Next to Normal

Show Dates: 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 to Saturday, June 14, 2014


Next to Normal

A powerful rock musical with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal tells the story of a mother struggling with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.

In Next to Normal, mental illness—specifically Bipolar I Disorder with psychotic features—is portrayed in a realistic, accurate way. The character struggling with mental illness, Diana, is not portrayed as the exaggerated “psychotic” character often depicted in popular culture, but rather, as a human being facing a set of personal challenges that are beyond her control. Similar to the way that composer Jonathan Larson portrayed the characters in the hit musical Rent, Kitt and Yorkey highlight the normalcies of the characters, especially Diana—it is her struggles which are placed at the forefront of the story, not the taboo, “psychotic” aspects of her disease. NEXT TO NORMAL was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”.

Opening Night Pavilion Reception/Show: $60 (Includes pre-show hors d’ouevres, show, and post-show desserts). Outdoor Pavilion reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Evenings: $30 • Preview/Matinee: $20


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