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Next To Normal at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Next To Normal

The poignant, three-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical comes to Pittsfield

Next To Normal

The poignant, three-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical comes to Pittsfield

Why see Next To Normal?

A Poignant Portrayal Of Mental Illness

Cultural and creative Pittsfield mainstay Barrington Stage Company celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a dynamic 2024/25 program including three-time Tony, Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Next To Normal. Written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, with direction from Alan Paul, the poignant work explores themes of grief, loss, and ethical practice in modern psychiatry through the lens of suburban life.

Praised for its courageous portrayal of a modern family coping with mental health issues during its Broadway run in 2011, Next to Normal's effervescent pop rock score punctuates the story of the Goodmans. At first stay-at-home mom Diana goes about her usual routine of preparing packed lunches for for her over-achieving daughter and curfew-bending son, but something seems amiss when the family find sandwiches covering every inch of the kitchen. It turns out Diana has battled bipolar disorder and psychosis for the past 16 years, and her various medications yield a varied array of side-effects. Deeply moving and soul-stirring, the musical tenderly captures the kaleidoscopic highs and lows of mental illness with startling results.

Key Information

Run Time

Two hours and 25 minutes with one interval

Dates

Aug 14 - Sep 8

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