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Next to Normal Paperback – July 20, 2010
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Brian Yorkey received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score for his work on Next to Normal and was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical. His other credits include Making Tracks and Time After Time.
Tom Kitt received two 2009 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. He also composed the music for High Fidelity and From Up Here. His string arrangements appear on the new Green Day album 21st Century Breakdown, and he is the leader of the Tom Kitt Band.
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As one who battles bipolar depression and mania, I had to buy the disc. I was blown away. Wow! I don't think that I have heard or am aware of anything that gets it SO right.
I live this life, so it made me laugh at many of the songs on the 1st disc. Disc 2 scared my like the Ghost of Christmas to come scared Scrooge.
Anyway, I had originally written about all the things that go on with this illness, but thought, why bore people with the life of a bipolar wife/mother. It bores even me. After reading, I thought, these are the things that I should be telling MY psychopharmacologest!
Honestly, I think everyone shoulld listen to this almost, like a public service announcement. There a lot of people who have NO idea what it's like to ride this ride. Although there is no longer a stigma attached to mental illness, there are a LOT of people who see it as a sign of weakness and scoff at us. Quite the contrary. I believe that those of us who battle this illness are the strongest people I know. I loved the song that talks about being jealous for the dead. Living is hard, because it means taking a cocktail of one or more of the long list of meds in the song, but we do it each day. Dying is easier. You only have to do this once.
So hats off to the creator of this wonderful play/musical! It's comic relief for those who live with it whether they be the one affected or those who live with the person who rides the ride at least for as long as they can no longer for their own sanity.Read more ›
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