Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the most talked about new musical on Broadway. Next to Normal puts a woman's struggle with bi-polar disorder and depression centre stage.
The musical also addresses such issues as loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the strains of suburban life, yet manages to be truly witty, psychologically astute and enormously entertaining.
About the Author
Brian Yorkey is an American playwright, lyricist, and theatre director. He shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score with composer Tom Kitt, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal.
Yorkey graduated from Columbia University. Prior to bringing Next to Normal to Broadway, Yorkey was affiliated with Village Theatre, where he eventually progressed to a six-year tenure as associate artistic director.
He is currently writing an untitled musical for Paramount. Brian's first feature film pitch, Time After Time, sold in a bidding war for high six figures to Universal.
'Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in Next to Normal. 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.' Rolling Stone
'No show on Broadway right now makes as a direct grab for the heart strings as thoroughly as Next to Normal 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. 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, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.' Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Next to Normal is also available in an original cast recording. It was named Best Musical of the Season by Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 20th July 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 16.13 x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.18