Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alum and Faculty Bring ‘Next to Normal’ to Writers Theatre May 8-June 19

David Cromer

Former Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department student and faculty member David Cromer HDR ’17, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for The Band’s Visit, directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal at Writers Theatre, located at 325 Tudor Court in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The production runs May 8 through June 16. For tickets, click here.

Andra Velis Simon
Andra Velis Simon

Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member Andra Velis Simon is musical director. Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical concerns a family whose mother is struggling with mental illness triggered by her grief over the death of her son.

As previously reported in this blog, Cromer received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Columbia College when he gave the commencement address at the 2017 Columbia College Chicago graduation. Last month, on his day off from directing Next to Normal, he dropped by the Theatre Department to talk with students and reconnect with former classmates and colleagues.