“The best musical of the season by a mile! Next To Normal is mesmerizing – an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.” Rolling Stone
I couldn’t agree more. There was nothing normal about the play Next To Normal which dealt with a difficult theme with humour and realism, and an outstanding cast that gave a brilliant performance.
Many thanks to our friends Adrian and Jerene Au for sharing this amazing production with us. Produced by Pangdemonium! productions, Next To Normal is an extraordinary musical that shares the story of Diane, a woman battling bipolar disorder coupled with schizophrenic hallucinations and the effect her condition has on her family.
There is Dan, her hapless husband who fights to keep her mind stable and his family intact. Their teenage daughter Natalie struggles to cope with her mother’s medical condition while dealing with her own growing pains and blossoming relationship with her boyfriend, Henry. In the meanwhile, we learnt that Diane’s son Gabe, whom she has created a super-hero image, is not what he seems to be. Things in this family are far from “normal”…
It is a super-charged play that bravely deals with the unspoken hardships of managing a mental illness within the family and the hidden toll the illness takes on the mental and physical wellbeing of the family members.
Did we also mention the incredible singing performances in this play?
After the play, we had the privilege to hang out with the cast and their friends. Wine and whiskey were served and the cast members were nice enough to chat and pose with us.
Next To Normal is performed at the Drama Centre Theatre from now till 22 September. Get your tickets from SISTIC today!
Look out for Pangdemonium’s next production − Gruesome Playground Injuries by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (31 Oct to 10 Nov). Read more about it HERE.