The mark of a great musical is its ability to accept various directorial approaches. A case in point is “Next to Normal,” the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning show that is currently opening the fifth season of Slow Burn Theatre Company in west Boca Raton.
It is the dark tale of a suburban housewife who suffers from bi-polar mental disorder and her family’s efforts to cope, to pull her toward something resembling normalcy — whatever that means.
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NEXT TO NORMAL
Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca High School, 12811 West Glades Road, Boca Raton.
When: Through Sun., Nov. 2.
Tickets: $40. Call: (866) 811-4111.
The verdict: Yes, a musical about bi-polar mental disease, with a pulsing rock score and a fine cast capable of booming it out.