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‘Next to Normal’ at MTC MainStage tells story of coping with crisis

Opening the season at Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage in Westport, and running Oct. 19 through Nov. 4, is Next to Normal, the Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical.

With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. The play tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.

This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

MTC MainStage performances take place Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 3 at MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East (Colonial Green, Lower Level) in Westport.

For tickets and more information, call 203-454-3883 or visit musictheatreofct.com.

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