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UNSW MUSICAL THEATRE SOCIETY PRESENTS NEXT TO NORMAL @ STUDIO ONE THEATRE, UNSW

 

Sinead Cristaudo and Nic Savage as Diana and Dan in Next to Normal
Sinead Cristaudo and Nic Savage as Diana and Dan in Next to Normal

This is such a wonderful show. Everything you want in a musical. It won Tonys for its score and orchestration and it won the Pulitzer. There is such lightness and dark to a piece that I can unashamedly say, since I first saw it last year, is my favourite musical. And as I explained to my friend in no uncertain terms as we travelled through Sydney’s peak hour traffic and pouring rain… I’m going to be very cross if they fuck it up!

They did not.

UNSW Musical Theatre Society has produced a thrilling production of NEXT TO NORMAL . It is irrelevant that this work is being done by students acting outside their age range, in a wartime shed that I performed in as an undergrad a lifetime ago, to an opening night audience of friends and relos. For me, this was a night to remember, a production to cherish and cast to keep an eye out for. Continue reading UNSW MUSICAL THEATRE SOCIETY PRESENTS NEXT TO NORMAL @ STUDIO ONE THEATRE, UNSW

Next To Normal @ The Hayes

Natalie O'Donnell and Brent Trotter in the Pulitzer Prize winning NEXT TO NORMAL
Natalie O’Donnell and Brent Trotter in the Pulitzer Prize winning NEXT TO NORMAL

Near the finale of NEXT TO NORMAL playing the Hayes Theatre, Diana says “It’s hard to tell the dancer from the dance.” Which is exactly how I feel about this production. It’s a Pulitzer Prize winning show with a wonderful performance at the centre and I was so emotional: angry, and sad and disturbed by the important issues that this play raises. I reflected, how were those emotions triggered? By the show or the production? Does it matter?

A normal suburban family is presented to us in the first few minutes of the opening. Diana (Natalie O’Donnell) is protecting her curfew breaking son, Gabe (Brent Trotter) from the attention of his father Dan (Anthony Harkin). Their teenage daughter, overachiever Natalie (Kiane O’Farrell) feels pretty irrelevant to this happy family. And we soon see why. The act of making sandwiches becomes a bread slice pathway into a disordered mind. Continue reading Next To Normal @ The Hayes