TheatreSquared’s ‘Next to Normal’ opens April 18

The cast of TheatreSquared’s Next to Normal, opening this weekend at Nadine Baum Studios.


TheatreSquared will perform their first-ever Broadway musical beginning this weekend, with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning show, Next to Normal.

The new show, directed by T2’s Amy Herzberg, focuses on the story of a suburban mother fighting to keep her family together.

“At its core is a mother, betrayed by her own mind and memory, desperately trying to love and connect with her family,” Herzberg said. “It’s a profoundly human story of struggle and hope, filled with powerful music—and reminds us that we’re all next to normal.”

Next to Normal won three Tony Awards — including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration — and followed this success by garnering the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rare feat for a musical. The show won widespread critical acclaim as well, with the New York Times calling it “brave, breathtaking… a feel-everything musical” and The Washington Post declaring it “the future of American Musicals.” The play’s intimate depiction of a mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder, paired with its powerful, contemporary score, were hailed as trailblazing steps for a major Broadway musical.

The show features an all-star cast of performers from around the country, including Broadway veterans Rita Harvey and Arkansas-native Rob Sutton.

The show opens with a preview performance tonight (Thursday, April 18), and performances are scheduled through May 12. Tickets range from $23-34, and can be reserved by calling 479-443-5600 or visiting