Next To Normal, a contemporary musical with music by Tom Kitt and writing by Brian Yorkey, offers an emotional and compelling look at dealing with mental health issues in one's own family. The story focuses on a typical suburban family with two teenagers, a boy and a girl, and the effect of the mother's 16-year battle with bipolar disorder.
Next To Normal originally opened on March 27th, 2009, and ran through January 16th, 2011. During that time, the show earned several honors, including several Tony awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also earned inclusion on the list of the year's 10 best shows from critics such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.