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North Fork Community Theatre To Present Tony Award Winning Musical

Nicole Barylski

Emertainment Monthly deemed the soundtrack the Top Ten Original Broadway Musical Soundtracks. (Courtesy Photo)

North Fork Community Theatre's 60th anniversary season will continue with Next to Normal.

"Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, this ground-breaking show is an emotional powerhouse about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other," shared Director Jessica Raven.

The 2008 musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, takes a look at how one seemingly "normal" suburban household deals with crisis and mental illness. While from the outside this family appears ordinary, when you scratch beyond the surface their lives are anything but. The family's matriarch struggles with bipolar disorder, which is getting worse, and the play explores the impact that her illness has on her loved ones.

"Driven by a rock and roll score, Next to Normal is an intense, emotional, and ultimately hopeful evening of theatre that is rarely performed locally," she noted.

Emertainment Monthly deemed the soundtrack the Top Ten Original Broadway Musical Soundtracks. "The songs effortlessly blend together and tell a complete and moving story," said Nora Dominick.

North Fork Community Theater's 60th anniversary season will continue with Next to Normal. (Courtesy Photo)

North Fork Community Theater's adaptation will star Kelli Baumann (Diana), James Stevens (Dan), Sydnee LaBuda/Ava Bianchi (Natalie), Zachary Zain (Gabe), Eric Hughes (Henry), Matthew Mendoza (Dr. Madden), and Peter Peterson (Dr. Fine).

"Don't miss your chance to see this wonderfully talented cast in a piece that will leave you pondering what it means to be 'normal,'" Raven added.

Next to Normal will run Friday, January 19 through Sunday, February 4, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Additionally, the Friday, January 26 show will support Response Crisis Center - with proceeds of a raffle and certain refreshment stand items benefiting the Suffolk County-based volunteer crisis hotline that offers support, counseling, referral assistance.

Tickets are $25 and student rush tickets may be available for $20 ten minutes before curtain time.

North Fork Community Theatre is located at 12700 Sound Avenue in Mattituck. For more information, call 631-298-6328 or visit www.nfct.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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