NEXT TO NORMAL
City Theatre Brno
Thursday 26. 5. 2022
19:00
City Theatre Brno – Drama Theatre


Genre: Drama, Brno showcase
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with intermission

Subtitles in English

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The authors of this chamber musical, Brian Yorkey (libretto and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (music) are known to the Brno audience thanks to their popular comedy, Freaky Friday. As in the case of Freaky Friday, the plot revolves around the next to normal story of one family. The daughter Natalie falls in love for the first time and has to overcome many obstacles with her parents Diana and Dan. They’re dealing with their own issues and with the tragic loss of their young son. Things are intensified by Diana’s bipolar disorder.

The American rock musical premiered on Broadway on 15th May, 2009 and immediately won three Tony Awards from eleven nominations, and was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 – rare for a musical – precisely because it deals with topics that are not the norm in musical theatre. This is a very intimate story of a close family circle (and several doctors with whom Diana seeks help). It addresses topics such as depression, drug abuse, medical ethics, parental despair and relationship crises. However, all this is lifted by the brisk pace of contemporary rock music and the black humour of the writing.

Authors: Brian Yorkey, Tom Kitt

Director: Petr Gazdík

Assistant Director: Milan Němec

Translation: Zuzana Čtveráčková

Costumes: Eliška Ondráčková Lupačová

Dramaturgy: Miroslav Ondra, Ondřej Doubrava

Set design: Emil Konečný

Choreography: Aneta Majerová

 

Starring: Ivana Vaňková, Lukáš Janota, Marco Salvadori, Eliška Skálová, Jonáš Florián, Dušan Vitázek