Next To Normal

Next to Normal

By Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey

Directed by Michael Greif

Originally produced at Second Stage Theatre, New York, NY.

January 16, 2008 through March 9, 2008

About the Premiere Production: 
How does an almost average family navigate today’s over-stimulated and over-medicated world? In this darkly funny and haunting new musical, one suburban household confronts its past and its future. With provocative lyrics and an electrifying score, Next to Normal explores how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their world intact.

Artistic Statement: Artistically, Next to Normal is a good fit for Second Stage because it meets our mission to produce writer-driven work that defies conventional forms and expectations. The creators have successfully made challenging subject matter personal. By focusing on a family dealing with loss, Next to Normal broaches topics of family dynamics, loneliness, longing, depression, and treatment of the mentally ill. However, it is told through fresh and upbeat music that engages the audience and enables them to explore these difficult topics. Because the music pulls from contemporary idioms like rock and pop, it represents a style of musical theatre that will have a broad appeal to young theatergoers without alienating other audiences. For these reasons, this piece has the potential to make a significant contribution to American musical theater. - From Artistic Director Carole Rothman

Director: Michael Greif

Music: Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Cast: Adam Chanler-Berat, Jennifer Damiano, Brian d’Arcy James, Alice Ripley, Asa Somers, Aaron Tveit

Additional Funders:
National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Award Wins and Nominations

Tony Award® 
Best Musical
2009 Nominee
Produced by David Stone , James L. Nederlander , Barbara Whitman , Patrick Catullo and Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Ellen Richard)
Best Book Of A Musical
2009 Nominee
Book by Brian Yorkey

Best Original Score Written For The Theatre
2009 Winner
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Best Actor In A Musical
2009 Nominee
J. Robert Spencer

Best Actress In A Musical
2009 Winner
Alice Ripley
Best Featured Actress In A Musical
2009 Nominee
Jennifer Damiano
Best Direction Of A Musical
2009 Nominee
Directed by Michael Greif

Best Orchestrations
2009 Winner
Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt
Best Scenic Design Of A Musical
2009 Nominee
Scenic Design by Mark Wendland
Best Lighting Design Of A Musical
2009 Nominee
Lighting Design by Kevin Adams
Best Sound Design Of A Musical
2009 Nominee
Sound Design by Brian Ronan

Pulitzer Prize

For Drama
2010 Winner
Book by Brian Yorkey
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

Subsequent Productions:

California Repertory Company

Long Beach, CA

April 18, 2014 - May 10, 2014

Charleston Stage

Charleston, SC

February 14, 2014 - March 2, 2014

The Custom Made Theatre Company

San Francisco, CA

September 13, 2013 - October 13, 2013

Centre Stage - South Carolina

Greenville, SC

July 11, 2013 - July 27, 2013

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

La Mirada, CA

May 31, 2013 - June 23, 2013


Fayetteville, AR

April 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013

Meadow Brook Theatre

Rochester, MI

February 13, 2013 - March 10, 2013

San Jose Repertory Theatre

San Jose, CA

January 10, 2013 - February 3, 2013

Geva Theatre Center

Rochester, NY

January 8 , 2013 - February 10, 2013

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta, GA

October 17, 2012 - November 11, 2012

Mixed Blood Theatre

Minneapolis, MN

October 5, 2012 - November 11, 2012

Arden Theatre Company

Philadelphia, PA

September 27, 2012 - November 4, 2012

Arizona Theatre Company

Phoenix, AZ

September 15, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Irish Classical Theatre Company

Buffalo, NY

September 13, 2012 - October 7, 2012

Trustus Theater

Columbia, SC

September 7, 2012 - September 29, 2012

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Glens Falls, NY

July 5, 2012 - July 14, 2012

Stages Repertory Theatre

Houston, TX

May 16, 2012 - June 24, 2012

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Little Rock, AR

May 1, 2012 - May 27, 2012

Artists Repertory Theatre

Portland, OR

April 24, 2012 - June 3, 2012

SpeakEasy Stage Company

Boston, MA

March 9, 2012 - April 22, 2012

ZACH Theatre

Austin, TX

January 24, 2012 - March 4, 2012

Playhouse on the Square

Memphis, TN

January 20, 2012 - February 12, 2012

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

Milwaukee, WI

December 6, 2011 - January 15, 2012

City Rep

Oklahoma City, OK

November 11, 2011 - November 20, 2011

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota, FL

November 2, 2011 - January 20, 2012

Kennedy Center

Washington, DC

June 28, 2011 - July 9, 2011

Center Theatre Group

Los Angeles, CA

November 23, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Broadway premiere

at the Booth Theatre

April 15, 2009 - January 16, 2011

Arena Stage

Washington, DC

November 21, 2008 - January 18, 2009


Next to Normal won three 2009 Tony Awards:

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Alice Ripley

Best Orchestrations: Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams

"Next to Normal
Headed to Broadway’s Longacre Theater, Previews Start March 27 [2009]"

- Broadway World,

"Next to Normal
is a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical, sung with a wallop by a six-member cast that includes the astonishing Alice Ripley, and dexterously directed by Michael Greif of Rent fame. Writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have stocked the musical with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story - and simply get to the heart. Anyone who has cared for, or about, a person whose mind or body has been damaged will want to share the show with a friend and say, ‘Now do you understand?’"

-The Washington Post


"A powerful new American musical with a bristling, contemporary rock score, smart lyrics and raw energy. Arena’s transcendent production is truly the go-to show of the winter season."

- The Washington Times

Next to Normal
is about smart people who deal with tricky issues of love and loss and who do so in soaring, searing melodies. And at Arena, it’s being sung to the rafters (and at several points, from the rafters) in ways that prove exhilarating and roundly affecting.”

- Washington City Paper

Next to Normal, now at Arena Stage in Arlington, Virginia, is a bruising and brilliant musical that takes the audience inside the head of a woman coping with emotional illness.”

- Talkin’ Broadway

"Striking original, engrossing and satisfying!"

- Potomac Stages

"Go see Arena Stage’s stunning reworking of this Off-Broadway hit!"

- DC Theatre Scene