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Cancelled: Sydney’s debut production of Next To Normal has been pulled



Ian Stenlake and Michelle Doak will star in Next To Normal. Image by Blueprint Studios

Out of a job: Ian Stenlake and Michelle Doake were set to star in Next To Normal at the Capitol Theatre. Image by Blueprint Studios

Sydney seems to be having a hard time with musicals this year.

An Officer and a Gentleman announced an early closing just weeks ago, Love Never Dies shortened it’s 20 week season to just 12 earlier this year, Rock Of Ages was cancelled before it arrived from Brisbane and now the much anticipated NSW Premiere of Next To Normal won’t be making it to the stage either.

Paul Jay of Newline Productions announced today that the production of Next To Normal which was set to open at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on September 13 has been cancelled.

He explained the difficult decision in a statement:

“It’s with regret I have to make notification of the cancellation of Next to Normal in Sydney”, he said.

“Due to circumstances beyond my control I have had to make this gut wrenching decision.”

There had been concerns raised within the industry when Newline Prouductions announced it’s intention to mount the Sydney Premiere at the Capitol Theatre, due to its size and the intimacy of the production.

Tyran Parke and Kelley Abbey had been enlisted to direct and stage the production, while Ian Stenlake, Bobby Fox, Michelle Doake, Dash Kruck, Erica Lovell and Ross Hannaford had been announced as the cast for the production.

Melbourne’s Premiere production of Next To Normal took place at the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2010 starring Kate Kendall and Matt Hetherington, and the South Australian premiere production opened at the Opera Studio in May this year.

This is a devastating blow for all involved in the production, and it cannot be without heartache that the production has been pulled.

Graeme Kearns, General Manager of the Capitol Theatre says that the venue is now working to secure other productions to fill the gap left by Next To Normal.

“We now have a theatre to fill”, he told AussieTheatre this morning.

Perhaps the production will have a life in Sydney at another venue, at another time but until then, it’s the OBC recording for New South Welshmen.

Ticket holders should contact their original point of purchase to arrange a refund.


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