"This 'normal' they sell you, it's no special deal,
and no one should tell you the way you should feel or what's real.
We've wasted such time with this playing along,
when everything everyone ever told you is wrong."
Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.
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.
The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It 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 for Alice Ripley.
It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif.
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."
Catch NEXT TO NORMAL on March 19, 2011/ SAT/ 2PM @ RCBC
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