Next to normal 081113

Next to Normal Reviews

Drury Lane Theatre (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

283 ratings
4.5 average rating
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Helen Kopec Red Velvet
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20 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 25 2013

great energetic performances by actors...great music

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4 reviews
3 stars
attended Aug 17 2013

Well done--great performance.

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25 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 20 2013

Kudos to the actors, the play, and clever execution.

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16 reviews
11 stars
attended Sep 12 2013

Great acting of a sad emotional story. Highly discussable. Theater is very comfortable with excellent sound

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redcurtain82 Red Velvet
24 events
16 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 19 2013

Had the opportunity of seeing the original tour in Chicago with Alice Ripley in 2011. I was very moved by her performance and was concerned if I would feel as connected with the storyline in the Drury Lane production. However, I give this one...continued

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16 reviews
10 stars
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11 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 01 2013

A powerful and personal performance. Well acted and beautifully sung. This is a difficult subject matter but this performance was memorable.

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11 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 15 2013

I must have loved it....went back again....

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6 reviews
14 stars
attended Sep 26 2013

A beautiful and moving experience about a serious illness Bipolar disorder. I laughed and I cried. The cast was amazing. Their harmonies delightful. The orchestra exciting especially the guitarist! This is a very unique play. A must see...bravo !

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6 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 03 2013

This was great theatre, sad and touching. Well-acted and well-sung.
It was the second time I had seen tis musical, saw it at the Drury Lane in Water Tower, and I cried.

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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 22 2013

I did not know what to expect and did not realize Next to Normal was a musical. It is an operetta in that almost all the dialogue is sung. I thought the play, the characters and the music were very good and strongly recommend this performance.

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 14 2013

It was amazing. The talent was awesome!! I laughed...I cried... All in all a great performance ! I would highly recommend seeing this.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Sep 15 2013

I have been going to the theater since I was a teenager. I have seen some of the very best shows ever produced. Next To Normal ranks with some of the best shows that I have seen in my lifetime. My son is a psychotherapist and my brother a...continued

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janet
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68 reviews
21 stars
attended Oct 03 2013

Incredible talent. Storyline singing weaves flawlessly along, advancing the script without coming across clunky & manufactured (as some musicals can't seem to avoid doing, even when with a good score!). So Kudos to the perceptive writing...continued

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65 reviews
25 stars
attended Aug 29 2013

Very well staged, acted, and sung! I thought that the daughter did and especially touching job although all of the cast was well chosen for their affecting roles. Not in the usual "musical vein" but interesting throughout and we were glad that...continued

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54 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 30 2013

This is the first time in 3 years that I was assigned seats other than the 2nd to last row at Drury Lane OB and they were great (4th row, ctr). The performers were terrific and the singing was excellent; however, the story was just so-so. I prefer...continued

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49 reviews
18 stars
attended Aug 31 2013

There seems something incongruous about a sadly dysfunctional family singing rock music about their lives. Be prepared for a stellar production of a somewhat problematical musical...can you enjoy even the upbeat ending knowing that mental illness...continued

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42 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 08 2013

Moving production with an excellent cast. Difficult subject matter.

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35 reviews
42 stars
attended Sep 06 2013

Sondheim-esque modern vehicle dealing with difficult subject matter in a very effective way. excellent performaces and voices, never dull. Something 'not ordinary' for sure.

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32 reviews
9 stars
attended Sep 07 2013

An excellent production of a show about a difficult topic. Top notch cast and great performances and singing by all. Some reviewers have said this production in some ways is as good if not better than the Broadway production and after seeing it,...continued

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