Ma-Anne Dionisio readies for a role that finds humour in mental health

Dionisio talks about her experience moving to Canada, landing her breakthrough role as Kim in Miss Saigon, and now, prepping for the lead role in the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal.
Dionisio plays the lead role of Diana Goodman, a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, in the Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal (Submitted by J. Randy Alldread/Mirvish Productions)

Since landing the role of Kim in the original Canadian cast of Miss Saigon back in 1993, actor Ma-Anne Dionisio has performed in stage productions like Les Misérables and West Side Story, to television shows including Schitt's Creek and Flashpoint

Now you can catch her in a new production of Next to Normal, the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical. In the show, Dionisio plays Diana Goodman, a mother and wife who's trying to manage her bipolar disorder while she juggles the day-to-day pressures of family life.

Dionisio joined q's Tom Power to talk about the role and tell us a bit more about her own story. Next to Normal opens in Toronto on Friday, April 26.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full interview.

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