Next to Normal

I watched this show, prepared to be impressed and blown away but what I did not expect was the amount of tears I would shed at this play. I literally had tears falling down my face at certain parts of the musical and I could feel what the characters were feeling.

I was the Mom longing for her son ... I was the daughter, wanting to be noticed ... I was the husband, loving and not knowing if I would be loved again ... I was the son, wanting to be real but could never be. 


There was a line in the play that went like this.
I don't want normal coz normal is too far away. I just want something next to normal.
I want someone to be there for me. I want something that is next to normal. because normal is not something that exists in my world. I'm bipolar and the guy has to accept that about me and have infinite patience.


I am the one who knows you
I am the one who cares
I am the one who's always been there
I am the one who's helped you
And if you think that I just don't give a damn
Then you just don't know who I am

 

I chanced upon a co-dancer. It seems we also share a love for musicals. Here's to us and for something that is next to normal.

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32 comments:

  1. Wow, Kay, it's awesome to watch musical. The last time I saw one was when I was in college and that was in UP Tanghalang Abelardo. I could have watched "Miss Saigon" in its Manila run kaya lang naubusan kami ng ticket that time..lol..funny.

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  2. It's already my 4th musical ... I am so loving it. I really cried buckets

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  3. Oh, good for you. I thought you cried a river..lol..just kidding.

    But, seriously, musical is fun. Aside from the fact that it's way too different in movies since it's a live act and actors cannot afford mistakes. Or at least they have this great ability to hide it for people not to obviously noticed.

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  4. Exactly! And I just love musicals ... mas may feeling ... mas matindi dating ...

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  5. i'm not much into musical maybe bec i'm not exposed or have access to any...

    i am not normal too, i'm much more than that...

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    1. You should really give it a try!

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  6. I love musical show too.Just like you ,I am not a normal person so I prefer the next to normal.I miss my family back home who always there to understand and love me for being me.Good thing is I have a husband who is being patient with my moods.

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    1. Its a good thing you have a husband who understands. Mine wasn't e.

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  7. Very nice! If you cried I believe it was fantastic show. I am very emotional maybe, if I was there and watch their performance. I will definitely cry.

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    1. It really hits you where it hurts ... you can relate to what they talk about and it tugs at the heart strings.

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  8. Reading the line from the play you posted here has also touched my feeling of sympathy, a feeling of compassion. Just a mere understanding of what he/she really is in reality or for his/her upbringing is all it takes to make him/her feel a real he/she!

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  9. Panalo yung title - Next to Normal. Parang kahapon lang ganitong-ganito ako, I feel weird at di ko maintindihan kung bakit and now I've read this. Hmm, pwede ko rin pala sabihin I'd rather want to live a next to normal life, hehe.

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    1. Who wants normal when we can have something more grandiose than normal diba?

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  10. Musicals is something that id been meaning to watch but just didnt have much time these days. Hope to watch one soon!

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    1. Sama ka sa akin! I always go watch musicals.

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  11. Can I go with you, too! Haven't seen musical plays for some time now. It was just a normal thing to watch plays in CCP and UP when I was in college until the time I was in the university. But things changed when I started raising kids and taking care of them. I wish I can bring them along when they get older so they can learn to appreciate other forms of art.

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    1. Sure! Let them watch childrens musicals and expose them to music at an early page, like NOW. Haha ...

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  12. gusto ko rin manuod ng plays. magagaling ang mga taga UP!

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    1. I'd have to agree with you on that.

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  13. Normal... this is intruiging! :) How I wish I was able to see this one, too! I hope there's a play pa din somewhere..please let me know.

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    1. Like my facebook page. I always posts about these musicals.

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  14. hope i could get a chance to watch plays too :( my time table at the moment is really full, i envy you sis waaa

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    1. make time ... I always make time for the things that I really want e

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  15. Hi Kay,

    I was the Mom longing for her son ... I was the daughter, wanting to be noticed ... I was the husband, loving and not knowing if I would be loved again ... I was the son, wanting to be real but could never be. - these touched my heart! ... would love to watch it! :)

    Thanks!

    from Gems of My Dailies

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    1. Please do. Not sure lang if they are re-staging this year. Saw the lists and wala but if they do, post ko agad sa facebook page ko.

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  16. I have first heard about Next to Normal for Neil Patrick Harris via twitter. He was so impressed about it. I didn't know Next to Normal was already shown in the Philippines. I have a friend who loves musicals and she even goes to different places to watch them.

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    1. It really is so impressive. The writing was astounding. Galing ng twist and till now, when I hear the songs, tumataas balahibo ko

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    2. I don't really watch musicals but when I do, I feel astounded. :)

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  17. I want something only next to normal...wow such powerful words there...

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  18. I'm not really a fan of musicals. I can count on one finger the number of times I've watched, including Miss Saigon when I was in New York

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  19. looks like you are a fanatic of musical and play, and the topic seems interesting too, glad that you enjoy the show

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