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Casts announced for 'Next to Normal' and 'The Color Purple'

Chris Jones

9:48 AM CDT, July 9, 2013

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The Broadway and Chicago actress Susie McMonagle is to star in the upcoming Drury Lane Theatre  production of "Next to Normal," the theater has announced.

McMonagle will play the role of the mother Diana, first performed by Alice Ripley. She'll be opposite Rod Thomas, with Skyler Adams, Callie Johnson, Colte Julian and Josh Tolle making up the rest of the cast.  

Meanwhile, the Mercury Theater says that Broadway actress Trisha Jeffrey will star as Celie in the Mercury's production of "The Color Purple," alongside Jasondra Johnson, Keithon Gipson and Adrienne Walker.  Previews begin Aug. 14.