‘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. More…
‘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.
See it if You can enjoy a Broadway show that does not have big dance numbers or a large cast. You like story lines that go below the surface.
Don't see it if You are easily confused by deeper story lines or want a happy/upbeat show with exciting costumes.
See it if you want to see an intense story of a flawed family trying to cope with mental illness. I was hooked from the first note.
Don't see it if you are looking for something light. One of the most intense shows I have ever seen and an unlikely story for a musical, but so well done.
See it if you've ever struggled with mental illness, you love emotionally-affecting musicals, or you like your sentiment with a dose of pessimism.
Don't see it if you feel the show might be too intense for you in subject matter, or you're averse to exploring topics such as suicide and depression.
See it if You enjoy spending your time with transcendent music, fascinating characters, and intelligent writing and storylines. Utterly stunning
Don't see it if You're an idiot and won't feel accepting towards 2 hours of beautifully provoking material and if dark subjects are too much.
See it if You want a new conversation on mental illness that isn't recovery and get over it, with a flavorful soundtrack to match.
Don't see it if You cannot get behind mental illness and new interpretations of it.
See it if You want a deep and emotional show that you can connect to in some way. It's an original and it's different and beautifully done.
Don't see it if You don't want to see the struggles of a dysfunctional family as they try to sort through their problems and face the world.
See it if You want an original story based in the real world dealing with real issues and you like the darker side of theater.
Don't see it if You want a fluffy comedy or don't like dealing with mental health issues.
See it if You don't have a problem with crying a lot, it's a very emotional show but truely genius and one of a kind; worth seeing and crying.
Don't see it if You have trama with death or mental illness that you can't control.
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...
See it if You want a new musical that tackles hard subjects with an amazing score and characters that will stay with you.
Don't see it if You think mental illnesses are fake or you hate family oriented (not made for kids but as in a family is the center) show