*sings in my musical voice* Don’t you just love art with a bigger message? This weekend a belle excitedly headed to our new fave theatre. We saw a musical that dealt with relevant issues such as a family just trying to make sense of the life they’ve come to know, drug abuse, unchanging grief, and the affect that a disability has on not only the “patient,” but the “family.” Brian Yorkely’s Next to Normal is a play that was not only moving, but at times funny and sad. When you think of taboo do you think of mental illness? This musical is an emotional roller coaster that was played out very well. A mother (Diana) wakes up one day and makes one too many sandwiches. The result is her constant struggle with mental illness, as well as her family’s ability to cope with it.
Although the musical deals with a serious subject, it injects humor into the storyline, which is awesome. Rock music is played, actors are dancing, and the audience is allowed to experience the reality of mental illness. Oh yeah, y’all have to see this set (a suburban house and much more–the set was a show in its self!). It’s amazing! We’ve been to A LOT of plays (on and off Broadway) and this is the first we’ve seen of its caliber. This Broadway goodness is a must-see at the Alliance Theatre. Fab. To. Death. You have until November 11th to see the show for yourself here in hot-Lanta. A belle promises you won’t be disappointed I mean, the musical did win 3 Tony Awards! Hooolla!! Disclosure: We were provided tickets to this play, but as always, our opinions are a belle’s own! *Play Photo via Google Search