Opening Today: Next to Normal at Boiler Room Theatre
May 25, 2012 at 6:30AM
Next to NormalWhen: May 25-June 16Where: Boiler Room Theatre
From its initial workshops to off-Broadway shows, then from Washington, D.C.,’s Arena Stage through a Broadway run of almost two years, Next to Normal has challenged performers and audiences alike with its daringly told story about a suburban family and the many emotional minefields they must navigate, including bipolar disorder, suicide, drugs, grief and even psychiatric ethics. It’s billed as a rock musical — with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt — and guitars and percussion often drive the songs, though the pulse of its modern urgency is conveyed equally via dramatic piano and plaintive strings.