Next To Normal Musical


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Venue:
Booth Theater

Address:
222 West 45th Street

Length:
2 Hours and 20 Minutes - One 15 Minute Intermission

Opened:
April 15, 2009 (Open-Ended)

Category:
Broadway Musical

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Winner of the famous Tony Awards, the Next To Normal Musical is a Broadway Show that is running with sweeping success across the US. The show has already achieved cult status in Broadway largely due to its exemplary music. Set in suburban American family background, the show explores modern day tribulations and extreme grieves in a fairly innovative style. The show has rock based rhythm and beats which enchants viewers of all ages. The show has achieved the rare feat of mixing quality and flamboyance.

Music And Lyrics

The background score of Next To Normal Musical is soul searching. It is contemporary with subtle doses of modernity. It treats serious subjects in rather dynamic tones. The rock genre blends suitably with the main concept of the show. The lyrics are witty and hit the jackpot every time. Boasting of 30 theme based songs, it is full of melodious ups and downs. The highly creative orchestration renders different colors to emotions displayed. The lyrics bring out the hidden feelings of characters. Words are sensitive and carefully dramatic, adding to the appeal of the show.

Plot And Characters

The plot of Next To Normal Musical revolves around a family of four going through a phase of grief. The central character is middle aged mother who is dutifully doing her job as mother, wife and house maker. However, she suffers from acute bipolar mental disorder. This puts a lot of strain on her as she has been taking a lot of medication for past many years. The show simultaneously broaches callous approach and falling ethical standards in psychotherapy. It tells viewers about the hardships victims face in psychiatric treatment and the permanent damage done to their personalities by it. Matters of drug abuse and teenage apathy are also touched upon. The daughter turns immune to family troubles, takes to drugs and trusts her boyfriend more than family. The character of father is also well written. He lives a life of constant agony, but holds on to his family in troubled times. The show is split into two acts and covers time length of 2 hours and 20 minutes. The songs at every juncture merge smoothly with the pain and joy in family. They aptly convey the heart and mind of the characters. This mature story of emotional naggings ends in befitting climax where mother finally awakes up to her misery. In short, Next to Normal Musical is an innovative and classy Broadway show.

Awards

The show has won several awards and been nominated in major ceremonies. It has won 3 Tony Awards and been nominated for 11 categories, which is an achievement in itself. Female artist Alice Ripley, who plays the pained mother, has won the award for Best Performance in Leading Role. Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have won award for Best Original Score in music and lyrics respectively. Kitt and Michael Starobin have bagged award for Best Orchestration. The Next to Normal Musical show made entry into Broadway with huge reputation as it had won several critic awards at Off-Broadway shows.

Popularity And Tickets

The show is popular among people. It is witnessing packed halls since its debut in April 2009. There is constant scramble for Next To Normal Musical tickets that unfortunately leads to ticket frauds as well. Many have been duped and charged with high amounts. Buying tickets through legal and secured online system is best way to combat this menace. It guarantees availability of seats and offers authentic information on venue and timings. The authorized online ticket sellers save one from deceit and frustration.





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