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Next to Normal Critics' Reviews

"It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel everything musical. A brave, breathtaking musical!"

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times

"Next to Normal covers a challenging subject, no question. That it's hopeful and uplifting, not depressing, is more than a triumph—it's next to wondrous."

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from The New York Daily News

"There are no easy answers to be found in Next to Normal, a startling, emotion-drenched musical about one family's attempt to cope with mental illness. The show is an impressive achievement, a heartfelt entertainment. One of the most adventurous and satisfying musicals of the season."

Review by Michael Kuchwara from Associated Press

"Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in Next To Normal. It’s the best musical of the season by a mile,an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely. You leave this show feeling you’ve discovered something fresh and vital."

Review by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone

"Its choice of subject alone is reason to admire Next to Normal. The creative team here poses a potentially hackneyed question—is it better to feel pain or smother it?—and gives it freshness, urgency and emotional integrity."

Review by David Rooney from Variety

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