WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Next To Normal was nominated for eleven TONY Awards and won three. Then it became just the eighth musical in history to win a Pultizer Prize for Drama. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent. With book and lyrics this feel everything musical by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Next to Normal tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling rock score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.