Nominated for eleven Tony Awards and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next To Normal is a powerful rock musical that examines mental illness atop a suburban backdrop.
With a thrilling contemporary score, this compelling, funny and often outrageous story centres around a mother suffering bipolar disorder, plagued by anxieties which stem from a family tragedy 16 years ago.
Described by Rolling Stone as ‘pushing Broadway in new directions’, Next To Normal chronicles how the Goodman family are affected by Diana’s condition and its various treatments – including psychoactive drugs and electroconvulsive therapy.
I’m a theatre kid who hasn’t been a part of that world for far too long so when I was asked to shoot some photos of the musical my friend Emma’s production company, Pursued by Bear, was putting on, I jumped at the chance! Next to Normal is, as mentioned above, an incredible musical that really challenges your modern expectation of what a musical should be. It was a pleasure to shoot their musical.
Their last few shows are this weekend at Chapel off Chapel. Hope you go check them out!