West Boca’s own Slow Burn Theatre company will be performing Next to Normal starting October 18th at the West Boca High School.
Next to Normal won three Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010. As the company puts it:
…explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness … [telling] the story of a mother … who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.
The star of the show is Sharyn Peoples, who got some odd press not too long ago in the Huffington Post from an incident in Mizner Park.
Below is a shot of Peoples (left) with cast members Anne Chamberlain and Matthew Korinko (who is also a founder and artistic director of Slow Burn Theatre.
As is their usual setup, shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. That is for the first two weekends. For the final weekend (November 1st and 2nd), there is no Sunday show. We took a quick look and some of the performances appear to have sold a lot of tickets. Best opportunities for good seats appear to be opening night, closing night, and Sunday, October 27th.
To get a better sense of the troupe, below are some clips from a performance they did last year of Avenue Q
And next is an interview with Korinko about the company and their performance of Sweeney Todd in April:
For more information, see the Slow Burn Theatre website.