Musical Play “Next to Normal”

“Next to Normal” February 19 – March 6, 2016
NAMI has partnered with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to present the musical play “Next to Normal”. The play is focused on the effect on a family dealing with mental health issues, and on common public perceptions of mental illness and medical treatment. For each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the affiliate identified by the purchaser in the purchasing process, $1 will go toward implementing the NAMI HomeFront program in Georgia, and $1 will go to the NAMI Georgia state organization.
Each night after the play, there will be a “Talk Back” session where  “Next to Normal” patrons will have an opportunity to hear from people living in recovery and family members about their experiences.  We invite you to be a part of the dialogue!
See the following You Tube link to get a taste for the musical. https://youtu.be/TPfxUGMKgLA
For more information and to order tickets: http://namiga.org/fundraiser-next-to-normal/
History of the show:

Next to Normal (styled as next to normal) is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.

Next to Normal received several workshop performances before it debuted Off-Broadway in 2008, winning the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score and receiving nominations for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show then played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Crystal City, VA (just outside Washington, DC) from November 2008 to January 2009.

The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”[1]

The First US National Tour launched in November 2010, with Alice Ripley reprising her Broadway role; the tour concluded in July 2011. The Broadway production closed in January 2011 after over 700 performances. It has since spawned many international productions.

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