By Wayne Harada
'Next to Normal' auditions
Manoa Valley Theatre will hold auditions for “Next to Normal,” a Tony Award-winning musical, at 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 26) and Tuesday (Nov. 27) at the MVT Theatre.
Brett Harwood, formerly of Army Community Theatre, steps in as guest director to replace ailing earlier-announced Glenn Cannon. Megan Mount will be musical director.
The show — which will be a Hawaii premiere — deals with a mother struggling with bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her husband, her son and her daughter, as well with ethics in modern psychiatry and the impact on suburban life.
A cast of four men and two women is sought. Tryouts will require singing of 16 bars of a prepared song (bring sheet music) and readings from the script, copies of which are available for perusal at the theater at 2833 E. Manoa Road during business hours. An accompanist will be provided; a capella or karaoke singing will not be allowed.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 2 at Iolani School for a run from March 7 to 31 at MVT.
Information: 988-6131. For specifics on the role requirements, visit manoavalleytheatre.com.
‘Wicked’ a fundraising hero
“Wicked,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster still running on the Great White Way, provided a $27,100 check to benefit the Pali Momi Medical Center’s Health Care Hero event.
The musical, which opened Thanksgiving Day and runs through Jan. 12 at Blaisdell Concert Hall, partnered with the Pali Momi in the project to bring awareness and to support the patient-centered comprehensive health services provided by Pali Momi’s Women’s Center. The funds were raised in pre-opening ticket sales earmarked for the hospital program and presented by cast and producer reps following Sunday’s (Nov. 25) matinee performance.
“Wicked,” presented as the first of a three-show Broadway in Hawaii season, will be followed by “Rain,” a Beatles-music attraction May 14 through 19, and Blue Man Group June 18 to 23.