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Next to Normal Reviews

Drury Lane Theatre (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

"Next to Normal"
284 ratings
4.5 average rating
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Havana
66 events
25 reviews
52 stars
attended Aug 25 2013

great energetic performances by actors...great music

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CG
26 events
4 reviews
4 stars
attended Aug 17 2013

Well done--great performance.

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85 events
76 reviews
15 stars
attended Sep 20 2013

Great play, great performance!

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85 events
76 reviews
15 stars
attended Sep 20 2013

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

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Sherlock Red Velvet
61 events
32 reviews
13 stars
attended Aug 15 2013

What a great show. I was a little leery about going to the opening night preview, but I shouldn't have been. It was extremely polished and the performances were marvelous. I had seen the Broadway touring company downtown a few years ago and...continued

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Michael P Greenlief Jr. Red Velvet
42 events
27 reviews
1 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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43 events
20 reviews
4 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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43 events
20 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 15 2013

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

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15 events
11 reviews
3 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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102 events
98 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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128 events
87 reviews
32 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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138 events
68 reviews
22 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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81 events
57 reviews
24 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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50 events
46 reviews
8 stars
attended Sep 08 2013

Moving production with an excellent cast. Difficult subject matter.

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65 events
43 reviews
11 stars
attended Aug 31 2013

We saw this production in New York and loved it. The production at Drury Lane was fantastic. We highly recommend it. The cast was superb.

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71 events
37 reviews
44 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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Dorit
61 events
34 reviews
26 stars
attended Sep 26 2013

This play was a surprise. I didn't expect it to be so well done. The singing was outstanding and the story was inspiring. Go see it and have your own experiences.

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57 events
31 reviews
19 stars
attended Aug 29 2013

It was totally different than I expected, even though I knew the topic, it was even more depressing then I expected, especially for a musical. The music was not memorable, but the acting was great, and it was very different, especially for Drury...continued

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40 events
23 reviews
11 stars
attended Aug 24 2013

FANTASTIC! Saw the national tour, with Alice Ripley, and I honestly thought this production was better. The father's voice was incredible & everyone else was just perfectly cast. I have middle school age theatre girls, and they loved it too...but...continued

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49 events
23 reviews
20 stars
attended Sep 19 2013

Great vocals, good acting, like a rock musical set to an unusual but interesting and heartwrenching story.

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