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Next to Normal

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy
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‘Next To Normal’, a musical about a family dealing with mental illness premiered in 2008, winning a 2009 Tony for Best Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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‘Next To Normal’ explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter 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.

 

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95
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if You would like to see an innovative, challenging musical.

Don't see it if You do not want to cry in the theater.

95
Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want to see an amazing and honest portrayal of a family dealing with mental illness and loss.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy intense and dramatic theatre.

95
Exquisite, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Excruciating

See it if you want to learn more about mental the affect of mental illness on a family

Don't see it if you get too emotional about such issues

90
Intense, Profound, Riveting, Great singing, Raw

See it if you enjoy meaty dark musicals. NtN is NOT a musical comedy. It's the ugly side of life brilliantly illuminated on stage.

Don't see it if you like to "check out" at the theatre. Grabs you and won't let you go. Hard, painful but thoroughly rewarding. Far from a normal show.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if you love great theatre

Don't see it if you don't like theatre about mental illness

92
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like a truly original show; willing to be taken on a journey that may be challenging at times

Don't see it if you want a light hearted experience

85
Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you can! and if you like rock musicals. Also, see if if you have battled or know anyone battling mental illness. It's very chilling.

Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals and can't deal with deep subject matter in a musical.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to see a deep heartfelt and rather depressing musical.

Don't see it if you want to see something that is not depressing.

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see cutting-edge Broadway and American musical

Don't see it if you don't like state-of-the-art art

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You are willing to watch a family cope with mental illness, while singing.

Don't see it if If you are not.

100
Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if GO. SEE. IT.

Don't see it if No reasons not to see it. Just go.

98
Clever, Intelligent, Must see

See it if I LOVED this show. See it.

Don't see it if You have concerns about mental illness.

86
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like edgy music and psychological storylines, you want a cerebral storytelling experience.

Don't see it if you are looking for diversity in casting or a fun song and dance show.

96
Original, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you relate to people with mental health challenges, enjoy contemporary scores, be ready to cry. One of the best contemporary works around.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with dark subject matter, or deep explorations of mental illness.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want a wholly original musical about dealing with mental illness, accompanied by a spectacular rock score.

Don't see it if You want fluffy entertainment from your musicals, or are offended by swearing.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you love original and though-provoking theater that has a message and expands the mind and the heart.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy rock musical or prefer lighter, less emotional and intense subject matters. This show isn't fluffy or ostentatious.

96
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You appreciate a solid drama that's real and current and touches the heart hard.

Don't see it if You have no empathy for people suffering from mental illness.

100
Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing

See it if you want to see something that sheds light on manic depression and if you love Alice Ripley. She was AMAZING. My FAVORITE Broadway Show.

Don't see it if you don't like shows about family dysfunction...

98
Original, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Electric

See it if you want to see original musicals that push boundaries of what a musical "should be."

Don't see it if you hate rock music, or are uncomfortable with serious subject matters.

90
Original, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful

See it if If you enjoy intelligent writing and a heart breaking, but real look at bipolar disorder.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of going deep into a character's subconscious.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound

See it if you aren’t afraid to examine challenging issues of mental illness / you want a strong female lead / you are comfortable with complexity

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable dealing with mental health issues / you dislike a rock-infused score

90
Ambitious, Riveting, Emotional, Surprising, Haunting

See it if You want to see a fresh, contemporary musical that is a roller coaster of emotions. Score is wonderful. Don't read spoilers - just go!

Don't see it if You're not ready for weighty topics, or like your musicals light and frothy.

84
Original, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You are excited to take a chance on an extremely well-rendered musical about mental illness.

Don't see it if You really don't like musical that can sometimes be hard to watch. Very moving, very disturbing content but also uplifting.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Saw it off and on Bway. I felt I gained an understanding of mental disease and the family. Love helps and hurts.

Don't see it if You do not like reality in theater. If you want musicals to be filled with mindless jukebox songs.

90
Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if (saw the Nat'l tour) Modern style and phenomenal plot tore me apart. The characters are unrelenting. Respectfully handled. Wonderful.

Don't see it if It's beyond intense. Watch out if you have a history of mental health struggles. Potentially overwhelming. It's kind of the point though.