This Friday, for one night only, LAB! Theatre will be putting on a rendition of the renowned musical "Next to Normal." The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., is free of charge and tells a story of mental health that is sure to intrigue and entertain attendees.
The play, originally written by Brian Yorkey with music by Tom Kitt, tells the story of a mother’s grief after the death of her son and how the tragedy affects the family. It has been universally praised as it was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Original Score.
Those involved in the LAB! production also praised the play’s depiction of mental illness.
“This show explores a lot of really important themes when it comes to mental illness, and it shows just one example of what one family goes through in supporting one person that has one very specific experience,” director Samantha Yancey said. “A really cool thing about the show is (it doesn’t) tell you what mental health is or how it’s supposed to be dealt with, but what makes this a really cool show is that it shows you one example, and it begins the conversation that I think is important for everyone to have as far as how mental health affects their lives and people around them.”
However, Yancey wanted to make sure that her production had a unique flavor.