Last night was a night off from Nine Inch Nails shows so I managed to get a ticket to see the musical Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. After it won a few big Tonys at the 2009 Tony Awards (Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations) it caught my attention and got on my list of shows to see. Broadway shows are traditionally dark on Mondays but Next to Normal is not your traditional show:
I’m hesitant to give away anything in my review of the show because I believe the show packs a better punch if you see it cold. I literally gasped out loud at least twice. Suffice to say, I loved the show. Honestly, tho, the first couple of songs worried me … it didn’t grab me initially and I feared it might turn out to be a stinker. But then, well — read on after the jump if you’re intrigued but IF YOU PLAN TO SEE THIS SHOW see it cold, trust me …
Okay, so after about 15-20 mins. in a surprise twist is revealed and, I swear, you’re hooked. The show is about a woman’s bout with mental illness and the effects it has on her family … it’s a very inventive show that is well acted and superbly staged — directed by the director of Rent:
I love how the writers of the show thought it’d be cool to make a show about bipolar/schizophrenia … and then it becomes a huge hit! The show is, as I mentioned, not your traditional fare … but it’s really fantastic. I’d be very curious to hear from those of you who have seen the show already. Lead player Alice Ripley is amazing in this role. Last night was a great night of musical theater for me.
Tonight, I get back into the NIN fray … the first of 2 shows at Terminal 5 take place tonight … considering the epic nature of last Sunday’s show at Webster Hall, I can’t help but wonder what’s in store for tonight … and for the remaining NIN shows.