Please forward this error screen to sharedip-19218621338. 2008 American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century and its soundtrack one of the best original soundtracks in a suicidal thoughts normal teenager due to its graceful handling of its dark, complex subject matter and its moving and brutally honest exploration into pain.
The Broadway production closed in January 2011 after more than 700 performances. There have been numerous international productions. Suburban mother Diana Goodman waits up late for her curfew-challenged son, and attempts to comfort her anxious and overachieving daughter, Natalie. Everything appears normal until Dan and Natalie realize that the sandwiches Diana is making are covering every surface in the kitchen. As Dan helps the disoriented Diana, the kids hurry off to school. Over the ensuing weeks Diana makes a series of visits to her doctor, while Dan waits in the car outside questioning how to cope with his own depression.
Diana has suffered from bipolar disorder and psychosis for the past sixteen years. Henry has been invited, much to Natalie’s dismay. He happily recounts how Diana has been energetic and in a great mood for the past weeks, but when Diana emerges with a cake singing “Happy Birthday” to her son, Dan and Natalie are devastated. A few days later, Diana starts work with Doctor Madden, attempting a drug-free treatment. Dan and Natalie doubt the sessions are helping. After an argument, Natalie begins experimenting with her mother’s old prescription medications.
Doctor Madden proposes hypnosis to help Diana discover the roots of her trauma. At the hospital, Diana lies sedated and restrained, with self-inflicted gashes to her wrists. Doctor Madden explains to Dan that ECT is the standard course of treatment for drug-resistant patients who are at a high risk of suicide. Diana receives a series of ECT treatments over two weeks.
Meanwhile, Natalie explores clubs and drugs, seemingly sharing a hallucination with her mother. Dan to use photos, mementos, and the like to help Diana recover. When Natalie pulls the music box from a pile of keepsakes, he whisks it away, leaving Diana puzzled. Diana tells Dan there’s something she’s desperate to remember that’s just beyond her reach.