • Dan
    A Southern California native, Bob has lived in New York for the last 13 years. Most recently seen in last season’s Leap of Faith and Catch Me If You... read more »
  • Diana
    Catherine is thrilled to be making her Alliance Theatre debut. Credits include Next To Normal on Broadway (stood by/ performed the role of Diana), Betty... read more »
  • Natalie
    Lyndsay is delighted to be returning to the Alliance stage! She previously appeared as Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal. Other credits include Christmas Canteen 2013,... read more »
  • Gabe
    Cary is overjoyed to be making his Alliance debut in Next To Normal. A Marietta native, Cary graduated from Pebblebrook High School in 2005, then continued on to... read more »
  • Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine and understudy for Dan
    Googie is glad to be back! Alliance Theatre: Next To Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine). Other Atlanta favorites: 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories, Brer Rabbit... read more »


  • Director
    Broadway: Golda’s Balcony, Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway: Bat Boy: The Musical, Tick, Tick…Boom!, ... read more »


  • Understudy for Diana
    Mary is excited to be working with the Alliance Theatre. Mary has had a fun 2012 reprising the role of Kate Monster in Avenue Q at Horizon Theatre (2011 Suzi... read more »
  • Understudy for Natalie
    Caroline is thrilled to join the cast of Next to Normal in her Alliance Theatre debut! Favorite Atlanta credits include Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line... read more »
  • Understudy for Gabe & Henry
    Christopher is delighted to return to the Alliance for another season of A Christmas Carol! He received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the former Shorter College and... read more »
  • Understudy for Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine
    Atlanta credits: Thief/Priest in See What I Wanna See (Actor’s Express/Suzi Bass winner); Jason in Ordinary Days(Serenbe Playhouse); Lord Evelyn... read more »

Audience Feedback


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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