Broadway show jumps from Longacre
The incoming Broadway incarnation of tuner “Next to Normal” will play the Booth Theater instead of its previously announced venue, the Longacre.“Normal” has jumped in to fill the vacancy created by the sudden closing of short-lived musical “The Story of My Life,” which shuttered Sunday after taking a beating from critics. Producers of “Normal” had been hoping for an intimate theater of about 800 seats (like the Booth), but because a house of that size was not originally available, they decided to put the show in the Longacre and close the second balcony. Move to the Booth allows “Normal” to play an 800-seat venue without necessitating a modified seating plan. Start date for “Normal” remains the same, with the Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey tuner beginning previews March 27 ahead of an April 15 opening. Show is produced by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo and Second Stage Theater.