‘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 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.
See it if you like good acting and a story with meaning.
Don't see it if you're considering it only because someone told you that if you like Rent you'd like Next to Normal.
See it if interesting. I'm glad I saw it but I did not enjoy it particularly.
Don't see it if you want a light musical, this is intense!
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
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.
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 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
See it if you tend to like rock musicals but don't mind being sad, you don't know the twist.
Don't see it if death or mental illness is not something you can deal with.
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.
See it if enjoy a heartfelt story that has depth, great music/lyrics and will leave you feeling awed.
Don't see it if you are looking for a happy go lucky old school musical, with fluffy dance numbers.
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.
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're looking for a powerful musical with an excellent contemporary score & heavy subject matter.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light & feel-good. This show is definitely not for you.
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.
See it if You want to be moved and see a truly masterful contemporary musical. This musical will entertain, and tear your heart out.
Don't see it if You have triggers towards people dealing with mental disabilities and self-harm. Also the show is mostly sung-thru
See it if A friend got me in with his Student ID (the nice price) and we were sent to FRONT ROW CENTER. Tony-winner Alice Ripley completely killed it!
Don't see it if If U find mental illness distressing. If U cannot sympathize with a dysfunctional family. If U hate great songs, great music, & great acting
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.
See it if you can find a production. One of the most profoundly affecting musicals I've ever experienced.
Don't see it if you need your musicals to be light and fluffy.