I was totally surprised and how amazing Next to Normal was. The music and subject matter is complex indeed. the fact that this group of high school students and a couple of middle schoolers took on this play is impressive itself. The staging was amazing, the singing was incredible - and I thought some of the songs must have been challenging to learn. Their commitment to the professional level of presentation is top notch.
I highly recommend seeing this.production not only for the acting but for content of the play which is also totally intense....
The show would be good except that we were watching a high school musical and not a very good one. There was one good performer in the cast. The theater was super hot and the music was louder than the actors for a lot of the dialogue.
Additionally: the adults were all played by the teenagers without the use of wigs or other devices to make them appear to be in their 40's. ...
I am an Ex New Yorker so I love the theater and all of the arts,
as this is part of my geo- DNA.
Last night's performance of "NEXT TO NORMAL"
absolutely thrilled and impressed me.
It not only was artfully directed, but the musical
talent of the cast was almost unbeleivable!
How could a group of High School ( and some middle school)
tweens be so brave as to approach the adult themed book while
singing a complicated and magnificent operetta? YES, sing the entire two acts. Magnificent voices and intense and important
subject matter, all sung perfectly and staged simply and artfully.
I asked the Director, a 15 year old, how she came to choose this
story, in particular. Her answer: "it was the music that got me! It has seven...