Thu, May 12, 2011 3:45 PM by Ryan Jones
Next to Normal opened at the Ordway Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. The critics came to see the show and here’s what they thought:
Show attendees had the chance to share what they thought of the actor’s performances in our KARE 11 Memory Booth. Here is what some of them had to say about the show:
Did you see the show at the Ordway? Leave your comment and let us know what you think. We want to hear from you!
Andrea Candlin writes: 5/15/2011 10:13:25 AM
I saw the play in nyc with my daughters. I loved it and could not say enough thongs about it. when I saw it coming here called my husband and asked himt to get tickets. unfortunately I found the voice of lead singer to be so terrible it ruined the show for me. Ivwoke up his morning hoping we would get a call saying the lead was sick and we should getva refund on our tickets or a chance to see it again!
Andrea Candlin writes: 5/15/2011 10:33:40 AM
Sorry about the typos in my comments. The rest of the cast was great! I cannot say enough good THINGS about them! Depression could cause unclear speech but this is a work of art and the audience needed to understand what she had to say.
Rebecca Webb writes: 5/16/2011 3:43:55 PM
Saw the matinee on May 14. I was SO PLEASED that Alice Ripley played. I'd heard she was only contracted for 6 shows a week and might skip matinees. What a privilege to get to see her! Everyone was great. Cried three times. But it was the incredibly effective way the actors pulled off the brilliant staging that filled my heart with gratitude. Thank you, N2N, for coming to the Twin Cities!
Ann writes: 5/20/2011 8:27:08 PM
I totally agree with Andrea's comments. I was so excited to see the show and to see Alice perform. Everyone in the cast was excellent EXCEPT for Alice. I would cringe when she came on the stage because her voice and tone and tune were TERRIBLE. The reviews said she had been sick. I even called the Ordway the day after and was told Alice had been ill. When I inquired about why the understudy wasn't used, I was told because people come to the theatre to see marquee performers. Yes, agreed. I would like to see a marquee performer perform well. This did not happen at the performance I attended. It's too bad that I spent over $200 on three tickets for a sub-par performance from a supposed marquee performer. Fail.
Roger Wells writes: 5/22/2011 5:12:02 PM
We attended the 5/18 performance and were very disappointed with the off-key singer (mother) and excessive loud volume of the orchestra. It was not possible to understand much of the singers words, so much of the impact of this production was lost in the noise. Unfortunately there are not any "memorable" songs to remember the show as there is for almost any other show. Sorry, but this was the most disappointing show we have seen at the Ordway to date.
Magaret Longlet writes: 5/22/2011 10:04:07 PM
My husband and I thought this was one of the worst Ordway musicals we have ever seen. It is one thing to raise awareness about a very serious mental health issue and quite another to sing about it. How about a musical about someone with a devistating cancer diagnosis? We were very uncomfortable with the whole idea of also having the U.Of M. basically soliciting donations via a flier in the playbill as well. Poor taste all around.
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