Licensing Company: MTI
Next To Normal
This version is based on the Original 2009 Broadway Production.
This show is slightly different in that in the orchestration, there is a traditional Keyboard/Conductor book that is all piano and then there is a hybrid Violin/Synth book designed to be played by the violinist. When the book calls for synth, the notation is all on one staff making it easy to go from violin to a single hand on the keyboard. There are a couple of songs where there is bass clef notation but it is still on one staff. There are only 15 synth patches in this book and they are all 80’s/90’s synth sounds that help to create the mood for that scene. You will need a violinist who can also play some basic keyboard and that can also read bass clef. Your violinist will not likely have experience playing keyboard programming but our accompanying PDF setup guide for this show will have step by step instructions on how to do this. You can always reach out to us as well and we will gladly walk the player through the synth programming portion of this book. I can guarantee you do not want any of our support on violin playing.
ORIGINAL MUSICAL EQUIPMENT USED
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book & Lyrics by: Brian Yorkey
Music by: Tom Kitt
Music orchestrated by: Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt
Vocal arrangements by: AnnMarie Milazzo
Musical Director: Charlie Alterman
Additional Guitar Arrangements by: Michael Aarons
Assistant Musical Director: Mat Eisenstein
Conducted by: Charlie Alterman
Violin/Keyboard: Yuiko Kamakari
Cello: Ben Kalb
Guitars: Eric B. Davis
Bass: Michael Blanco
Drums/Percussion: Damien Bassman
Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller
Copyist: Emily Grishman Music Preparation
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
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