Last night, my fourteen year old daugher and I saw the Weston Plahouse preview of NEXT to NORMAL, the Pulitzer and Tony winning rock musical. Music by Tom Kitt, Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Directed by Michael Berresse. If I had to sum it up in one word, “WOW!” wouldn’t be strong enough. I could also say, “powerful, vital, moving. ”
NEXT to NORMAL is the story of Diana, a middle aged wife and mother struggling with both bi-polar disorder and the death of her infant son, Gabe, 18 years earlier. Gabe also serves as the narrator of his mother’s problems and is still very much a part of Diana’s world. The story tells not only of Diana’s struggles, but also, the effects on her relationships with her 16 year old daughter, Natalie, who can never fill the void of the brother who died before she was born, and on Dan, Diana’s husband and long-time care-giver. The show is a roller coaster of emotions and is both hilariously funny and painfully sad.
This is must-see theatre for anyone who has ever been in a relationship, dealt with mental illness, or been part of a family .. so just about everyone.
Thank you Weston Playhouse for the courage to bring such an extraordinary play to Vermont.
Curtain Times: Tuesday thru Saturday evenings at 7:30pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm*; Sunday matinee at 3pm.
Ticket Prices: Start at $47
Two acts. 2 hours, 20 minutes. Appropriate for ages 14+.
Call 802-824-5288 for the box office or vist the website – for tix and more information.