Next to Normal

Next to Normal

A contemporary musical drama about a family dealing with the struggles of every day life and a mother with bipolar disorder.

Average Rating: 3.82 stars3.82 stars3.82 stars3.82 stars3.82 stars based on 11 votes

Show Category: Drama/Musical

Opening:Mar 27, 2009
Closing:Jan 16, 2011

Show Website: http://nexttonormal.com/

Theater Information
Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street
New York, NY
10036

REVIEWS

4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars by Chris
8 of 8 people found this helpful

What a great show! I don't usually like musicals, but I found Next To Normal very enjoyable. The music was contemporary and upbeat, with a "pop rock" feel.

The story was also very good - it followed a family, and their attempts to deal with their lives. The mother also suffered from bipolar disorder, adding even more drama to their difficult lives. Although a serious topic, Next To Normal used comedy to lighten the mood. I thought it struck a great balance between humor and reality.

I left the theater feeling happy my life is so normal, and was still singing songs from Next To Normal days after.

Warning: Next To Normal contains lots of profanity and drug references.

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous
6 of 6 people found this helpful

A profound and moving piece of work. Requires thought--which is perhaps what moves it from "mere" entertainment to art. One of the few "must see" shows on Broadway this year.

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4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars by sunnyday
4 of 4 people found this helpful

What an interesting show. I thought it was deep and moving. The music was modern and catchy. The actors were all very strong and I found the story had me captivated. It was not a happy play, but I thought it struck a good balance between sad and humorous.

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous
1 of 1 people found this helpful

Brilliant!! Brilliant!! Brilliant!! Next to Normal is provocative and poignant!! Beautiful!!

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous
1 of 1 people found this helpful

Next to Normal is a revelation. Great music and performances that make sense of a very offbeat subject. Mental illness is not a great backdrop for Broadway but this show pulls it off splendidly. Alice Ripley leads the show and she is a fantastic singer and physical actress. BTW, the 1/2 star and 1 star reviews should be deleted in that they seem to be bogus.

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4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars by Koala
1 of 1 people found this helpful

Next To Normal is a great modern musical with upbeat pop/rock music. It looks at a not-quite-normal family where the mother suffers from bipolar disorder. It is a great combination of drama, music, and even a bit of comedy. Next To Normal is one of the best broadway shows I've seen.

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3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars by Nancy
6 of 7 people found this helpful

A most interesting play. It reminded me more or less of a "rock opera." The play was well cast, the music contemporary and extremely well performed. Truly, it was probably a great play, but,I left the theater not totally happy because, honestly, the theme itself is depressing. Mind you, there was the odd humorous bit thrown in, and very cleverly done, too, but the overall storyline was sad. I felt sorry for every character in the play at the end. I thought it could have been subtitled, "No Winners Here." Maybe not a good choice if you're already feeling down.

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1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars by Anonymous
0 of 4 people found this helpful

too long... too loud... terrible singing... so sad... nice try

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous

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5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars by Anonymous

An amazing show-- so sad it closed!

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