Meet the Parents of Next to Normal

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Charlie Pollock‘s (Dan) credits include Broadway/NYC: Violet, Urinetown, the Musical!, 9 to 5, the Musical, The Wild Party, Really Rosie, Love’s Labour’s Lost, David Bowie’s Lazarus, Tick, Tick, Boom!, I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Elsewhere: Elmer Gantry, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Carnival; TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, The Good Wife (recurring), The Good Fight (recurring), Elementary.

Christine Sherrill‘s (Diana) credits include Pre-Broadway: First Wives Club (Elise); National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Tanya); Regional: D.C.: Shakespeare Kiss Me Kate (Kate); Signature Theatre: The Fix (Violet); Las Vegas: Mamma Mia! (Donna); Fulton Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); North Carolina Theatre: Gypsy (Mama Rose); Chicago: Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond, 2013 Jeff Award), Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne); Goodman Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit).
 
 
Casa: What excites you the most about heading down to Cowtown?

Charlie: I am from Texas (near Houston and went to college at UT Austin) and still have a ton of family and friends in the DFW area who I am excited to see and who are super pumped to see this show.  I have a lot of special memories of Ft. Worth.  I made my professional debut at Casa in 1996 in The Who’s Tommy and I got married in Cowtown 21 years ago!!!
 
 
Casa: Do you have any preshow rituals?

Christine: Yoga, tea and quiet.
 
 
Casa: Do you have particular credits you’re really proud of and why?

Charlie:  I had the honor of working on David Bowie’s Lazarus.  It was his passion piece and the last thing he completed before his death.  Having David Bowie tell me that my version of “The Man Who Sold the World” was his favorite version of that song ever is definitely a highlight of my career!!!!

Christine: It’s really the reason I’m excited to head to Fort Worth. To date my favorite role was Mama Rose in Eric Woodall’s production of Gypsy at North Carolina Theatre. I would travel anywhere to work with Eric. He wants his work to reach a community and send a message more than anyone. As a result, actors find themselves in a safe, encouraging and thoughtful process that challenges and leads to becoming better artists.
 
 
Casa: This show is on the heavier side of topics, but what excites you the most about doing Next to Normal? 

Christine: I always enjoy a complicated, rigorous female character whose goal is to empower herself and better those around her. Diana is flawed and complex and eager to be the best person she is able to become.
 
 
Casa: What are you hoping the audience will take away from Next to Normal?

Charlie: Empathy. The theatre is the best place to walk in other people’s shoes for a bit.

Christine: Freedom and desire to discuss their own challenges as a family member, whether it includes mental illness or not. My hope for all audience members is that the play sparks a desire to talk about all things heart and mind. Be it joy, grief, marriage, parenthood or psychosocial disabilities, as humans we all have our vulnerabilities and conversation can move our society forward while destroying stigmas.
 
 
Next to Normal is playing at Casa Mañana November 3-11! Click here to get tickets.