Next to Normal is sponsored by Greenville Health System
Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
This show makes a direct grab for the heart — or wrings it out thoroughly. This brave, breathtaking musical, 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.
“Next to Normal” 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 to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.
Diana - Mary Freeman
Dan - David Bean
Gabe - Brady Smith
Natalie - Paige ManWaring
Henry - Tony Glass
Doctor Fine/Madden - Chris Rose