Next To Normal
Starring Broadway alum Krissy Fraelich
and National Recording Artist Brian Bortnick
March 7 & 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22,
26 – 29 | 8pm
March 9, 16 and 23 | 3pm
With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, NEXT TO NORMAL tells the deeply intimate story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and explores just how far a family will go to keep themselves sane and their world intact. This award-winning musical broke all traditional theatrical rules by addressing such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life all within the delightful confines of an energetic pop/rock score that proves to be a true emotional powerhouse.
as Diana Goodman
Krissy Fraelich made her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War with Tony Award winning director, Jerry Zaks. Narrator in the first national tour of Joseph…Dreamcoat. She performed under the musical direction of Jason Robert Brown at Symphony Space NYC in Songs for a New World. Performed with the Broadway Gospel Choir alongside Linda Eder at Carnegie Hall. Krissy can be heard on Unsung Musicals and Peter Pan compilation soundtracks on Varese Sarabande Records.
Recent credits: Emily Hobbs in ELF (Walnut Street Theater), Lowdermilk/Kerrigan’s Flash of Time (The Kimmel Center). Other credits include Diana in Next to Normal, Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George, Nurse Betty Gow in Baby Case and Woman 2 in Jacques Brel (all at The Arden Theater Company), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Lenape PAC), and Eva Peron in Evita (Walnut Street Theater).
National Recording Artist
as Dan Goodman
Brian Bortnick is a Philadelphia based singer, songwriter, and musician. After graduating from the University of the Arts, Brian has gone on to play in venues such as The Electric Factory, The Spectrum, The Theater of Living Arts, The Wachovia Center, The Tin Angel and many more. He has performed alongside such national recording artists as 3 Doors Down, 3 Days Grace, Disturbed, Fuel, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Staind, Slash, Gene Simmons, Kid Rock, Scott Weiland and Chris Sligh. At The Philadelphia Music Awards, he was voted “Best Male Vocalist” and also won the coveted title of “Best Original Band” with the band he passionately fronts, “OCTANE”. Brian has sold over 50,000 CD’s and has been featured on several major television and radio networks, as well as magazines and video game soundtracks.
Theatrical Credits: Roger Davis in RENT, Tommy in The Who’s Tommy and Man 2 in My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.
as Natalie Goodman
as Gabe Goodman
as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine