They are so alive – meet the Next to Normal West End cast

The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production is now in previews at Wyndham’s Theatre

Caissie Levy, © WhatsOnStage
Caissie Levy, © WhatsOnStage

We sat down with the West End cast of Next to Normal!

WhatsOnStage was invited over to Wyndham’s Theatre to meet the perfect loving family – Caissie Levy, Jamie Parker, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Jack Wolfe and Trevor Dion Nicholas.

The 2008 musical, which has music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, follows a mother struggling with bipolar disorder. It was first seen on Broadway in 2009 and went on to win three Tony Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It had its long-awaited UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse last summer, in a new production by Michael Longhurst.

Also in the company is Jack Ofrecio. Joining them are Carolyn Maitland (Woman in White) as standby Diana, having previously performed this role during the Donmar Warehouse season, alongside new cast members Ben Heathcote (The Beautiful Game) as standby Dan / Dr Madden / Dr Fine, Lizzy Parker (Heathers: The Musical) as standby Natalie and Jake Reynolds (Grease) as standby Gabe / Henry.

Our lead critic Sarah Crompton described the piece as an “astonishing, involving show” and you can read her full review here. The production was also nominated for six WhatsOnStage Awards (the most for any new musical) including Best New Musical and Best Performer in a Musical. It won for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical for star Jack Wolfe.


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The production features musical supervision by Nigel Lilley, design by Chloe Lamford, movement, choreography and additional direction by Ann Yee, lighting by Lee Curran, sound design by Tony Gayle, video design by Tal Rosner, orchestrations by Michael Starobin and Kitt, vocal Arrangements by Annmarie Milazzo, associate direction by Alessandra Davidson, associate set and costume design by Helen Hebert, casting by Anna Cooper, musical direction by Nick Barstow and production management by Chris Hay.

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Final performance: 21 September 2024