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Far Better Than Normal
‘Next to Normal’ is Excellent

2012 October 28

Googie Uterhardt and Catherine Porter, Photo: Greg Mooney

Here it is folks, an outstanding production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal.” All the actors in this Alliance Theatre cast are excellent, as are the directing,  lighting and set design.

Catherine Porter, who plays the lead, Diana, was the understudy on Broadway.  And there are other Broadway veterans in this show too. But here’s what’s so strange: I LOVED Googie Uterhardt, a local actor who plays Dr. Fine and Dr. Madden. I can’t say he stole the show, but what a performance of a wild yet sedated psychoanalyst!

See show details and interview with the director here.

Music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Scott Schwartz, featuring Jordan Craig, Bob Gaynor, Catherine Porter, Lyndsay Ricketson, Cary Tedder and Googie Uterhardt, “Next to Normal” runs through Nov. 11 at the Alliance Theatre.



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