Music by Tom Kitt. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Doorstep Arts in association with Hayes Theatre Co. Director: Darylin Ramondo. Musical Director: Alistair Smith. Hayes Theatre Co (NSW). Until February 1, 2015.
An ordinary suburban family drowning under the weight of bi-polar disorder, unresolved grief and anger; it’s not the usual fare of musicals, yet it’s actually the true pay-off with Next To Normal.
While musical theatre has had it’s fair share of intriguing diva roles with clear issues, their 11 o’clock number epiphany hasn’t usually been preceded by treatment including electroconvulsive therapy. Here’s a musical which, rather than tieing up the loose ends by the final curtain, and promises nothing more than tenuous new beginnings.