Powerhouse cast to accompany powerhouse musical

The Empire Theatre Company will present the award winning rock musical Next to Normal opening February 6th.

This contemporary musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama offers an unflinching look at a suburban household as they cope with crisis and the unpredictability of a mother's worsening bipolar disorder. Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

The creative team for Next to Normal includes: Chris Berg, director; Maddie Sharpe, music director: Abigail Plumley, stage manager; Tyler Smith, sound technician. This production features regional and national actors Nathan Haltiwanger, Casey Hennessy, Darin Kerr, *Allison Mickelson, Lauren Sanner, and Randall Taylor.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

When: February 6-9 & 12-16 6-8 at 7:30PM
Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave Grand Forks, ND 58201
Tickets: $20 for students/military, $24 for adults, **$5 for Xcel Energy Rush
**Rush tickets are limited and available at the door one hour prior to curtain. Rush
tickets are cash only, and all members of your party must be present
Purchase tickets weekdays at 701-746-5500 or anytime at www.empireartscenter.com.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. Next to Normal is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.www.MTIShows.com.

Next to Normal is the Empire Theatre Company’s third show of their seventh season, which also includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opening April 17th.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Grand Forks community. The Empire provides a welcoming venue for local community organizations, as well as develops its own artistic programming such as the Empire Theatre Company and The 1919 Lounge. The Empire is also home to the UND Art Collections Gallery; exhibits from this collection have displayed works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.