Friday, April 03, 2009

Get Tickets to see Next To Normal on Broadway-Could this be the Best Musical of 2009?

Hello Broadway Theater fans,

This is Rich Gladstone, aka The Broadway Ticket Man writing to you a personal review of the next possible "Best Musical of the Year" Tony Award winner for 2009. That award could very possibly go to Next To Normal, a brand new musical drama playing at New York City's Booth Theater.

Next to Normal is in previews prior to an April 15, 2009 official opening on Broadway. The show is a modern day look at how mental illness can affect the average family. In particular, it deals with how the family, friends and medical help all cope with the various crisis that come up as they try to support a suburban mother's mental health problems. Although one might think this story line would work better in a non-musical format, wait till you get to witness the powerful and "rockin'" music from the band onstage as well as the sometimes "provocative" lyrics throughout this 2 hour and 40 minute Broadway production.

Next to Normal has a fantastic cast including J. Robert Spencer as Dan (best known for his role as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys) and Alice Ripley as Diana (best known for her Tony-nominated role in the Siamese twins cult musical Side Show as well as playing a key role in The Rocky Horror Show). Rounding out the cast is Jennifer Damiano playing the role of Natalie (Dan and Diana's daughter), Aaron Tveit playing the role of Gabe the son, Adam Chanler-Berat as Henry, Natalie's boyfriend and Louis Hobson who plays the role of Dr. Madden, Diana's psychiatrist.

Next to Normal is a truly inspiring look into how much a family can be affected by illness but more importantly, just how far two parents will go to keep their family together for the long term. The shows Book and Lyrics are written by Brian Yorkey with Music by Tom Kitt. Michael Greif directs this exciting new musical with wonderful scenic design by Mark Wendland. Costume design is created by Jeff Mahshie, lighting is by Kevin Adams, sound is by Brian Ronan and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt.

Right now I believe Next to Normal will be nominated for several Tony Awards and expect ticket sales will grow with word of mouth as well as the great critic reviews it is sure to receive. Billy Elliot is my other favorite to be in the running for this years Best Musical, winning several Tony Awards as well.

Right now I have a suggestion for you. If you think you might want to see Next to Normal in the next few weeks, a simple call to Applause Theater Service in New York City, a local Broadway ticket expert, we can get you great seats at discount prices. The producers of the show are only offering these special discount prices through April 23, 2009 performances. After it officially opens to critics reviews, my guess is the "discount" promotion will be discontinued. It's just the way things are with Broadway tickets. If a show starts selling out, discounts are taken back. One thing to remember though, if you are looking for discount prices and it doesn't necessarily matter which show you see, consult our discount ticket deals list. We usually have upwards of 15 shows we can get at very good rates.

As I close, let me leave you with a brief film clip of my thoughts about Next to Normal in a short video taken outside the Booth Theater last night. I hope you enjoy it.

Let me hear from you if you want to talk about getting tickets to Next to Normal, other great Broadway theater or even if you need . We know so many wonderful places to eat before the theater. You can call Applause Theater Service 7 days a week locally in New York at 212-307-7050 or toll free at 800-451-9930.

We look forward to your call. Take care now and enjoy the Broadway theater.

Rich Gladstone aka The Broadway Ticket Man
Applause Theater Service
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NY,NY 10036
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