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Next to Normal at The Alliance Theatre



Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre will stage the multi-award-winning Broadway musical Next to Normal – the production’s first run for Atlanta audiences.   The gripping story of a suburban family coping with the affects of mental illness, Next to Normal was described by the New York Times as “brave and breathtaking – a show that grabs for the heart.”  The Alliance Theatre’s production of Next to Normal is sponsored by Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

With a pop/rock musical score including more than 30 original songs, Next to Normal was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning three for Best Original Score (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey), Best Orchestration (Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt), and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley).  It also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making it only the eighth musical to receive the honor.  The awarding Pulitzer Board called Next to Normal “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness…and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”

“As a producer of innovative American musicals, it was important for The Alliance to stage Next to Normal, one of the rare musicals to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama,” said Artistic Director Susan V. Booth.  Booth last worked with composer Tom Kitt in January 2011, when the Alliance Theatre gave the world premiere of Bring It On: The Musical, which opened on Broadway August 1, 2012.

The Alliance Theatre’s production of Next to Normal will be directed by Scott Schwartz (Broadway – Golda’s Balcony, Jane Eyre).  Schwartz has a long history of directing new musicals including the Off-Broadway hits tick, tick…BOOM! and Bat Boy: The Musical; as well as the recent world premiere of the new musical A Room With A View at The Old Globe.  On directing Next to Normal, Schwartz said, “Next to Normal has the thrilling pop-rock score that you expect from a contemporary musical, but it also has the depth and complexity of a play.  At its core, it’s a powerful family drama, and I’m most excited to explore that.”

The Next to Normal cast includes a mix of New York and Atlanta based actors.  Catherine Porter will play Diana, a suburban mom struggling with depression and bipolar disorder.  Porter has been the stand-in for the role of Diana in the Broadway production of Next to Normal since 2010.  She has also played leading roles in West End productions of Sunset Boulevard and Only the Lonely.  Bob Gaynor (Broadway – Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Aida) will play Diana’s husband Dan.  Cary Tedder (Broadway – Memphis, The Times They Are A-Changin’) will play Diana and Dan’s son Gabe.  The Atlanta cast members include Lyndsay Ricketson making her Alliance Theatre debut playing Diana and Dan’s daughter Natalie, and Jordan Craig playing Natalie’s boyfriend Henry.  Craig last appeared at the Alliance Theatre as the Tin Man in the 2011/12 production of The Wizard of OzGoogie Uterhardt will play Diana’s doctor, Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, October 5-28, 2012 on the Hertz Stage.

 Tickets start at $25 and are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404-733-5000.  Tickets are also available online at  Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.  Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.  The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

Engagement Opportunities:

The Alliance Theatre is committed to extending dialogue from the stage to the community.  Before Play (pre-show) and After Words (post show) events offer audience members the chance to engage in conversation about the issues and ideas presented in the play. Faculty members from Next to Normal sponsor Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will be on hand at each discussion to facilitate the conversations and answer questions on mental illness and depression.  Before Play and After Words are free to ticket holders.

Before Play Opportunities –

  • Tuesday, October 23 – 6:30p
  • Tuesday, October 30 – 6:30p
  • Tuesday, November 6 – 6:30p

After Words Opportunities (immediately following the performance) –

  • Friday, October 19 – Evening Performance
  • Saturday, October 20 – Matinee Performance
  • Sunday, October 21 – Matinee Performance
  • Friday, October 26 – Evening Performance
  • Saturday, October 27 – Matinee Performance
  • Sunday, October 28 – Matinee Performance
  • Friday, November 2 – Evening Performance
  • Saturday, November 3 – Matinee Performance
  • Sunday, November 4 – Matinee Performance
  • Friday, October 9 – Evening Performance
  • Saturday, October 10 – Matinee Performance
  • Sunday, October 11 – Matinee Performance

 Special Events:

PLAY AFTER WORK – Next to Normal

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Hour at MODA at 6 p.m.

Next to Normal on the Alliance Stage at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy two great experiences on the same night!  See a great exhibition at MoDA while enjoying light snacks and beverages before you head over to the Alliance Theatre for the 7:30p performance of Next to Normal – winner of three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Tickets are $25 and include admission to MODA and a ticket to Next to Normal at the Alliance Theatre. Bites and bevs at MODA are provided. To purchase tickets call the box office at 404-733-5000 or visit and use promo code PAW25.

Calendar Listing Synopsis:

Next to Normal (musical)

October 17 – November 11, 2012

Alliance Stage

One of the most powerful stage experiences of recent years, this Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning 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 edge of your seat.  Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt; Directed by Scott Schwartz

For tickets, visit or call the box office, 404.733.5000


Student Tickets

College students can purchase $10 tickets for all shows on the day of the performance by showing their student ID at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office.

Next to Normal is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors:  Next to Normal is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

This production of Next to Normal is made possible by the generous support of Emory Healthcare and Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

This production of Next to Normal is also made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Holiday Fun

“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!



Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!


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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!



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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!



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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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