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Next to Normal
A Feel - Everything Musical!
Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by: 
Glenda ManWaring
Show Dates: 
July 11, 2013 to July 27, 2013

Next to Normal is sponsored by Greenville Health System

Show Dates: 
July 11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,27 at 8:00
July 14,21 at 3:00

Click Here to read the Review from the Greenville News!

Check out an audio clip from our cast of "Next to Normal."  Click Here.

To signup for the Lunch & Learn on Friday, 7/19 Click Here

Next to Normal  is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

This show makes a direct grab for the heart — or wrings it out thoroughly. This brave, breathtaking musical, focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives.

“Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.

Centre Stage is partnering with the Greenville Health System and NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) in presenting two panel discussions during the run of this play.  The first will be held after the 3pm matinee on Sunday, July 14 and the second one will be a 12pm Lunch & Learn on Friday, July 19th.  Both discussions are titled "Let's Talk About Mental Illness" and will include local psychologists, psychiatrists and representatives from NAMI.  Both events are free and open to the public; the Sunday panel will be open seating and will begin around 5:15 - 5:30pm (soon after the production ends).  The Friday "Lunch & Learn" session is also free, but will require registration, which can be completed at or by calling 1-877-GHS-INFO (447-4636). A box lunch will be served at this event.   Both discussions are free and open to the public (space permitting).


Diana - Mary Freeman

Dan - David Bean

Gabe - Brady Smith

Natalie - Paige ManWaring

Henry - Tony Glass

Doctor Fine/Madden - Chris Rose


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