Arts & Culture

In the Spotlight | 'Next to Normal'

Presented by: Downstage Productions

Where: Saenger Theatre, Biloxi

Show times/dates: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. April 3

Director: Janice Murphy

Musical director: Trae Spears

Stage manager: Rachel Thone

Production manager: Derrick Ford

Set design and construction: Dan and Sean Murphy

Hair and makeup: Christen Goff

Music: Tom Kitt

Book and lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Starring: Jennifer Scrimpshire, Mark Williams, Cody Breland, James McKinney and Trae Spears

Synopsis: "Next To Normal," with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next To Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's 10 best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. "Next To Normal" takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Tickets: $20 adults and $15 seniors, military and students