Next To Normal Shakes Things Up Down Under

Next To Normal Shakes Things Up Down Under

Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co presented  Next to Normal at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, Australia after a wildly successful season in Geelong.

With poignant lyrics and a powerful contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life. Reprising her critically claimed role, Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), led a superb cast as Diana, a troubled woman in danger of being engulfed by her past. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, Next to Normal challenges us to ask the question, ‘What is normal?’

Joining Natalie in the cast were some of Australia’s finest musical theatre talent including Anthony Harkin (Avenue Q, Shane Warne The Musical), Alex Rathgeber (An Officer And A Gentleman, Fiddler on the Roof)Brent Trotter (Jersey BoysFour Seasons In One Night)Kiane O’Farrell (Carrie: The Musical, 42nd Street) and Clay Roberts (CATS, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Playing its Sydney professional premiere, Next to Normal was rated the Theatre People’s Choice for the number one production over its two-week Geelong season.

Check out the reviews and an interview Brian Kitt and Tom Yorkey below:



Theatre People

Sydney Morning Herald

Jo Litson – Scene and Heard  - Daily Telegraph

Theatre People

Weekend Notes

Broadway World

Daily Telegraph

Canberra Critics

Winner of Theatre People Pro Choice Award 2014

BEST MUSICAL (Limited Season)

BEST ACTRESS (Limited Season)


From a GP Perspective:


Sydney Morning Herald
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