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Musical at ASU opens tonight

Production deals with living with bipolar disorder

From left, Kacy Whitley, Daniel Butler, Austin Farms, Maya Broadwater and Ishmael McKinstry rehearse scene from “Next to Normal.” (Special photo)

From left, Kacy Whitley, Daniel Butler, Austin Farms, Maya Broadwater and Ishmael McKinstry rehearse scene from “Next to Normal.” (Special photo)

ALBANY — The Albany State University Theatre department presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical “Next to Normal” opening at 7:45 p.m. today in the ACAD auditorium on campus for a three-night run.

“Next to Normal” tells the story of Diana Goodman, a wife and mother of two who has the mental illness, bipolar disorder. Through an electrifying score of nearly 30 rock songs, the audience shares in the emotional highs and lows that Diana and her family experience, ultimately discovering that hope exists no matter what the diagnosis. The musical contains adult language.

“It is one of the few musicals that can be honestly called a ‘rock musical’ with its rollicking score,” said Dr. Mark Burnette, ASU assistant professor of Fine Arts and the play’s director. “Through a powerful and memorable musical score, “Next to Normal” invites the audience to share in the daily life of the Goodman family, allowing us to better experience how mental illness impacts not only the life of the person with the illness, but the entire family.”

General admission is $5 for adults. Tickets are available at the door. Admission is free for ASU students, faculty and staff with proper ASU ID.

For more information contact the ASU Office of University Communications (229) 430-4671.