Thursday, April 16, 2009

Even Now There's a World "Next To Normal"

New York Times - Theater

"Fragmented Psyches, Uncomfortable Emotions: Sing Out!"

Published: April 16, 2009

No show on Broadway right now makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as thoroughly — as “Next to Normal” does. This brave, breathtaking musical, which opened Wednesday night at the Booth Theater, focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives.

“Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.

Audio Slide Show (Recommended)
Video/Songs (My pick: "I Am The One")

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ScaughtFive said...

"Not feel good", but "feel everything." Why not "feel bad"? I guess there's not a large market for that.

A.M. said...

In answer to your question, I would suppose "feel everything" because the musical's main character suffers from manic depression; thus, feel everything includes the highs and lows. The market for "feel bad" is plenty big, methinks. One only has to turn on the telly for proof. ;P

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