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next to normal
february 8 - march 2 | show times vary
directed by BRANDON IVIE
After being birthed at Village Theatre in Issaquah and finding incredible, award-winning success on Broadway and a national tour, we proudly welcome home the rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL for its Seattle premiere.
NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of Diana Goodman, a woman, wife and mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.
This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that tackles issues of parenthood, grief, marriage, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, Next to Normal shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.
A truly original musical by Tom Kitt and Issaquah native Brian Yorkey, the show ran on Broadway for almost two years; won three Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Leading Actress; and became the eighth musical in history to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Our production stars Seattle theatre veteran Beth DeVries as the bipolar depressive matriarch Diana Goodman, and is directed by one of Seattle's hottest young directors, Brandon Ivie, whose Broadway credits include next to normal, Catch Me if You Can, and A Christmas Story: The Musical.
News & Reviews
Seattle PI: "Next to Normal" will rock your heartstrings
CityArts Online: 'Next to Normal' is anything but
The Stranger: If you're into musicals, a Balagan subscription may well be the best value in Seattle.
BroadwayWorld.com: ...it's the ladies who really blew me away and this show belongs to them.
New Queer on the Block : Preview: Next to Normal at Balagan Theatre Opens Feb 8th