Next To Normal

Critics

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Reviews: 4

Audience

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See the groundbreaking smash hit musical that won the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards during its acclaimed run on Broadway. With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal takes you behind the proverbial white picket fence to discover a family coming to terms with their past, bravely fighting to face their future, and striving to take care of themselves and each other. This emotional powerhouse of a musical is authentic, humorous, and unflinching. It will leave you breathless and full of hope.

NOTE: This show contains adult themes and language. It is recommended for mature audiences.

 

Tony Frankel from Stage and Cinema holds nothing back with his review of Next to Normal:

“Next to Perfect”

“Next to Normal infuses me with a rush of suspense, fascination, and moral courage.”

“Under Stephen Hulsey‘s tremendous music direction and dynamic piano, Sho Fujieda‘s drums, Jacob Gonzalez‘s guitars, and Jimmy Beall‘s bass, this teeny-tiny band brought more versatility to the music than did a large orchestra. Thanks to Ryan Brodkin, whose sound design put actors front and center while still allowing us to bask in those amazing orchestrations.”

“The 2010 Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical presents one of the best-realized American families you’ll see on a stage”

“all these performers pour out their guts through a harrowing 40-number workout, making every performance a standout as the ensemble propels the action relentlessly toward the show’s satisfying, uneasy climax”

“Jared Machado’s teenager is as awkward and endearing as any boyfriend you’d wish upon your daughter; Ron Hastings’ glib, well-meaning shrink is as frustrating as any doctor you’ve ever overpaid. Jaylen Baham’s Number One Son is not only very vulnerable but he prances and wails just like an awkward adolescent, the perfect choice to alienate Tym Brown’s heartbreaking, stolid father figure.”

“Jocelyn A. Brown’s Diana, the charming, funny, “batshit crazy” mother, anchors the story and the production. It’s a star part inside a well-balanced ensemble piece, and Ms. Brown reaches high and low to pull out a really exciting character. … an authentically legit Broadway-caliber voice, filled with emotion and control.”

“The surprise of the evening was understudy Jessica James as the disaffected Type A daughter, Natalie, normally played by Angie Chavez. James’s lucid, lovely, lyrical voice is the perfect antidote for the snarling, impatient, disconnected, talented 17-year-old who you’d like alternately to hug and strangle. This is a lesson for audience members who believe seeing an understudy is verboten. I say “Bravo!” to Ms. James.”

“its message is one of resilience rather than victory”

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Reviews

...Such stirring rigor is a point of honor for “Next to Normal,” sensitively directed by LA Drama Critics Circle Award winner Matthew McCray (“The Other Place”) and musically directed by the incredible Stephen Hulsey (“Sweeney Todd”), throbbing with an emotional intensity that cannot be dismissed as synthetic.

 

sweet - Chris Daniels, The Show Report - ...read full review


Not too sure about the so-called New Normal, but the new “Next to Normal,” at Anaheim’s intimate Chance Theater through Feb. 27, is a smash.

sweet - Jordan Young, Jordan R. Young - ...read full review


Chance Theater treasure Jocelyn A. Brown delivers one of the year’s most stunning performances as a woman battling bipolar disorder in Next To Normal, earning much-deserved tears and cheers in the Chance’s 2022 season opener...
Whether you’ve seen as many different productions of Next To Normal as I have (possible but unlikely), or whether somehow or other you’ve missed its multiple previous incarnations, you won’t see a finer N2N than Chance Theater’s. (And let’s hope we don’t have to wait another dozen years for Jocelyn A. Brown to make musical theater magic at the Chance.)

sweet - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Energy crackles from the start in this production... One of Chance’s invariable invaluable assets is staging effective musicals that can work with minimal instrumentation at no expense of a very rich score.
Here, under the musical direction of Stephen Hulsey, new to Chance, the thoughtfully and well-played score is from a keyboard and two guitars on an elevated platform to the side of the stage, with the percussionist and drum kit discreetly tucked away on a lower level.
Under sage, veteran stage director Matthew McCray, the four central performers deliver both the acting and singing goods.

sweet - Christopher Smith, The Orange County Register - ...read full review


...Such stirring rigor is a point of honor for “Next to Normal,” sensitively directed by LA Drama Critics Circle Award winner Matthew McCray (“The Other Place”) and musically directed by the incredible Stephen Hulsey (“Sweeney Todd”), throbbing with an emotional intensity that cannot be dismissed as synthetic.

 

sweet - Chris Daniels, The Show Report - ...read full review


Not too sure about the so-called New Normal, but the new “Next to Normal,” at Anaheim’s intimate Chance Theater through Feb. 27, is a smash.

sweet - Jordan Young, Jordan R. Young - ...read full review


Chance Theater treasure Jocelyn A. Brown delivers one of the year’s most stunning performances as a woman battling bipolar disorder in Next To Normal, earning much-deserved tears and cheers in the Chance’s 2022 season opener...
Whether you’ve seen as many different productions of Next To Normal as I have (possible but unlikely), or whether somehow or other you’ve missed its multiple previous incarnations, you won’t see a finer N2N than Chance Theater’s. (And let’s hope we don’t have to wait another dozen years for Jocelyn A. Brown to make musical theater magic at the Chance.)

sweet - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Energy crackles from the start in this production... One of Chance’s invariable invaluable assets is staging effective musicals that can work with minimal instrumentation at no expense of a very rich score.
Here, under the musical direction of Stephen Hulsey, new to Chance, the thoughtfully and well-played score is from a keyboard and two guitars on an elevated platform to the side of the stage, with the percussionist and drum kit discreetly tucked away on a lower level.
Under sage, veteran stage director Matthew McCray, the four central performers deliver both the acting and singing goods.

sweet - Christopher Smith, The Orange County Register - ...read full review