Next to Normal

This groundbreaking rock musical by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book, lyrics), explores the effect that mental illness and its treatment can have on a family. As a suburban mother struggles with bipolar disorder, her family struggles, too.  This compelling story combined with powerful performances by Kristen DeGrazia, Victoria Vaughn, Chris Walbert, K. Michael Moore, Austin Wicke and Michael Penick, yield a unique and moving musical experience.

Directed by Kathryn Van Meter with musical direction by Janelle Lauer.

Listen to cast members, Director Van Meter and dramaturg, Chris Okiishi discuss Next to Normal on Eric Teeter’s  podcast Talking Theatre.

February 10,11,12 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM)

February 11 Pre-show Discussion

Prior to the February 11 Saturday night performance, City Circle will partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present a pre-show discussion at 6:45. Director Kathryn Van Meter and local psychiatrist Christopher Okiishi will be joined on stage by members of the local NAMI organization in an interactive discussion about the impact of mental illness on individuals and their families and communities.

Ms. Van Meter has a unique relationship with Next to Normal, having worked on the show since its first reading in 2002. She choreographed the first New York production then called Feelin’ Electric. She has worked with playwright Brian Yorkey on numerous projects before and since.

Dr. Okiishi is a board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist serving the Eastern Iowa community for the last 20 years. In addition, he actively works with several local theatres.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s leading advocacy group for persons living with mental illness and their families.


Tickets to on sale Wednesday, December 21 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

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