By: Nathan Carroll
Nearly everyone I’ve ever met knows I’m obsessed with Will & Grace.
For the better part of 20 years, I’ve watched at least one episode a day. The characters mean so much to me that I’ve got their apartment number tattooed on my skin.
In one of my favourite episodes, ‘The Unsinkable Mommy Adler,’ Grace brings up how Will sees people:
“Will has a theory about relationships. One person is the gardener who tends, and the other person is the flower who gets tended to.”
We sat down with Rielle Braid, Rehearsal Doctor Madden, to discuss the rehearsal process for Next to Normal.
Rielle is playing the role of Doctor Madden in rehearsal while Louise Pitre finishes up the pre-Broadway run of Marie, Dancing Still at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. We spoke to Rielle about this unique rehearsal process and how she works to serve the entire production of Next to Normal.
Did you know that although the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been awarded since 1918, only nine musicals have won the prestigious prize? NEXT TO NORMAL won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for “expanding the scope of subject matter for musicals,” having been the first musical to directly discuss and showcase mental health and how it can affect a family.
Check out the entire list of Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals below and join us at the CAA Theatre, April 26 – May 19, 2019, as we return to the Off-Mirvish Series with NEXT TO NORMAL.