"Next To Normal"

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In a Nutshell

Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical drama tells a realistic story of mental illness and medication in domestic suburbia

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Dock Street Theatre. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Dock Street Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to Next To Normal
  • Where: Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre
  • Seating: tier 3, which is highlighted in teal on the seating chart.
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Showtime Options

  • $23 for Friday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $47.50 value)
  • $23 for Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. (up to $47.50 value)
  • $19 for Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. (up to $38.50 value)<p>

The Plot

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:<p>

####Dock Street Theatre An institution that stretches back to 1736, the original Dock Street Theatre was the first American building specifically designed for theatrical performances. Although that first incarnation most likely burned in the Great Fire of 1740, further forms carried it through the centuries as a hotel occupied by such figures as John Wilkes Booth’s father and Robert Smalls, a hero of the Civil War. In 1936, the WPA carved the current form of the theater out of the shell of the old hotel. More recently, the venue received a $19 million makeover and now sports crystalline acoustics, seismic security, and fresh new seats for stellar views of charismatic characters and stagehands playing Rock, Paper, Scissors in the wings.

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