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NEXT TO NORMAL BROADWAY REVIEWS

Opening Night: April 15, 2009

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Synopsis: Next to Normal is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics and a score featuring more than 30 original songs, the musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

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NEW YORK TIMES ORIGINAL REVIEW:

"No show on Broadway right now makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as thoroughly — as “Next to Normal” does. This brave, breathtaking musical, which opened Wednesday night at the Booth Theater, 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."

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:

"The Goodman household has calmed down since the last time I hung out there. Sure, Mom is still certifiably bipolar and delusional; Dad is suffocating on his own denial; and the kids — well, let’s just say they’re definitely not all right. Yet in the newly recast “Next to Normal,” the musical that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in April, nobody is bouncing off the walls anymore or threatening to pull the audience into one collective meltdown of extreme feelings. "

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ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW:

"There are no easy answers to be found in "Next to Normal," a startling, emotion-drenched musical about one family's attempt to cope with mental illness. The show is an impressive achievement, a heartfelt entertainment that has found its way back to New York after an invaluable out-of-town retooling."

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NEW YORK POST REVIEW:

"FOR better or for worse, "Next to Normal" is usually shorthanded as "the musical about the crazy woman." It's accurate -- the central character, Diana (Alice Ripley), has a severe bipolar disorder -- but only up to a point. "

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VARIETY REVIEW:

"Unlike the bipolar manic-depressive at the center of "Next to Normal," who draws no lasting salvation from her trials with different medications, this original new pop-rock musical has benefited unequivocally from treatment. Composer Tom Kitt, writer-lyricist Brian Yorkey and director Michael Greif have made a lot of smart changes en route to Broadway, giving the show a more assertive personality, a more consistent tone, sharper focus and greater depth to its relationships. While its weaknesses have not been entirely erased, they are outweighed by the intimate musical's ambition, sincerity and heightened emotional involvement."

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW:

"People don't usually yearn to be ordinary. But when events cause their lives to spiral out of control, normalcy is precisely what they pray for. Or even a close facsimile."

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW:

"It's a tough sell: a rock musical about mental illness. One or two people losing their marbles is pretty much de rigeur in a play; where would Shakespeare, O'Neill, Williams, or Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) be without it? But composer Tom Kitt and lyricist-librettist Brian Yorkey chose to devote two hours and 20 minutes (and nearly 40 songs) to this generally unappealing subject; the result, in Next to Normal, is incongruously, sometimes agonizingly beautiful."

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