Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical at Coronado Playhouse: “Next to Normal”

Next to NormalNEXT TO NORMAL

May 25 – June 17, 2018
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm & Sunday @2pm


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Coronado Playhouse continues its 2018 Season, A Family Affair, with Next to Normal, opening Friday, May 25th and running until Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at CPH, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118.

Peter Armado (Henry) Anthony Donovan (Dan) Rebekah Rawhouser (Diana) SeeJay Lewis (Gabe) Chloe Marcotte (Natalie) Photo: Ken Jacques

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Heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic in its examination of a suburban family and how they handle mother’s 16-year battle with bi-polar disorder, Next to Normal is a tremendously moving and intimate musical about deeply complicated and flawed human beings and takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

The powerful rock-music score by Tom Kitt (If/Then, American Idiot, Freaky Friday), garnered three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Next to Normal is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”

Making his Coronado Playhouse directorial debut, Chad Oakley has assembled a talented and committed cast of six actor/singers and a dedicated and experienced design & creative team. Mr. Oakley is a long-time collaborator and friend of Coronado Playhouse having designed both sets and lighting on many previous productions. This time as Director, he is joined by Musical Director Martín Martiarena to bring what the Chicago Tribune calls, “An honest, truthful story about a family with problems but a whole lot of love for each other and beautiful, artful, deeply moving.”

Tickets range from $20-$27 and are available through Coronado Playhouse’s Box Office at (619) 435-4856 or online at

Community Partner – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of San Diego
Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.  During the run of Next to Normal, Coronado Playhouse is partnering with Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of San Diego in an effort to bring exposure and donations to this excellent and vital program.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of San Diego’s mission is to provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people in San Diego County who are living with mood disorders.
For more information and to make a donation, please visit:

Special Events

Post-Show Panel and Q&A with Community Partner DBSA – Sunday, June 3rd
Audience members are invited to stay after the show for a panel discussion and talk-back with members of the cast and creative team along with representatives from our community partner, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance San Diego, and their associated mental health professionals to talk about the challenging subject matter tackled in Next to Normal.

Performance and Production Information:

Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
WHEN: May 25-June 17, 2018
TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays 2pm
TICKETS: $20-$27
Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Group rates available.
WHERE: Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118

Directed by Chad Oakley, Music Direction by Martín Martiarena, Produced by Jennifer McKenna, Associate Producer is Anthony Zelig
Featuring: Rebekah Rawhouser (Diana), Anthony Donovan (Dan), Chloe Marcotte (Natalie), SeeJay Lewis (Gabe), Peter Armado (Henry) and Connor Boyd (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden)
Design & Additional Creative Team: Jacob Sampson (Set Designer), Sarah Robinson (Costume Designer & Assistant Director), Anthony Zelig (Lighting Designer), Michael Cook (Sound Designer), Mike McCullock (Projections Designer), Kathy Parks (Stage Manager)

Coronado Playhouse Box Office
(619) 435-4856

Next to Normal is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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