Archive: Next to Normal
April 25 - May 18, 2013
Produced by Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Rep’s Theatre Gym
The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Chase Kniffen
"Next to Normal creates something phenomenal out of an unconventional subject. The best summary is the shortest: Go see it."
Next to Normal is the acclaimed, groundbreaking musical "that pushe[d] Broadway in new directions" (Rolling Stone). With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Next to Normal also won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score. 2009 Tony Award nominations include Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Suggested for ages 16+.
“Next to Normal is one of the bravest musicals to hit the mainstream—a jolt of raw, contemporary pain, propelled by a rock ‘n’ roll pulse. It makes your heart swell.” The New York Times