Auditions for Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt and Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey


Enter the tumultuous world of Next to Normal, where the line between reality and illusion blurs, and the complexities of love, loss, and mental illness collide. In a suburban home, secrets simmer beneath the surface, threatening to unravel the fragile threads holding a family together. Join us on an emotional rollercoaster as we navigate the highs and lows of life, love, and the pursuit of normalcy in this gripping, Tony-winning musical that dares to ask: what does it mean to be truly ‘normal’? This production is licensed by Music Theatre International.

Note: This production explores the topic of mental health and contains mature, adult language. Due to the sensitive subject matter and scripted language, viewer discretion is advised.

Audition Dates

  • Friday, July 19, 2024, at 7 p.m.: Vocal workshop (optional)
  • Auditions: Monday, July 29, 2024: Registration at 6:00 p.m., Auditions at 6:30 p.m.
  • Callbacks: Tuesday, July 30, 2024: 6:30 p.m.

Performance Dates: October 23 (preview), 25, 26, 27, November 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2024

  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays @ 8 p.m.
  • Sundays 2 p.m.

Rehearsal Schedule TBD.
You must be available for all tech and dress rehearsals.

Auditions: In-person (preferred)

The Auditions will be held at Village Players, 34660 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009.  Ample parking is provided on-site.

Auditions: Virtual/Video Submission

If you are unable to attend auditions in person, you may submit a video audition to All video submissions must be received by July 28, 2024. Please record your first and last name, role(s) you are auditing for, and the vocal cut performance.

Meet the Production Team

  • Director: Rodel Salazar
  • Producers: Diana McClain, Bryan Conroy
  • Music Director: Curtis Rowe

Character Descriptions

  • Ages are of the characters and not necessarily of the actors auditioning.
  • Will cast any ethnicities for all roles
  • Please familiarize yourself with the song(s) for the character(s) for which you will be auditioning.


  • DIANA: Female (mid-late 30s) All ethnicities. Sexy, sharp, and funny. A bipolar depressive woman who’s been on various medications for many years. Strong belt with comfortable soprano mix.
  • DAN: Male (mid-late 30s) All ethnicities. Diana’s kind and patient husband. A strong family man who’s diligent and faithful but constantly struggles to stay positive and in control. Tenor with a strong characteristic voice.
  • GABE: Male (almost 18) All ethnicities. Diana and Dan’s son. A bright, witty, kind and dashing teenager who is sometimes snarky and sarcastic but with a healthy sense of playfulness. Strong rock tenor with falsetto.
  • NATALIE: Female (around 16) All ethnicities. Diana and Dan’s daughter who is a bright, energetic, determined overachiever. She tries to be a perfect daughter as a response to her dysfunctional and imperfect family. Has a sense of humor. Strong mezzo belt.
  • HENRY: Male (around 17) All ethnicities. Natalie’s mellow musician and genius boyfriend. He’s soulfully funny, with a scruffy charm and a floppy style. He’s very perceptive, thoughtful and compassionate. Baritenor.
  • DR. MADDEN: Male (30s – 50s) All ethnicities. An up-and-coming psychiatrist who’s committed to alternative methods and holistic healing. He’s very assured, confident and intensely insightful. A very professional doctor with a rock-star soul. (Also plays, Dr. Fine, a psychopharmacologist) Baritone.

Vocal Cuts for general AUDITIONS

Vocal cuts for CALLBACKS

** Click here for the Next to Normal Audition Registration Form **

You may download the registration form linked above and complete it prior to your audition. If you do, please bring it with you.

Furthermore, blank forms will be available at the audition.

NOTE: As of March 15, 2023, we will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, although we strongly recommend it. For more information about our Contagious Disease Policy please click here.

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