Arts After Hours launches 7th season with bold musical about mental illness

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From Arts After Hours –

Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, will take the stage at Arts After Hours June 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 8PM and June 4 and 11 at 4PM at the LynnArts Black Box Theatre, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Tickets are on sale at The show contains adult themes, situations, and language.

With music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal centers around the Goodman family. This brave rock/pop contemporary musical takes a candid, respectful look at a family battling mental illness. The music alone will leave you breathless; the lyrics are some of the most honest from contemporary Broadway. 

Arts After Hours’ production of Next to Normal is directed by Adrienne Boris with musical direction by Bethany AIken. The design team includes many from Arts After Hours’ 2016 production of The Last Five Years. “The creative team, which includes two Lynn residents, have found very moving ways to bring the chaos and instability of the Goodman family into focus for the audience,” says Artistic Director Thomas Martin. “We cannot wait to have our patrons respond to the set, costumes, lights, and sound that will help bring this moving musical to life.”

Co-Founder and Managing Director Corey Jackson returns to AAH’s stage for the first time since the company’s inaugural season. The cast also includes AAH alums Alex Grover (Evil Dead) and Siobhan Carroll (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); as well as Katie Pickett, Matthew Corr, and Nicolas Fernandez. “We are excited to welcome some very talented new artists into the AAH family, and to have audience favorites back on our stage,” says Martin. “And after years of trying, nothing makes me more excited than getting Corey Jackson back in front of Lynn audiences, where he belongs!”

This show marks the beginning of Arts After Hours Season 7, a season of outsiders. In conjunction with the show, AAH is promoting a mental health conversation on a blog called Normal Stories ( The June 11th matinee performance will include a discussion with Dr. Mark Alexakos, Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Lynn Community Health Center. AAH encourages the community to join this discussion and end the stigma on mental illness.

This season is made possible by season sponsor Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, as well as generous support from Salem Five Bank, Neighborhood Development Associates, the Lynn Cultural Council, additional corporate sponsors, and individual donations.

To reserve tickets or learn more about the production, please visit, call 781-205-4010, or visit Arts After Hours’ Facebook page.

The mission of Arts After Hours is to engage and transform downtown Lynn through the experience of live theatre.

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