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Next To Normal

musicals and operas · adolescent theatre company · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · United States

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JENNIFER GROSS June 13, 2014
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.... full review
DEBORAH GLUSKER certified reviewer June 13, 2014
Extraordinary! Impressive! Touching! What talent!!... full review
CAROL NACE June 15, 2014
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. ... full review
JENNA CAINE certified reviewer June 16, 2014
Lots of budding talent in this show! Zoe Port was great! ... full review
TAMA DAVIS certified reviewer June 13, 2014
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... full review

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