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Next To Normal

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"And some days I think I’m dying
But I’m only really trying
Not to crack
For just another day. . ."
- "Just Another Day" from Next to Normal

In Rehearsal

Where It All Started text
The original annotated song list for the 10-minute musical version of Feeling Electric.
Ten Minutes to Full-Length: The Development Path of Next to Normal text
Co-creator Brian Yorkey maps out the journey he and Tom Kitt took in getting Next to Normal into production.
Evolution of a Song audiotext
Brian Yorkey (lyricist) walks through the different versions of two songs (with clips!) from Next to Normal, "I've Been" and "Song of Forgetting".
The Right Song for the Moment audiotext
Brian Yorkey (lyricist) discusses changing, re-writing and cutting songs (with clips!) in order to create the perfect moment in the show.

From the Wings

The Designer's Sketchbook photos
Costume designer Jeff Mahshie shares his original sketches for Next to Normal.
The Original Rent-head: Director Michael Greif videolinktext
On and off Broadway, Michael Greif has distinguished himself as a top director in the American theatre.
I Will Never Leave You: Actress Alice Ripley videolinktext
How Alice Ripley changed Broadway history
Rockin' Broadway: Composer Tom Kitt audiophotoslinktext
A look at Tom Kitt's unique musical style

Spotlight On….

Classically constructed or innovatively improvised? An analysis of Classical and Jazz Music videolinktext
Delve into these two popular genres of music and discover their importance in Next to Normal.
Where Are You Taking Me? What's Next in Musical Theatre text
Find out what happened at Arena's day long symposium dedicated to discussing (and viewing) the future of musical theatre.

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