Bridgeport Theatre Company extends ‘Next to Normal’


Eli Newsom, Andreas Wyder and Melinda Zupaniotis perform a scene from ‘Next to Normal,” presented by the Bridgeport Theatre Company at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre this weekend.

Bridgeport Theatre Company, in response to last weekend’s three canceled performances due to inclement weather, will extend its production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, Next to Normal, at Downtown Cabaret Theatre. Two additional performances will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m.

The production, directed by Christy McIntosh and with musical direction by Clay Zambo, features an all-local cast that includes Arielle Boutin, Marcelo Calderon, Tony Leone, Eli Newsom, Andreas Wyder and Melinda Zupaniotis.

Next to Normal is a rock musical that follows a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family, addressing issues of grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life with raw emotion and humor.

The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009 and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning three — Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for seniors 65 and older and $18 for students. Existing ticket holders for this past weekend (Feb. 8 through 10), contact BTC’s box office company, Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 immediately to get re-seated at either performance on Saturday or Sunday or to request a full refund or donate the ticket price to BTC if  unable to attend either added performance.

Sodas and snacks will be available for purchase, and all are encouraged to bring their own picnics for the cabaret style seating. The seating area will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. An attended parking lot is available.

To order tickets, visit or call 800-838-3006. BTC recommends this production for audiences 12 and over.

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