Overview


Synopsis

Next to Normal is the story of Diana Goodman and her family. Traumatized by the death of her infant son from an undiagnosed intestinal obstruction, Diana has lived with bipolar depressive disorder and delusional episodes for the past seventeen years. The illness has affected everyone in her life, and has nearly torn her family apart on several occasions. With subject matter rendered achingly recognizable by Brian Yorkey, and a dynamic, energetic pop-rock score by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal is a show that enables a small group of actors to showcase powerhouse vocals while exploring pressing contemporary issues of trauma, loss, mental health treatment, and the meaning of family.

Characters

Dan

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
2008
Genres
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
2000s
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Dancing
None
Ideal For
regional theater, community theater, university theater
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, late teen, young adult characters

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