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Next To Normal

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. What appears to be a typical American family is living a life that is anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. This deeply moving piece is an emotional powerhouse set to an energetic pop/rock score, as it takes the audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story of love, grief, and emotional healing.
 
“This brave, breathtaking musical…focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives,” explains The New York Times regarding the original Broadway production, “Next to Normal does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.”

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