Award-Winning Musical ‘Next to Normal’ Begins Performances at EWP

Deedee Magno Hall plays Diana in East West Players’ production of “Next to Normal.” (Photo by Michael Lamont)

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, announces that its upcoming production of “Next to Normal,” directed by Nancy Keystone, begins performances this week and runs until June 11, with opening night on May 17.

“Next to Normal,” with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, tells the story of the seemingly perfect Goodman family. However, Diana, the mother, is a little too happy. Her husband Dan constantly worries. Her daughter Natalie is awfully intent on getting that scholarship to Yale. And her son Gabe, well…

This Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical is a heartbreaking, humorous, and unflinchingly authentic look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder.

“What a great honor to work at East West Players, such a historically significant and artistically exciting organization,” says Keystone. “I’m thrilled to be directing ‘Next to Normal’ here. It’s a fascinating and powerful piece, and I can’t wait to dig into it with this group of actors and designers, who, no doubt, will shine new light on the story and ideas.”

“Nancy Keystone is one of the most interesting, innovative, and visionary directors that I know,” says EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “I have been a huge fan of her work