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More than a decade after its premiere, Next to Normal is still brilliantly weird


It’s a rock musical about suffering from bipolar disorder and getting electroshock treatment.

This award-winning 2008 musical by Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (music) began its life as a 10-minute rock musical, Feeling Electric, that was inspired by a Dateline NBC story about electroconvulsive therapy. (One of the most moving parts of the show remains the dramatization through music and dance of how it feels to experience ECT.)…

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