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Toronto: The Musical Stage Company presents “Next to Normal” April 26-May 19

Monday, March 11, 2019

Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in short order NEXT TO NORMAL has become recognized as a milestone in musical theatre history.  It now receives a major new production.  David Mirvish presents The Musical Stage Company production of NEXT TO NORMAL, playing from April 26 to May 19, 2019 at the CAA Theatre. Media night is May 1 at 8PM.

NEXT TO NORMAL is about the Goodman family — mother Diana, father Dan, son Gabe and daughter Natalie. They are the perfect nuclear family, living the perfect suburban life. Or so it seems. NEXT TO NORMAL is a raw depiction of a family in crisis.

Composer Tom Kitt and book and lyric writer Brian Yorkey won Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for their gripping story and surging contemporary score.  

The musical has been praised for “expanding the scope of subject matter for musicals” (Pulitzer Prize Committee), been called “brave and breaking” (New York Times) and “an impressive achievement, a heartfelt entertainment” (Associated Press).

Dora Award-winner Philip Akin directs this exhilarating new production featuring a powerhouse ensemble of Canada’s top performers.

Troy Adams plays Dan Goodman. Acclaimed as both a dramatic and musical theatre actor, Troy has played Shakespeare (the title character in Othello) and contemporary dramas such as Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of Godand Angels in America. He has starred in musicals across Canada such as Dreamgirls and Shrek The Musical.

Brandon Antonio is a graduate of Sheridan’s Music Theatre Performance program, and recently made his professional stage debut at the Globe Theatre in the role of Sky in Mamma Mia! He is the 2018-2019 recipient of The Musical Stage Company’s prestigious Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists.

Nathan Carroll stars as Henry. Among his many theatre credits are the original Canadian production of Once at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Hook Up (Tapestry/Theatre Passe Muraille), Marathon of Hope (Drayton) and The Wizard of Oz (YPT).

Ma-Anne Dionisio stars as Diana Goodman. Ma-Anne is an internationally acclaimed actress who was discovered at age 17 to lead the Canadian premiere of Miss Saigon in 1993 and has since gone on to perform around the world in leading roles in such musicals as Les Misérables, Martin Guerre and West Side Story.

Louise Pitre stars as Doctor Madden. One of Canada’s most acclaimed actors, Louise has performed around the world. She originated the role of Donna in the North American premiere of Mamma Mia! in Toronto (for which she won the Dora Award) and then opened the Broadway production in the same role (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award). She originated the role of Fantine in the Canadian premiere production of Les Misérables and reprised the role in Montreal and Paris. She has also starred in shows on the world’s largest stages including Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, The World Goes 'Round, Blood Brothers, Tartuffe, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Applause, and Rock 'n’ Roll, among others.

Stephanie Sy stars Natalie Goodman. Sy is an actor, dancer and choreographer. She has starred at Winnipeg’s legendary Rainbow Stage in leading roles in musicals such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beastand South Pacific, as well as appearing at many other theatres across the country.

Featuring musical staging by Tracey Flye, music direction by Lily Ling, set & lighting design by Steve Lucas, sound design by Michael Laird, and costume design by Alex Amini.

About The Musical Stage Company
The Musical Stage Company is the largest and leading charitable musical theatre company in Canada. Established in 2004, we strive to make Canada a leader in musical theatre.

We believe it’s better with music. 



CAA THEATRE  – 651 Yonge Street

April 26 - May 19, 2019

Tues – Sat 8:00 PM, Sat & Sun 2:00 PM
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Photo: Next to Normal poster with Troy Adams, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Louise Pitre, Brandon Antonio, Stephanie Sy and Nathan Carroll. © 2019 Max Telzerow.