Jeremy O Harris
4.5 out of 5
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<b>Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama</b>
“Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in <i>Next to Normal</i>.
It’s the best musical of the season by a mile...an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.”—<i>Rolling Stone</i>
“No show on Broadway right now makes as a direct grab for the heart—or wrings it as thoroughly—as <i>Next to Normal</i> does.... [It] 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.
<i>Next to Normal</i> 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, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.”—Ben Brantley, <i>The New York Times</i>
Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, <i>Next to Normal</i> is also available in an original cast recording.
It was named Best Musical of the Season by <i>Rolling Stone</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i>, <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, and <i>The New York Times</i>.
<b>Brian Yorkey</b> received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score for his work on <i>Next to Normal</i> and was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical.
His other credits include <i>Making Tracks</i> and <i>Time After Time</i>.
<b>Tom Kitt</b> received two 2009 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for <i>Next to Normal</i>.
He also composed the music for <i>High Fidelity</i> and <i>From Up Here</i>.
His string arrangements appear on the new Green Day album <i>21st Century Breakdown</i>, and he is the leader of the Tom Kitt Band.