Next to Normal

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Jack Reuler
Movement Direction by Marcela Lorca
Mixed Blood Theater, MN

With “Next to Normal,” Mixed Blood Theatre Company does better than Broadway
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Ah, but if you want raw power and passion, fire and fervor, spirit and brio, then MBT has the production for you.
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Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Next to Normal reveals one family’s struggle with mental illness through the story of Diana, a mother battling bipolar disorder. Her kaleidoscope of feelings—anger, yearning, sorrow, guilt and the memory of what must have been love—coexist in every note in this powerhouse of muscular grace and operatic force.

Unflinchingly honest yet still hopeful, Next to Normal is a feel-everything musical that packs a seismic emotional punch with the electric momentum of a heavy metal concert, the lyricism of a music box and the twanging heartbreak of a country ballad.

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