Editor's Pick: Next to Normal

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 2, 2011 9:00 PM |

The 2009 Tony-winning musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is a tour de force examination of contemporary life. For its first national tour, the show -- which D.C.'s Arena Stage helped retool before it first went to Broadway -- features a cast that includes Alice Ripley, reprising her Tony-winning role as the original Diana, a manic-depressive mother whose illness and medical complications threaten to tear apart her family. Director Michael Greif oversaw this show, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Tom Kitt deservedly won the Tony for best score: It's music at its most all-encompassing and powerful. To July 10. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $35 to $125. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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