Spotlight Associate Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Next to Normal”

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** What a joy it is to have the supremely talented director David Cromer back at Writers Theatre. The North Shore native, who has been living in New York City for the past decade, returns to direct his sixth show (but the first in the new Writers Theatre building) with a touching and simply sensational rendering of the 2009 musical “Next to Normal.” Chicagoland audiences once again have a chance to see the very special magic that a director as gifted as Cromer can bring to a show, and all of this only a year after Cromer’s Broadway production of the musical “The Band’s Visit” swept the 2018 Tony Awards ceremony, winning Cromer the coveted Best Director trophy. 4 SPOTLIGHTS

“Next to Normal” continues its run until June 16, 2019
Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL (in The Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre).
Box Office: 847-242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org
Tuesdays – Fridays at 7:30 PM (with select 3:00 PM Wednesday matinees on May 29 and June 12)
Saturdays at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM (except June 2 and June 16)
Open-Captioned performance: Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Prices for all performances range from $35 to $80. Purchase early for best prices.
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.

Read reviews by Carol Moore and Jeffrey Leibham at www.spotlightonlake.com.