NEXT TO NORMAL
THANKS ASHEVILLE…ALL FOUR WEEKENDS SOLD OUT IN ADVANCE
Bioflyer Productions in partnership with Asheville Community Theater was proud to present for the first time in Western North Carolina the Broadway hit musical Next To Normal. Directed by Rock Eblen with live band Music Direction by Isaac Fulk.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it became just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif.
This intriguing rock musical is about a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. It also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.
Besides the awards it won, Next To Normal was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards and an additional 8 TONY Awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Book of a Musical”
“No show on Broadway right now makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as thoroughly — as Next to Normal does…brave, breathtaking…a work of muscular grace and power.” – New York Times
“…heart-melting…sensitively crafted show… something inordinately powerful in the music and the story, which have been meticulously woven together by the songwriting team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey… beautiful songs that get to the heart of this deceptively complex story — and simply get to the heart.” – Washington Post
The production took place at the intimate 40 seat theater known as 35 Below which is beneath Asheville Community Theater, 35 East Walnut St. The dates were weekends March 11-April 2. National Alliance On Mental Illness, Asheville Bipolar Support Group, and Skyland Behavioral Health Associates also handed out literature and participated in talk-backs after Sunday matinees.
CITIZEN-TIMES REVIEW…click HERE