Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Next To Normal

In the many years that I have been going to the theatre I have enjoyed and been entertained by so many wonderful productions. However, every once in a while something comes along that feels just a little bit different and effects you , or I should say me on a different level. Just the other night I saw NEXT TO NORMAL and this was one of those experiences. It was captivating, moving and I have to say just reached inside and grabbed me. Not to give too much away, the show is a musical about a family dealing with the Mother's struggle with mental illness. Alice Ripley who has won me over so many times before, with such great performances in Side Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show gives a heart wrenching performance as the Mother. The show has a small cast (5) and I must say everyone gives a strong and emotionally charged performance. This is one of the best experiences I have had in the theatre for quite some time. Don't miss this!

H. Todd Freeman
Applause Theatre and Entertainment Service
311 W. 43rd Street , Suite 601
New York, NY 10036
1-800-451-9930 or 212-307-7050

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