Next to Normal gets ready to release its Original Broadway Cast Recording May 12th, and, to celebrate, DC Theatre Scene will be giving away 3 copies of the richly produced double-CD.
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Next to Normal is the New York musical about mental illness which went into rehab here at Arena Stage last year, and re-opened in New York to rave reviews like “exceptional, hopeful and uplifting”, “agonizingly beautiful.” On Tues, May 5th, everyone learned that this once troubled musical now has 11 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
Recorded Feb 11 & 12 in the studios of Sh-KBoom/Ghostlight Records, the album features Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer and the entire cast singing the 30 songs of the Tom Kitt/Brian Yorkey Tony nominated score. First released to iTunes where it quickly shot up to the #20 position, the CD will be available everywhere May 12th. (Buy yours through our Amazon link and support DC Theatre Scene.)
But how about getting it for free?
To enter to win, tell us why you want to win the Next to Normal CD in the comments section below. Be creative. Be appealing. Maybe include your photo (see the ‘gravatar’ info). We’ll pick the best answers, create a poll and let our readers pick the winners. Enter whenever inspiration strikes, but the deadline is Tuesday, May 12 at 6 pm.
Check out the music and videos on the Next to Normal site.
Alice Ripley podcast with Joel Markowitz
Brian Yorkey/Tom Kitt interview with Joel Markowitz
Enter through our comments section.
lorraine treanor says
Our contestants want your votes. The poll is open until 5 am Thursday morning, May 14.
Dear DC Theater Scene,
I don’t mean to Showboat, but I am a coinsure of the American musical. I know that Guys and Dolls of all ages love a good, American musical, but I am a particularly huge fan. There’s something just so powerful about the experience. The stories, the costumes, the Hair, the sets. It’s all so fabulous And the music. I love the Sound of Music, emanating from the stage. Music that makes you want to walk home singing, even if you’re Singing in the Rain.
But then I saw Next To Normal at Arena Stage and I thought it was one of the best shows I’d ever seen. I think that Tom Kitt is a musical King, and I was blown away by Brian Yorkey’s writing. I can’t wait to go see the Broadway production in New York, at 45th St and 8th Avenue (Q.uite worth the trip, I’m sure). And it’s not like I live on 42nd Street, or anything. I’m going to go all the way up there from DC. In fact, I’d go see a production of this show anywhere, in Chicago, or even Oklahoma. I’m not going to let those Damn Yankees have all the fun. I’ll Rent a car, if I have to.
And why did I love it? It’s really because of The Music: Man, it was good! And the Company was great, even though there wasn’t a traditional Chorus Line. And when I saw the cast, I said to myself, “Jesus Christ, Superstars everywhere!” They were Wicked good. I know all of us felt a little Les Miserable when we left that show. The Producers did a really nice job of putting together a fantastic show.
I would love to own the N2N soundtrack. I’ll add it to the musical collection on my ipod. When I feel lost, or confused, I can always count on a recording of a musical to Grease the wheels of my creativity. I hope you will choose me to be one of your soundtrack giveaway winners.
I would like to win this CD to listen to it with my dad. This is pretty personal, but his mother has bipolar disorder. I haven’t really spoken to him about his childhood and I hope that this can open up the dialogue.
I was very interested to see Next to Normal when I heard that it was about depression because I had just ended a relationship with someone who suffered from depression. I was hoping that perhaps this musical might give me some hope, or at least some answers to why our relationship had to end.
It was hard for us because her condition had really just started to manifest itself, even though her family had a history of depression. At first it was ok and I told myself that I would stick it through, but the unpredictability of her mood from day to day just wore me down after a while. There would be days when we would hold hands and talk and everything was wonderful; there were the days when she wouldn’t even look at me; then there were the days when she would yell at me. Even on the good days it was hard to tell what might flip the switch: a misunderstood comment, a reminder of something that was stressing her out, or even just asking her how she was feeling.
Like Dan, the father, I wanted to make things better; I wanted to do the right thing; I wanted to help her fight. But it doesn’t work that way. I got mad at her because I thought that she didn’t want to change, that she was just denying her problem. After seeing Next to Normal, it made me realize that perhaps I had become part of the problem and that is why we couldn’t work.
Depression isn’t something that can be “fixed”. Almost like addiction, it comes and goes but never disappears. Even at the best of times the fear of relapse lingers. Trying to “fix” it only makes it worse because it makes the suffering person feel like they are inadequate. I think that’s why Diana had to leave.
For the afflicted and their loved ones it is important to come to terms with the fact that life is changed forever. Even though there are treatments and medications, still the only way to deal with depression is day by day – taking joy in the good times and accepting the bad times. I’m very glad that I saw Next to Normal and hope that I will be able to see it again.
Robert A Spiegel says
I suffer from bipolar depression and therefore have particular
interest in subject matter for this show of special Affects.
Though every show has its “ups and downs,” I felt my emotional
state even more elevated than when I was last Crazy for You.
Music to my ears was score that caused auditory hallucinations
which felt like I was “Listening to Prozac.” Before seeing the
show, I had a splitting headache; after seeing the show, I had
splitting personality. The score was almost as elecrifying as
my “shock” therapy treatments. Given aUtistic talents of the
castE, I became very silent when the actors outburst into song.
Notwithstanding my fears of premature onset Alzheimer’s, don’t
think that I will ever forget the postive trauma of this drama.
I am so glad about having an opportunity to see this production
after it nearly self-destructed the first time it played in New
York. Must thank my psycho companion for forcing me into this
revolutionary treatment that cured me of any “no show” phobia.
Perhaps in future, non-judge mental theatre crtic can arrange
it so I can play role of a mood swing man in Next to Normal.
I walked into the show not knowing a thing about it, but for the next 2 and a half hours, I was completely transported, moved, saddened, amused. The amazing thing about the show is its realness. I’ve had family issues, so it definitely struck a nerve, but it was so respectful and honest. And the performers were incredible. Next to Normal is anything but normal; it’s riveting and incredible. Plus, it’s an entirely original show, which is what Broadway NEEDS! I’m a student, so free stuff is kind of amazing for me. I’ll definitely get a CD either way, because the show is amazing. GO SEE IT!
I live in DC but for some reason never saw it when it was at Arena Stage. Just saw it recently on Broadway and was blown away! Alice Ripley is amazing. I need the soundtrack so I can stop listenting to the bootleg YouTube videos.
been to hell and back with illness, never found anything hopeful and uplifting…would like to hear this take.
I’d love the Next to Normal soundtrack. I’m an invisible girl, daughter of air. I am here.