"Next to Normal" - By Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt - Central Square Theater (Cambridge, MA.)

Central Square Theater

Presents the Musical 


Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Pascale Florestal

Cast Includes: Cortlandt Barrett as "Natalie," Diego Cintron as "Gabe," Ricky Holguin* as "Dr. Madden/Fine," Sheree Marcelle as "Diane," Dashawn McClinton as "Henry," Anthony Pires, Jr.* as "Dan."

Co-produced with The Front Porch Arts Collective 

Additional Creative Team:

Scenic Designer - Erik D. Diaz; Scenic Assistant - Octavia Reohr; Costume Designer - Kiara Escalera; Lighting Designer - Michael Clark Wonson; Associate Lighting Designer - Emily Bearce; Properties Designer - Lauren Corcuera; Sound Designer - James Cannon; Intimacy Director - Sean Patrick Gibbons; Wardrobe Supervisor - Katherine Scott; Sound Engineer - Gus Voorhees; A1 - Angela He; Stage Manager - Deirdre Benson*; Assistant Stage Manager - Athéna-Gwendolyn Baptiste; Sub Stage Manager - Fanni Horváth*; Sub Assistant Stage Manager - Roisin Daly.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.  


June 2, 2024 through June 30, 2024

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)

CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 


# 617-576-278 




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"NEXT TO NORMAL," with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. 

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, "NEXT TO NORMAL" was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. 

And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. 

"NEXT TO NORMAL" takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score.

"NEXT TO NORMAL" is "an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life and is ideal for community theatres, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies." -mtishows 


CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER (CST) is dedicated to the exploration of social justice, science and sexual politics through theater; catalyzing the dynamic synergies sparked by the collaboration between The Nora and Underground Railway. Through award-winning productions, the Catalyst Collaborative@ MIT Science Theater Initiative, and youth development programming – CST creates theater where points of view are heard, perspective shifts, and change can happen. 


450 Massachusetts Avenue  

Cambridge, MA. 02139 

# 617-576-9278