Next To Normal Review - The Hip, Broadway Musical
Next to Normal opened in February on Broadway. It is directed by Michael Greif with music by Tom Kitt. Not only does this musical portray the wonderful and terrible things about a manic-depressive mother, but it also has great lyrics that are a lot like a rock musical.
The New York Times gave Next to Normal a review saying it was ‘a brave, breathtaking musical.’ This is the type of show that draws the audience in to where they feel all the emotion and feeling. This is basically a musical about mental illness with a rock soundtrack. There is not anybody that could set the stage on fire more than Alice Ripley, as Diane, the mother.
It is no surprise that Next to Normal has been nominated for several Tony Awards. This show has its own twists and exciting endings that almost everyone can relate to. Entertainment Weekly delivered a Next to Normal review stating that it was ‘Grade A: Agonizingly Beautiful.’
This is a musical that started off at Arena Stage and was eventually re-worked and re-vamped. A couple of months later, Next to Normal made it to Broadway. The Washington Post gave yet another great, Next to Normal review that beamed off all the characters stating this musical is definitely a great show to vote as one of the best, and that everyone should ‘check it off on the voter’s ballot.’
Rolling Stone Magazine bragged about the show as well. They raved that Next to Normal as ‘the best musical of the season by a mile.’ Not only did movie and music critics enjoy the show when they saw it, but so did the audience. It is an amazingly, captivating musical that shines.
Some people have been in the audience of Next to Normal more than just one time! Between all the oohs and aahs, the audience is intrigued from the first note all the way to the last note. It is amazing how well a cast can come together and deliver a performance of a lifetime.Interesting Facts About The Cast
Alice Ripley is helping composer, Michael Roth, with lyrics to an upcoming musical called Landscape the Tar Roof Tree
Alice Ripley has written and produced a couple of albums for her band, Ripley
J. Robert Spencer has his own production company called 7 Spencer Productions; they recently finished their second film
Kyle Dean Massey will only play the role of Gabe through the summer of 2009
Massey is a graduate of Missouri State
Jennifer Damiano has played a small role on the hit television show, Gossip Girl, along with Massey
Next to Normal is the Broadway debut for Adam Chanler-Berat, who plays the role of Natalie’s boyfriend, Henry
The Next to Normal reviews were nothing but glowing and satisfied reviews. The musical is still showing in New York, and the tickets are being sold online and at Booth Theatre.
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