Next to Normal, by Brian Yorkey (Book & Lyrics) & Tom Kitt (Music)
Publish Date: May 12, 2009
Published by: Theatre Communications Group
Length: 112 pages
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.
I’ve only been half-listening to the soundtrack for this musical since it first came out and when I was finally asked to do a lighting design for it and actually paid attention to it for once…wow. Just, wow.