Broadway and Theatre
222 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Tuesday 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
CAAL members saw the new "brave, breathtaking" rock musical next to normal and met the two Columbians who created it, composer Tom Kitt '96CC and lyricist Brian Yorkey '93CC. The duo first collaborated 15 years ago when they wrote the music, lyrics, and book to the 100th Annual Varsity Show, Angels at Columbia: Centennial Approaches.
Also joining Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey in the Q & A after the performance to speak about the psychiatric aspect of next to normal were Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, as well as Anthony Pietropinto '64MD, who assisted Kitt and Yorkey with the psychological themes in the show.
next to normal is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics and a score featuring more than 30 original songs, the musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact. And just last week, next to normal was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Actress in a Musical, Best Score and Best Direction of a Musical!
Check out the critical reviews:
Ben Brantley of the NYTimes loved it. Read the review here.
Check out behind the scenes footage of the music here.
Read the Columbia College Today article about Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey here.
-Tom Kitt ‘96CC and Brian Yorkey ‘96CC
Paulette Bernd, '77GSAS, '78GSAS, '80GSAS
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