Westport Country Playhouse cancels April 5 preview performance of NEXT TO NORMAL due to technical issues

Due to technical issues, Westport Country Playhouse has canceled the first preview performance of the pop/rock musical ‘Next to Normal’ on Tuesday April 5 and is rescheduling ticket holders for future performances of their choosing. Previews will now begin from Wednesday, April 6 through Friday, April 8. Opening night will remain Saturday, April 9. Production will continue until Sunday, April 24.

“Theater professionals have dynamic minds, but we are not immune to global forces,” said Michael Barker, Playhouse’s chief executive. “Even we in the theater world are finding ourselves impacted by supply chain and labor shortages. forced to cancel our first preview on Tuesday, April 5.”

Over the past weekend, ticket holders for the canceled performance received emails and phone communications from the Playhouse with instructions on how to reschedule by filling out a form. Box office staff will be available on Monday, April 4, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., to process deferral forms in the order received. For additional questions or concerns, please contact boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177. Due to anticipated high call volume, please be prepared to leave a voicemail message; a ticketing representative will return the message as soon as possible.

There is no charge for rescheduling instead of the canceled performance. Any supplement for a date with a higher ticket price will be waived. Every effort will be made to provide comparable seating.

“Next to Normal,” the three-time Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, will play April 6-24. A multiracial cast is led by Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Angel in “Rent,” and Darlesia Cearcy, who played Erzulie in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Once on This Island.” The musical is directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, who conducted the Playhouse production of “In the Heights” in 2019. Featuring a six-piece live orchestra, the pop/rock score is by Tom Kitt, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

“Next to Normal” pushes the boundaries of contemporary musical theater with a story about the loss and endurance of a family. Dad is an architect. Mom rushes to prepare lunches and pour cereal. Their daughter and son are bright and well-behaved teenagers. They seem like a typical suburban American family. And yet, their life is anything but ordinary as the mother has struggled with mental illness for 16 years. As the mother’s struggle prevents the family from having a normal life, she hopes for an “almost normal” life. The musical takes audiences inside the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family history with love, compassion and wit. The show is appropriate for ages 14 and up; the duration is approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

The production sponsor is Czekaj Artistic Productions. The corporate production partner is Bank of America. Additional support is provided by cthumanities. Media sponsors for the 2022 season are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

Single tickets for “Next to Normal” start at $35 during previews (April 6-8) and from April 9 on opening night, tickets start at $50 and are subject to change based on availability. Buy early for the best prices. For more information on special offers, including discounts for students, seniors, educators, military and first responders, Indigenous peoples, professional playwrights and groups, as well as options to pay this you want and the Westport Library pass, visit www. westportplayhouse.org/visit/box-office/.

All game titles, artists, dates and times are subject to change.

All members of the public must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all times inside Westport Country Playhouse. The Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States, requires actors to perform only in theaters where the audience wears masks. For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court , off Highway 1, Westport.

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