2 Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version (2009)
An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Next To Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 TONY Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next To Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including
The Los AngelesTimes,
The Washington Post,
Rolling Stone and
The New York Times.
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal;
and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American
family. And yet their lives are
anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such
issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban
life and is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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Not all Broadway musicals have had happy premises or happy endings. Popular musicals over the years which featured death or murder include: Redhead (1959), Sweeney Todd (1979), and West Side Story (1957).