Eric Morin, Jennie Neumann, Caitriona Murphy, Colin Sheen, Warren Kimmel in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Next to Normal. Photo by David Cooper.


Arts Club Theatre Company presents


Canadian Regional Premiere

September 8–October 9, 2011

at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage


The feel-everything musical. Fresh from a remarkable Broadway run comes one of the most lauded musicals of the new century in its first production by a Canadian company. This contemporary musical will shake audiences to the core with its groundbreaking themes and thrilling score. Hailed for the empathy and accuracy with which it portrays a woman coping with bipolar disorder, Next to Normal will find a place next to your heart.

“I saw the Broadway production and was struck by the power and immediacy of it,” says Bill Millerd, Arts Club’s Artistic Managing Director and director of the show. “The pop-rock music establishes the currency of the issues and propels the story forward. This show is very unique—it reminds us that there is no ‘normal’ in what musicals can present in their stories and style.”

The development of this original musical, from its very beginnings as a workshop project to its current success on stages around the world, took some ten years. Tom Kitt (composer) and Brian Yorkey (lyricist) used the long development process to gauge audience reaction and then rewrite to attain the effect they wanted; their many alterations have made Next to Normal a “brave, breathtaking musical (The New York Times).”

Music by Tom Kitt. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Starring Warren Kimmel, Eric Morin, Caitriona Murphy, Jennie Neumann, Matt Palmer, Colin Sheen. Director Bill Millerd. Musical Directors Ken Cormier and Bruce Kellett. Set Designer Ted Roberts. Lighting Designer Marsha Sibthorpe. Costume Designer Sheila White. Sound Designer Andrew Tugwell. Assistant Director Shane Snow. Stage Manager Caryn Fehr. Assistant Stage Manager Peter Jotkus

Arts Club Theatre Company presents the musical Next to Normal at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., at 12th Ave.) from September 8  to October 9, 2011. Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $29 to $65, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit