NEXT TO NORMAL • January 2018

From Abbey's program note: "For as long as I can remember, the subject of mental illness has been silenced not just in society at large, but in the arts as well. Something we are often too afraid or ashamed to talk about. Fortunately, it seems times are beginning to change, because we have all been silent for far too long. The story of Next to Normal is very personal to me, and if you take anything away from this production, I hope it is understanding and empathy for those who struggle with mental illness, and for the people close to them who must also fight every day. More than anything I hope this production is as raw and as real as the production I saw over eight years ago, because such vulnerability and honesty is what these untold stories deserve. I hope we do them justice, and continue to break open stigmas that have been held for so long. That, I believe, is the power of art."

Yale University Off-Broadway Theater


Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Music by Tom Kitt


Produced by Declan Kunkel 
Directed by Abbey Joan Burgess


Music Direction by Hayden Kline • Conducted by Sam Hollister • Choreography by Madi Cupp-Enyard • Set by Caroline Francisco • Lighting & Projections by Ryan Seffinger • Sound by Sammy Grob • Dramaturgy by Aviva Abusch • Props by Eitan Acks • Costumes by Eren Kafardar • Stage Managed by Lina Kapp

Photography by Lukas Cox


Diana Goodman • Erin Krebs
Dan Goodman • Gilberto Saenz
Natalie Goodman • Erin Hebert
Gabe Goodman • Tobiah Richkind
Henry • Jake Moses
Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine • Alex Swanson