Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the show

‘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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100
Brilliant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

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.

Also In a word, this show is BRILLIANT! I remember seeing their performance... Read more Read less

100
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

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.

100
Edgy, Epic, Intense, Masterful, Resonant

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.

Also Should never have closed and is by far one of the smartest, most painf... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining

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.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy heavy, psychological theatre. Very intense. A masterpiece.

Don't see it if you enjoy simple, light entertainment, straight to the point theatre.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to be moved. Such an immensely powerful show!

Don't see it if you can't handle heavy, real life content.

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You like dark comedy and realistic characters.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with mental illness.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Great singing

See it if A moving story and a gorgeous score. See if you love innovative theater.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not open to new age musicals.

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.

100
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You enjoy rock musicals.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing a show about a dysfunctional family.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy powerful, thought provoking stories and top-notch acting.

Don't see it if you want something more light-hearted.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

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.

100
Great acting, Intense, Profound

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.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if You like edgy musicals that make you think.

Don't see it if You want something easy on the emotion.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You like amazing lyrics, great music, and substance.

Don't see it if You aren't human.

100
Original, Intense, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like dark rock musicals.

Don't see it if you don't want to cry.

100
Original, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like original content in your musicals. Enjoy shows that engage your emotions. Enjoy your musicals tuneful.

Don't see it if You do not like contemporary edgy musicals.

100
Original, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you have or know someone who suffers from mental illness.

Don't see it if don't believe mental illness is real.

100
Original, Absorbing, Epic, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want a intelligent and ambitious score. The plot is intense and heart-wrenching but so wonderfully done.

Don't see it if Are triggered by suicide and mental illness.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You want to cry and become absorbed in a real musical of today

Don't see it if You don't like language. There are also very real issues that are addressed

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...

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking

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

100
Exquisite, Intense, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you believe in emotions.

Don't see it if you do not want to feel.

100
Original, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Want to see an original musical. Interested in mental health. Love rock-heavy musicals. Enjoy small casts and clever staging. Emotions!!

Don't see it if Want elaborate dance numbers, ensembles or costumes. Don't enjoy tough topics of mental health. Want a "feel good" show.


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