Next to Normal

Musical

Writers: Brian Yorkey Tom Kitt

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2008
Genres
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
2000s
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Dancing
None
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, late teen, young adult characters

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.

Lead Characters