Marin Mazzie and real-life husband Jason Danieley joined Broadway's NEXT TO NORMAL at the Booth Theatre on July 19, 2010. Courtesy of NY-1 and NBC, the first clips of the pair in performance have circulated! Click below to hear the real-life married couple talk to NBC about playing a married couple eight times a week on stage and see them in action. Click here to see performance clips on NY-1.
Ms. Mazzie and Mr. Danieley play Diana and Dan Goodman, a married couple dealing with Diana's bipolar disorder and the effect it has on their family. They replace Alice Ripley and Brian D'Arcy James, who left the show July 18. Along with them, Meghann Fahy plays their uptight daughter, Natalie, replacing Jennifer Damiano.
NEXT TO NORMAL marks the first time the married Ms. Mazzie and Mr. Danieley appear together in a Broadway musical. The couple last appeared on stage together in New York in the off-Broadway play, The Trojan Women: A Love Story in 1996. The newcomers are joined by original cast members Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson, and Kyle Dean Massey.
Next to Normal has had a surprising and highly unlikely route to Broadway. The musical originally opened at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre On February 13, 2008. Producer David Stone, who had been guiding the musical since 2005, took the unexpected step of bringing the show to Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage where it was significantly reworked, and then back to New York and to Broadway, where it opened to rave reviews on April 15, 2009. This unusual trajectory from a New York Off-Broadway premiere to an out-of-town regional theatre engagement and then back to New York is unprecedented.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards - Best Score, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations - Next to Normal features music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, and direction by Michael Greif. The creative team also includes Mark Wendland (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), and Brian Ronan (sound design). Musical staging is by Sergio Trujillo and musical direction by Charlie Alterman. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt and vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo.
For tickets and more information, visit www.nexttonormal.com/.