Music by Tom Kitt
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Michael Greif
"It is the best musical of the season--by a mile. It'll pin you to your seat."
From the director of Rent comes Next to Normal, an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is the most talked about Broadway show on tour. Having recently been chosen as "one of the year's ten best" by major critics around the country, this powerful musical is showing audiences what it takes to pass for "normal." The Washington Post praises Next to Normal as "a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story--and simply get to the heart."
Alice Ripley, who won a Tony for creating the role of manic-depressive mother Diana, gives a "raw, truly gutsy tour de force performance" (Los Angeles Times) in a show that is "a brave, breathtaking musical. A work of muscular grace and power. It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical" (The New York Times).
Performance Timing: Act I - 63 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 60 min.
PROGRAM NOTE: Next to Normal contains strong language and mature themes, and may be inappropriate for age 13 and under.
Musical Theater at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.
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