Next to Normal


Next to Normal


Music by  Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by  Brian Yorkey


Two Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version

Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMALwith book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show 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).

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