Brian d’Arcy James will be rejoining the Tony Award winning musical Next To Normal, this time on Broadway. James originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Off-Broadway premiere of Next To Normal at Second Stage Theatre, but was unavailable when the show eventually went on to its Broadway production at the Booth Theatre. Now that he’s no longer playing the title role in Shrek, and his limited run engagement in Time Stands Still has ended, Brian d’Arcy James is now free to succeed J. Robert Spencer (Jersey Boys) when he exits the show on May 16. James will start his run in the show the following day, May 17.
The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday, and New York’s own New York Times was honored in several categories.
The Times won Pulitzers in three categories: National Reporting, Explanatory Reporting, and Investigative Reporting, for a collaboration between The New York Times Magazine and Pro Publica, a non-profit journalism service. The latter was given to Sherri Fink of Pro Publica, in collaboration with The Times, for a story that detailed the decisions made by doctors cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times staff won in the National Reporting category for their work on the dangerous use of cell phones and other devices while operating cars and trucks. (In response to the articles, a number of legislators proposed bills trying to reduce distractions while driving.) For Explanatory Reporting, Michael Moss and members of The New York Times staff won for food safety issues.
The Broadway rock musical “Next to Normal” won the award for Drama. The show had previously won two Tony Awards–for best Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley)–and deals with the subject of metal illness in a suburban housewife.
The Pulitzer Prize awards are given each year by the President of Columbia University, on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize board.
Other winners include The Seattle Times staff for Breaking News Reporting; the novel Tinkers by Paul Harding for Fiction; and Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed, which won for History.
Pulitzer Prize winners receive $10,000–and of course, the right to brag to their neighbors.
The acclaimed Broadway musical Next To Normal, which last year nabbed the Tony Award for Best Musical, has now won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Written by Tony-winning songwriting team Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), the new musical is about the unlikely subject of mental illness and stars Alice Ripley in a role that won her the Tony. The show, which has been under development for a few years (and was previously titled Feeling Electric) had its Off-Broadway debut at the Second Stage Theatre, and it appears that Next To Normal‘s next major production will be in Toronto. The other finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama this year were The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph; and In the Next Room or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl, which was seen on Broadway earlier this season.
Fans of the new musical Next To Normal, with a score by Tom Kitt (High Fidelity) and Brian Yorkey will be pleased to know that the original Broadway cast recording is now available for purchase. With 30 songs, the recording is a 2-disc set and features vocals by Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer. The Broadway cast album for the new revival of West Side Story, starring newcomer Josefina Scaglione and Karen Olivo (In the Heights), is on the verge of release, set to come out on June 2. (The extremely short-lived new musical The Story of My Life, starring Will Chase and Malcolm Gets, will also have its cast CD released on that day.) Fans of that classic Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score, featuring songs like “Maria” and “Tonight,” will want to get the new recording, especially since it has something prior incarnations don’t – Spanish language versions of “I Feel Pretty” and “A Boy Like That”. Another Broadway revival, the new production of Hair, also has a recording soon to be released. The Hair CD, boasting the talents of Will Swenson and Gavin Creel, will be out on June 23.
It’s been a long road to Broadway for the musical Next To Normal, a family drama written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, but it will finally arrive on the Great White Way this spring. Previously titled Feeling Electric, Next To Normal had workshops in NYC and was given a staged reading at the New York Musical Theatre Festival prior to opening Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 2008. The Second Stage production was well-received and led to rumors that the musical would transfer to Broadway, but, curiously, the show took another route. Following rewrites by the creative team, Next To Normal went on to another run, with almost the entire Off-Broadway cast intact, at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. Now Next To Normal, with the same cast and director as the Arena production, will at last come to Broadway’s Longacre Theatre, with an official Broadway opening scheduled for April 15.
The new Off-Broadway musical Next To Normal, written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, opens tonight at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Alice Ripley and Brian d’Arcy James, both Broadway regulars, star in the production, which is directed by Michael Greif (most famous for helming Broadway’s Rent). Composer Tom Kitt’s most recent New York show was High Fidelity, which had a very short run on Broadway.