next to normal
A mother struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect her mental illness has on both her and her family’s lives. In next to normal, mental illness is portrayed in a realistic, accurate way, combining a rock musical score with a book and lyrics that explore the devastation of this often misunderstood disease. next to normal opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. According to New York Times critic Ben Brantley, “No show on Broadway ... makes as direct a grab for the heart—or wrings it as thoroughly—as next to normal does. 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.”
Music by Tom Kitt, and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
June 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 at 7:30 p.m., and June 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: Adult $20 | UW-Platteville Student $16 | Under 18 $9
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES