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Charlie Alterman: Next to Normal [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Audio Samples

>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Prelude
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Just Another Day
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Everything Else
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Who's Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Perfect for You - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Miss the Mountains
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. It's Gonna Be Good
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. He's Not Here
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. You Don't Know
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Am the One - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Superboy and the Invisible Girl - (with Aaron Tveit/Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I'm Alive
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Dreamed a Dance - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. There's a World
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I've Been
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Didn't I See This Movie?
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Light in the Dark - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Wish I Were Here
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Song of Forgetting - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #1 - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Seconds and Years - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Better Than Before - (with Louis Hobson/Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Aftershocks
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #2 - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. You Don't Know (Reprise) - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. How Could I Ever Forget? - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. It's Gonna Be Good (Reprise) - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Why Stay?/A Promise - (with Adam Chanler-Berat/Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. I'm Alive (Reprise)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. The Break
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling (Reprise) - (with Aaron Tveit/Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Maybe (Next to Normal) - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #3/Perfect for You (Reprise) - (with Aaron Tveit)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. So Anyway
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. I Am the One (Reprise) - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Light

Track List

>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Prelude
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Just Another Day
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Everything Else
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Who's Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Perfect for You - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Miss the Mountains
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. It's Gonna Be Good
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. He's Not Here
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. You Don't Know
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Am the One - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Superboy and the Invisible Girl - (with Aaron Tveit/Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I'm Alive
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I Dreamed a Dance - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. There's a World
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. I've Been
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Didn't I See This Movie?
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 1. Light in the Dark - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Wish I Were Here
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Song of Forgetting - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #1 - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Seconds and Years - (with Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Better Than Before - (with Louis Hobson/Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Aftershocks
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #2 - (with Adam Chanler-Berat)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. You Don't Know (Reprise) - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. How Could I Ever Forget? - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. It's Gonna Be Good (Reprise) - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Why Stay?/A Promise - (with Adam Chanler-Berat/Alice Ripley/J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. I'm Alive (Reprise)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. The Break
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling (Reprise) - (with Aaron Tveit/Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Maybe (Next to Normal) - (with Alice Ripley)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Hey #3/Perfect for You (Reprise) - (with Aaron Tveit)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. So Anyway
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. I Am the One (Reprise) - (with J. Robert Spencer)
>Next To Normal, musical play: Act 2. Light

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Next to Normal (styled as Next to Normal) is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Next to Normal received several workshop performances before it debuted off-Broadway in 2008, winning the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Score and receiving nominations for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show then played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Arlington, Virginia from November 2008 to January 2009.

"Next to Normal is a challenging musical at best: it looks at the dark side of suburbia and the ways a suburban family copes with mental illness in the face of tragedy. It also manages to present a realism and gravity to the situation while not ignoring the black humour also present within. Due to the nature of the show, the author will be avoiding spoilers in the review.

As the show prepares to open on Broadway after a ten year development cycle including a run at the 2005 New York Musical Festival and productions off-Broadway at 2nd Stage before a significant revision at Arena Stage in Washington DC. The cast recording, made between the Arena and Broadway production, reflects the final revision of the show." -Suite101

Album Notes

Lyricist: Brian Yorkey.

Personnel: Jennifer Damiano, Louis Hobson, Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer (vocals); Michael Aarons (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Yuiko Kamakari (violin, keyboards); Jennifer Lang (cello); Randy Landau (acoustic bass, electric bass); Damien Bassman (drums, percussion).

Liner Note Author: Michael Greif.

Recording information: Avatar Studio C, New York, NY (02/11/2009/02/12/2009); John Kilgore Sound (02/11/2009/02/12/2009).

Editors: David Herman ; Joel Moss .

Photographer: Joan Marcus.

This 2009 Broadway cast recording presents the bold Tony-nominated production NEXT TO NORMAL, which looks at one family's suburban discontent. The cast, including Great White Way vet Alice Ripley and promising newcomer Aaron Tveit, shines on songs such as the pensive "Just Another Day" and the perky "It's Gonna Be Good."



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