Next to Normal

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Launching the season of family is the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “Next to Normal” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. The production open April 12, 2019 and is directed by Artistic Director Craig Tyrl. “Next to Normal” tells the story of Diana Goodman and her family, struggling to find happiness and normality against a twenty-year backdrop of bi-polar disorder, depression, and grief. The musical examines mental illness and its powerful impact on the family unit.

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...the creators of “Next to Normal” realized they had something of authentic and original value beneath the formulaic flourishes, so they made the decision to toughen up and cast off the last traces of cuteness. This meant never releasing the audience from the captivity of its characters’ minds. That decision has transformed a small, stumbling musical curiosity into a work of muscular grace and power.

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


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Living with mental illness is no joke, whether it's inhabiting the faulty wiring in your brain or some hole in your soul, or it's in a person you love. Next to Normal gets that. And even though the trace of hope that lingers at this play's end feels nice, the reality of such situations is even crazier than people suddenly bursting into song—and yes, even more agonizing than many musicals (but not this one!) are to endure. But at least this one beautifully—and sadly—captures some aspect of that reality.

sweet - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Next To Normal may have lost the Best Musical Tony to Billy Elliott, but perhaps only the statuette-winner Dear Evan Hansen since then has matched the gut-punching, heart-wrenching, hope-inspiring impact of Next To Normal, a musical that The Wayward Artist gets absolutely right.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

The Wayward Artist produced not only a relevant piece of art work. They also created a highly relatable and funny production, that shines with some magical moments and a few hiccups along the way.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


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...the creators of “Next to Normal” realized they had something of authentic and original value beneath the formulaic flourishes, so they made the decision to toughen up and cast off the last traces of cuteness. This meant never releasing the audience from the captivity of its characters’ minds. That decision has transformed a small, stumbling musical curiosity into a work of muscular grace and power.

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


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Living with mental illness is no joke, whether it's inhabiting the faulty wiring in your brain or some hole in your soul, or it's in a person you love. Next to Normal gets that. And even though the trace of hope that lingers at this play's end feels nice, the reality of such situations is even crazier than people suddenly bursting into song—and yes, even more agonizing than many musicals (but not this one!) are to endure. But at least this one beautifully—and sadly—captures some aspect of that reality.

sweet - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Next To Normal may have lost the Best Musical Tony to Billy Elliott, but perhaps only the statuette-winner Dear Evan Hansen since then has matched the gut-punching, heart-wrenching, hope-inspiring impact of Next To Normal, a musical that The Wayward Artist gets absolutely right.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis

The Wayward Artist produced not only a relevant piece of art work. They also created a highly relatable and funny production, that shines with some magical moments and a few hiccups along the way.

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review