Just came from Centre Stages performance of “Next ot Normal” A feel everything musical. I told Bob it was a musical drama. The play has one many awards and I can certainly see why. The quality of the singing was great but the story, we both agreed, is probably the most moving story we have ever seen performed and we have see a lot of plays. If you or anyone you know has ever been affected by mental illness, depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety etc. this will really speak to you. Even if you know no one who has you should see it to get some insight into what a heartbreaking and difficult disease family it is.
The rock musical score was just right and we could understand every word they sang, which never happens. I highly recommend it but be prepared by stuffing your pockets with tissues. It’s at least a three tissue performance. Here is what Centre Stage says about the play.
“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.
This show makes a direct grab for the heart — or wrings it out thoroughly. This brave, breathtaking musical, focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives.
“Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.”
Definitely one of the best stories and performances we have ever seen. It plays here through July 27 so still time to see it.