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It's all 'Normal' at LA Stage Co.

Courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
Los Altos Stage Company’s “Next to Normal” runs through June 23.

The Los Altos Stage Company production of the musical “Next to Normal” opened last week and is scheduled to run through June 23 at Bus Barn Theater.

With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, “Normal” explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. The musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

The Goodmans appear to be a typical American family: dad is an architect; mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; and their daughter and son are bright, wisecracking teens. But their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.

Janie Scott directs “Normal.” She has worked as a director and choreographer throughout the country, including as co-choreographer of the Broadway production of the original “Merrily We Roll Along.”

Scott’s creative team for “Normal” includes Lauren Bevilacqua (musical director), Nathanael Card (scenic design), Lisa Rozman (costume design), Edward Hunter (lighting design), Ken Kilen (sound design) and Phyllis E. Garland (properties design).

The cast of six comprises Ella Ruth Francis, Joey McDaniel, Mitchell Mosley, David Saber, Anthony Stephens and Jillian Toby-Cummings.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20-$38.

For advance tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit

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