Pulitzer & Tony-Winning Musical Next to Normal at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
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Legend has it that Sidney Poitier was so moved by the story of The Lilies of the Field that he waived his usual salary -- not knowing he would later win worldwide fame (and an Oscar) for his portrayal of the hard-headed Homer Smith. From the moment it was published as a novel by William E. Barret, The Lilies of the Field has had a special effect on people. Experience it yourself when Open Window Theatre presents this heart-warming stage adaptation. Headed west in search of a new beginning in the mid-1950s, black Southern Baptist itinerant worker Homer Smith encounters a group of Catholic nuns scratching out an existence in the remote Southwest. Mother Maria Marthe, convinced that Homer was sent to them by God to build them a chapel, persuades him to stay (without pay) and take on this seemingly impossible task. The faith of all are tested, proving that friendships and miracles alike come in all forms. Learn More
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Great production. However, we learned earlier that the star had some illness, and it showed during the performance. Her voice and tone were such that her understudy should have played the role. It was distracting and difficult to understand her in a serious musical where the words are critical to the plot.
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The most talked about new show on Broadway is the groundbreaking musical Next to Normal. From the director of Rent_, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “pushes Broadway in new directions” (_Rolling Stone). With a thrilling contemporary score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. “It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”_ (The New York Times)_
“This is a unique opportunity to present Next to Normal here at the Ordway in its first national tour,” says Patricia A. Mitchell, Ordway president and CEO. “To tackle the complex subject of bipolar disorder in a stage production strikes me as a harrowing challenge for any director, but Next to Normal takes on the challenge and does so with brilliant grace that showcases the unique power of musical theater.”
Alice Ripley, who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Next to Normal, reprises her acclaimed performance in the musical’s 36-week multi-city North American tour. Next to Normal also features Asa Somers (Dan), Curt Hansen (Gabe), Emma Hunton (Natalie), Jeremy Kushnier (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine) and Preston Sadleir (Henry).