4th Wall Theatre, Inc.
Theatre on the Edge
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Next to Normal
"A brave, breathtaking musical. It is something much more than a feel-good musical: it is a feel-everything musical."
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
This Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Next to Normal tells the story of a mother, Diana Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder, and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.


Learn more about Mental Illness and the resources available through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The Mental Health Association of Essex County is ready and able to assist citizens in the Essex County area.

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"Grade: A. Agonizingly beautiful." -Entertainment Weekly

"A hallmark of a great musical is that it can grab you, shake you and take you into its world. NEXT TO NORMAL did before - and still does." -New York Daily News

"The future of American Musicals." -The Washington Post

"Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in NEXT TO NORMAL. The best musical of the season by a mile." -Rolling Stone

Highlights of Major Awards Won

- 2010 Pulitzer Prize *First musical to win since RENT
Pulitzer Prize - Drama

- Tony Award - Best Original Score

- Tony Award - Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

-Tony Award - Best Orchestrations

- Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Lead Actress

- Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Supporting Performer

- Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Non-Resident Production