Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life onstage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Bridgeport Theatre Company’s Next to Normal at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. The box office opens one hour before showtime, and seating begins 45 minutes before showtime. Choose between the following ticketing options:
For $20, you get two general-admission tickets to the preview show on Thursday, January 24, at 8 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
For $35, you get two general-admission tickets to a regular show, plus two drinks and two popcorns (up to a $69.94 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, January 25, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, January 26, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, January 27, at 5 p.m.
- Thursday, January 31, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m.
In this stirring rock opera about the social tragedy of mental illness, the Goodman family unravels behind a façade of normalcy as mother Diana struggles against the danger of her worsening bipolar disorder and the deadening effect of her prescription medication. Her husband, Dan, wants to help Diana cope, but must overcome his own depression, and their overachieving daughter, Natalie, can’t seem to step out of her brother’s shadow. A series of doctors supply a steady stream of pharmacological solutions, but when the pain reaches as deep as Diana’s, the remedy must come from a truer place. What follows is an exploration of memory, loss, and the way society treats those afflicted with mental illness.
Next to Normal opened on Broadway in 2009, and swiftly earned 11 Tony nominations and three wins, including Best Score and Best Orchestrations. In 2010, the play took home the Pulitzer for Drama—joining an exclusive club of eight musicals to have earned the honor—and the original cast and crew included numerous winners of the World’s Greatest Dad award.
After being ungraciously displaced one time too many, Natalie confronts her mother in the heart-swelling “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.” This performance by the original Broadway cast was filmed at the 2009 Tony Awards: